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CHAPTER 7










              AFTER THE TRANSPLANT




               he following information is designed to help answer some of the questions you might have
              following your kidney transplant. This information is only a guide. You should discuss any
        Tworries or concerns you have with your doctor or transplant nurse.
           After your transplant, you will need to take medication every day and return to the hospital for
        regular check ups.



          GOING HOME                         Renal Day Care, Hamilton Ward
          Going home, after a
          kidney transplant, is
          usually a happy and
          emotional occasion,
          but this feeling of joy
          may also be
          accompanied by a
          significant level of
          anxiety for the first
          few weeks. It is
          important to realise
          that recovery
          following the
          transplant  is a process          OUTPATIENT FOLLOW UP
                                              Before discharge from hospital, kidney transplant recipients are
          that can take many
          weeks or months.                  given a medical diary called a Renal Transplant Passport. It will have
                                            all your blood results and any changes made by the doctor to your
            For both the patient
          and their family it can           medication regime. You must bring this book with you to all your visits
                                            to the hospital.
          take a while to adjust
          to the new way of life.             After discharge, patients from Cork will be followed up at the Cork
                                            Renal Unit, whilst all other patients will initially be followed up at Renal
          Once the vulnerable
          early period of about             Day Care, on Hamilton Ward (3rd Floor), Beaumont Hospital. Before
                                            discharge, you will be given an appointment for Renal Day Care. In the
          three months has
          passed, most kidney               beginning, you will attend the hospital once or twice a week. In time,
                                            these visits will become less frequent. Once the doctor is happy with
          transplant recipients
          enjoy recovery to a full          your progress, you will be transferred to the outpatient department
                                            and may be transferred back to your referring hospital for long-term
          and active life.
                                            or ‘shared care’, where you will have regular follow-up with your own
                                            nephrologist and medical team.







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