Renal Satellite Dialysis Service



What is Haemodialysis?

Haemodialysis involves the use of a pump, which pumps the blood in a circuit from the body through an artificial kidney, and back to the body. As the blood goes through the artificial kidney the waste products move across a membrane and the waste products are removed from the blood.

A dialysis session takes between four to six hours, and is usually required three times each week.

For more information on kidney disease and haemodialysis, an interesting website is Kidney Health New Zealand 

What is Peritoneal Dialysis?

 Peritoneal Dialysis is a treatment modality for patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease) which is managed by health consumers at home. It involves a process where the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen acts as the filter to remove wastes and toxins from the body.

We currently have two Clinical Specialty Nurses who work out of the Renal Satellite Unit to assist clients in the community.
Robyn Hawkins and Helga Unteregger and be contacted on 07 343 7785 ex 7864

Facility and Equipment

The Renal Unit has been based on Pukeroa Hill, Rotorua Hospital since mid-2006.

A total of 12 chairs are utilised six days a week.  

Fundraising Project - Renal Satellite Service for Lakes

 The development of a Renal Satellite Dialysis Unit (RSDU) within the Lakes region was made possible by the Te Whakapono Health Trust, who fund-raised over $720,000 for  this very important service.

Lakes DHB has been the very lucky recipient of tremendous fundraising by Te Whakapono Health Trust for over a decade and will always be very grateful for the support.

With the introduction of the satellite unit at Rotorua in 2006, Lakes patients no longer needed to drive -and-from Hamilton several times per week for their haemodialysis treatment. 

The service celebrated its 10 year anniversary in mid-2016 (see Te Whakapono Health Trust members at left)  and Medicine Services Manager Jane Chittenden said  the Renal Dialysis Satellite Unit operates without the direct support of a specialist medical team .  She added the skill and knowledge of Lakes DHB’s renal nurses is to be recommended. 

“Our renal patients are receiving an encompassing and high quality standard of care, and our staff are very committed,” she added. 



Renal service patients and staff at the 10th anniversary celebration in mid-2016.




RSDU Service, Staff and Contact Information

The Lakes Satellite Service currently provides outpatient haemodialysis to patients six days per week, 52 weeks per year.
The Lakes RSDU is a satellite of the Regional Renal Service (tertiary centre at Waikato District Health Board).


Contact Number

Clinical Nurse Manager: Tracy Boyd extn 7785
Nurses' Station extn 7785
Renal Unit Fax Machine 07 349 7784