More information about haemodialysis is available below.

Chronic haemodialysis in a dialysis centre

For this treatment you have to come to the hospital three times a week. During a morning or afternoon, an artificial kidney will purify your blood.

The blood can be supplied to the dialysis machine in two ways:

  • Via a fistula: a connection of a vein with an artery in the arm, so that a wide vein can develop, which can be punctured during each dialysis.
  • Via a catheter: a plastic tube implanted in the neck or chest under local anaesthetic. This is used when a fistula is not possible.

During dialysis you sit in a comfortable chair or lie in bed. You have an individual TV or radio. There is also access to the internet. You will receive individual, customised, high-quality treatment in a modern centre with up-to-date equipment. You are surrounded by expert nursing staff, supervised by the team of nephrologists. We also rely on dieticians and social nurses.

The dialysis treatment is fully reimbursed.

The advantages of chronic haemodialysis in a dialysis centre are:

  • The hours of treatment are fixed.
  • You meet other patients.
  • The dialysis department arranges transport to and from the dialysis centre.
  • You will be offered a meal by the hospital.
  • You do not have to worry about the therapy. Everything is monitored by the nurses and the nephrologists. Every dialysis you will be visited by the nephrologist to discuss medical problems.

Acute dialysis

With the diagnosis of acute severe renal failure, there is sometimes a need for acute dialysis. This treatment can be carried out in the Intensive Care Unit or, after stabilisation of the patient, in the haemodialysis unit.

The choice of technique for acute dialysis is determined in consultation between the nephrologist, the physician intensivist and cardiologist.


Plasmapheresis is indicated in the treatment of some rare diseases.

During a plasmapheresis treatment the patient's own plasma is exchanged with other fluids.

Home haemodialysis

You can also have haemodialysis at home, but is only possible if you have a stable dialysis.

There are a number of reasons for choosing home haemodialysis:

  • Some prefer to do the dialysis in their own environment. It means they take responsibility for their own treatment.
  • You can decide for yourself when, how long and how often the treatments take place, within medically justifiable limits.
  • There is no more travel time to the dialysis centre, so waiting for patient transport is no longer a problem.
  • The diet to be followed is less strict with more frequent dialysis.
  • You will visit the hospital less: after training, you will only see your doctor and nurse every 4 to 6 weeks.

Before starting home haemodialysis, you will first receive a training, which will last about two months.

All the necessary materials to do the treatment at home in the best conditions are provided by the centre and delivered to the patient's home. The direct costs of dialysis are reimbursed by the health insurance fund and settled directly with the hospital (so the patient does not have to pay for the equipment and use of the device).

Every six weeks a blood sample is taken and your medical condition is discussed with your nephrologist.

Are you interested in starting home dialysis? In that case, contact your nephrologist.

Some disadvantages may be that you have to do the dialysis alone at home. However, there is always a standby service available in case of technical problems, and a standby service from the hospital for medical problems. You also need some space to store the material and the device.

Self-care dialysis

This means that the patient is dialysed in the hospital (at the dialysis department), but is partly responsible for his/her treatment. Self-care is therefore a nice compromise between home dialysis and haemodialysis at the hospital.

Preferably you are in a relatively healthy condition, i.e. no major diseases or disorders in addition to your dialysis treatment. Furthermore, you are motivated to take on a shared responsibility. And you show a genuine interest in the training you are offered.

This training takes one to two months, depending on the individual. You learn what dialysis treatment involves, how to set up a machine, what alarms you may be confronted with and how to solve them... This is all based on a fully developed course and close guidance from the nursing staff.

Some reasons to choose self-care dialysis:

  • Independence for you and your family:
    • no waiting times
    • more compatible with your job (free choice of times and days, 3 to 6 days of dialysis per week and maximum 3 days between treatments)
    • less strict diet in case of more frequent dialysis
    • self-care

Holiday dialysis

Holidays and dialysis go perfectly together in our region. You can have the dialysis in Ypres and our Centre for Autodialysis in Veurne.

  • Holiday dialysis Ypres:

You are welcome at our centre for chronic haemodialysis.

Interested parties can download the application form below.

Please return the completed form to the centre where the request was made at least one month before the first holiday dialysis.

Night dialysis

In the dialysis centre of the Jan Yperman Hospital, the possibility of dialysing at night has existed since the beginning of October 2017.

To be a candidate, you must first and foremost be motivated and have no medical contraindication for night dialysis. The intention is to help professionally active patients in the first place, but other patients can certainly be considered as well.

The decision is made by the nephrologists.

Practical details

There are 10 places available at night for dialysis patients according to a fixed schedule on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

Nocturnal haemodialysis takes on average 8 hours. Patients are expected to report for dialysis between 21 and 22 hours. Two dialysis nurses are present at night.

Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages of nocturnal dialysis are a better quality of life and better control of phosphorus, which makes the diet less strict, allows medication to be tapered off frequently and reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis. Fluid removal can also be slower, resulting in less frequent cramps and drops in blood pressure. Often, blood-pressure-lowering medication can also be reduced.

There are also psychosocial benefits: because dialysis takes place during sleep, time is freed up during the day for study, work or family activities.

A disadvantage may be that your sleep is impaired during the nocturnal dialysis.

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More info

For additional information and questions, please contact the dialysis head nurse or one of the deputy managers on phone number 057 35 61 41 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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