A leading UK specialist has become the first ever kidney consultant to be appointed at South Tyneside District Hospital.
Thanks to the joint working as part of the South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group. Dr Shalabh Srivastava joins South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trusts as a consultant nephrologist - specialising in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys.
He has been attracted to the post by the chance to practise both acute medicine and his specialism of renal medicine and is the first joint appointment for the Healthcare Group.
His appointment mean that, for the first time, people with kidney problems living in South Tyneside will be able to attend a clinic locally, rather than travelling to Sunderland for ongoing routine appointments and check-ups.
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust is one of only three major centres in the North East specialising in renal medicine.
Dr Srivastava has already started a new clinic for adult kidney patients at South Tyneside District Hospital and runs clinics and carries out renal procedures at Sunderland Royal Hospital and is also teaching South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s junior doctors about identifying kidney problems and dealing with them early.
Ken Bremner, chief executive of the South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Srivastava to our organisation, which means we are now able to offer the services of a kidney specialist in South Tyneside for the first time.
“This is an excellent demonstration of what can be achieved with South Tyneside and Sunderland hospitals now working together in partnership.”
Dr Srivastava graduated from Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India, and, following seven years of postgraduate medical training at Barts & The London NHS Trust, came to the North East in 2011 to work as a renal trainee at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
He is at the forefront of medical research which may offer new hope in relation to childhood kidney diseases.
He recently finished a three-year £227,000 doctoral research project funded by Kidney Research UK at Newcastle University.
Dr Srivastava said: “I am very excited about the opportunity in my new role to improve patient care. South Tyneside patients will no longer have to travel for all of their clinic appointments and, through our two trusts working together, there is the potential to expand renal services in both areas, which will hopefully attract more medical staff of the highest calibre to the area.”