The IPO-Porto Nephrology Service is one of the Institution’s Support Hospital Clinical Service.
From the architectonic point of view, the Service has one area dedicated to Nephrology consultation with one nursing office and two medical offices. It also has a suitable Haemodialysis Unit, being that the dialysis room is broad and has natural light, largely exceeding the measures required in the current legislation (Decree-law 505/99).
The Nephrology Service seeks to provide the best response to all cooperation requests made by the Institution’s different Oncological Clinics and Services, for diagnosis and treatment of its patients, as well as to constitute an assistance department in the area of Nephrology which, due to its quality, is a reference in this area of Medicine, both inside and outside the Institution.
The Dialysis Unit fulfils the requirements of the Decree-law no. 505/99 – “Good Practices Manual”.
The Nephrology Service provides specialist assistance in the area of Nephrology to IPO-Porto patients and opens up, according to the request made by the Institution’s Board, to other assistance activities in the scope of its competences and eventually to non-oncological patients for treatment in the Dialysis Unit.
The Nephrology Service also conducts research within its area and especially actively cooperates with post-graduate training, namely in the Complementary Medical Internships and training in Nursing on the Haemodialysis Unit.
The Nephrology Service intends to continue being a capable Nephrology Hospital Service and nationally and internationally recognized as such, providing the practice of research to its professionals and training/education to professionals from inside and outside the Institution.
The values that rule the Service’s activity are as follows:
– Respect and promotion for the patient’s autonomy;
– Concern for optimizing the use of resources; contribute to improve health gains in oncology/nephrology;
– Will to achieve the institutional objectives.
– Provide care to patients with team work spirit for a common good, the best assistance to the patients and their families;
– Favour the patient’s satisfaction in the care unit;
– Assure the quality of the services provided, which is controlled and evaluated by implementing quality improvement objectives, annually planned and evaluated;
– Assure compliance of the patients’ rights charter, namely pertaining confidentiality, dignity, privacy, culture and religious beliefs;
– Promote training and permanent updating of the Service’s professionals, according to the guidelines supplied, for this area, by the IPO-Porto management and training departments;
– Guarantee that the Institution’s current standards are complied with.