SWMIT provides information and advice on the adjustment of drug dosage in patients with renal impairment and/or on renal replacement therapies. The centre is staffed by 5 pharmacists and 1 pharmacy technician, who are all experienced in providing medicines information. We are based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary but are separate to the hospital’s own local Medicines Information Centre.
The types of enquiry answered include:
Information on adverse effects of drugs on the kidney and drugs in renal transplantation is NOT included in our databases.
There is no adult renal unit attached to the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and therefore it is advised that enquirers seeking practical advice do so from their local renal units. Our nearest adult renal unit is at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, and support us when clinical opinion is required.
Prior to contacting the centre, we would expect a standard search to have been carried out, as answers can sometimes be found in resources held at Medicine Information centres.
The list below is provided as a template for a background search before contacting SWMI. We appreciate that some MI centres will not hold all of these resources.
When contacting the centre with an enquiry, the following background information will be required to enable a full answer to be given:
For enquiries relating to drug dosing in renal impairment/failure:
It may also be appropriate to contact the manufacturer
For enquiries relating to drug dosing in renal replacement therapies, in addition to the sources listed above:
Available from NHS Evidence
Users of the Renal Q&As which have been previously printed from the internet should ensure that the most up to date version is being employed.
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