About this service

Aintree’s nephrology/renal service provides treatment and care for patients across Merseyside who have kidney (renal) problems such as renal failure, vasculitis, nephrotic syndrome, and anaemia.

Nephrology is a specialty of medicine that concerns itself with the study of normal kidney function, kidney problems, the treatment of kidney problems and renal replacement therapy (dialysis and kidney transplantation.

Treatment and specialist services provided include:

  • Acute Haemodialysis
  • Chronic Haemodialysis Satellite Units
    • Southport Fresenius dialysis Unit based at Southport hospital supporting outpatient dialysis for patients living around Southport
    • Management of Waterloo Satellite Unit providing holiday dialysis facility
  • Home haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programme with dedicated home therapies training facility
  • Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease care
  • Dedicated outpatient facilities
  • Anaemia management
  • Conservative kidney management
  • Plasma exchange services
  • AKI Advanced Nurse Practitioners supporting the care of admitted patients with Acute Kidney Injury across the hospital

For further information please visit the Aintree Renal service’s dedicated website


Ward 15 is the Renal Ward, with the Acute Dialysis Unit and Home Therapies Training based on the adjoining Ward 14. Outpatient services are based at the Elective Care Centre and Diabetes Centre at Aintree University Hospital.

Referral information

Patients with can be referred via their GP or hospital doctor

The Team

The Renal Centre team is comprises of specialist consultants and specialist nurses, including transplant nurses.

Our consultant team includes:

  • Dr Harsha Wodeyar, Clinical Director, Nephrology. Consultant Nephrologist and Physician , GMC No: 6083571

  • Dr Christopher Goldsmith, Consultant Nephrologist and Physician , GMC No: 4714635

  • Dr Abraham Abraham, Consultant Nephrologist and Physician , GMC No: 5172044

    Dr Abraham Abraham qualified in India and went on to specialise in general medicine before training further as an intensivist. He then moved to Ireland where he trained in nephrology and transplantation medicine. After completing his training, he continued working in Dublin as a lecturer and research fellow with an interest in maternal and transplant medicine. Dr Abraham moved to Liverpool in 2002 as a consultant nephrologist to set up the Aintree Renal Unit with a colleague and was clinical director until 2007.

    Dr Abraham was an active member on the Executive Committee of the UK Renal Registry until 2012 and the Executive Committee of the Renal Association until 2013. He stepped down from the post of Regional Advisor for Renal Medicine in 2014. Currently, he remains a member of the Cheshire & Merseyside Renal IT Board, chair of the regional Specialist Training Committee, clinical lead of the regional Kidney Care Network, co-chair of the regional AKI collaboration and a member of the national Kidney Health Partnership Board.

  • Dr Thangavelu Chandrasekar, Consultant Nephrologist and Physician, GMC no: 5198937

    Dr Chandrasekar has been a consultant nephrologist and physician at Aintree since 2009, having completed his post-graduate specialty training(CCT) in Nephrology and general medicine in the mersey deanery, U.K. Dr Chandrasekar provides comprehensive care in all aspects of nephrology with a special interest in acute kidney injury(AKI) and home dialysis treatment for which he is the clinical lead in the department.

  • Dr Craig Gradden, Consultant Nephrologist and Physician , GMC No: 3465583

  • Dr Azri Nache, Consultant Nephrologist , GMC No: 6075431

  • Dr Bhavna Pandya, Consultant Nephrologist , GMC No: 4385743

  • Dr Christopher Wong, Consultant Nephrologist and Physician , GMC No: 6038036

    Professor Dr. Christopher Wong is a Consultant Nephrologist at Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust. He qualified from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1995. He trained in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and completed his nephrology training in the Mersey Deanery training programme before being appointed to his current position in 2007.

    He was the Clinical Director in the Department of Renal Medicine, University Hospital Aintree.  Dr Wong's main clinical interests are in the management of patients with glomerular diseases, diabetic nephropathy, vasculitis, obesity, hypertension, acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease. He is keen in medical education and has held the honorary academic position as the Visiting Professor in Health Sciences at the Liverpool Hope University since 2014. Professor Dr Wong is actively involved in research and has numerous publications in renal medicine.

  • Dr Olivia Worthington, Consultant Nephrologist , GMC No: 6101657