Dialysis Clinic

The Horacio Oduber Hospital Aruba has been assisting patients on dialysis and their family members since 1981. Dialysis care at our hospital is provided by a team of professionals including qualified dialysis nurses, assistants and nephrologists. We also have social worker and dietician in house to guide patients. Our medical technician takes care of the maintenance and repairs of dialysis equipment and other medical equipment.

Over the years the Dialysis Clinic has developed into a very modern clinic in the Caribbean. The Dialysis clinic is a hospital-based unit with 21 dialysis units and is located behind the main building of the hospital. Dialysis takes place in the morning, afternoon and evenings.

Contact information:

The clinic is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays the clinic is open from 7:00am until 7:00pm. The clinic is closed on Sundays. We are available 24/7 for cases of emergencies through the reception clerk.

Direct telephone number Dialysis Clinic: (+297) 527-4371
Outpatient clinic nephrology: (+297) 527-4371

Telephone number reception clerk hospital: (+297)527-4000

For information about vacation Dialysis please click here. Please note that we only offer hemodialysis for our transient patients and do take into account applying two (2) months ahead of your travel.

For our local patients we offer the following:


In the pre-dialysis phase, the outpatient regularly visits the outpatient clinic nephrology also situated in the building of the Dialysis Clinic. In this period, the patient and the nephrologist determine what treatment of renal function replacement therapy will be most suitable. Conversations also take place with the social worker, the dietician, and the specialized dialysis nurse.

Forms of hemodialysis

In case of hemodialysis, the patient comes to the dialysis clinic three times per week according to the nephrologist’s instructions. The regular treatment takes 3 to 4 hours. Patient transportation to the Dialysis Clinic can be provided a patient transport company.  The driver assists the patient, if necessary, in getting to the waiting room of the dialysis clinic.

Active dialysis
At our unit, self-care with regards to the treatment is stimulated. The patient can be trained to carry out the treatment as much as possible by himself, supervised by a dialysis nurse or dialysis assistant. The dialysis nurse or dialysis assistant remains the person ultimately responsible. The patient can determine to what extent he or she wants to be trained in self-care.

Passive dialysis
If the patient is not capable of actively participating in the dialysis treatment, care will be provided by the dialysis nurse or the dialysis assistant.

Access to the bloodstream
During the dialysis, a good, permanent connection between the bloodstream and the artificial kidney is necessary. This is called a shunt. A shunt is implanted surgically by the surgeon. Temporary access to the bloodstream can also be made by means of a dialysis catheter.

Forms of peritoneal dialysis

There are various forms of peritoneal dialysis: CAPD = Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis and APD = Automated Peritoneal Dialysis. With PD, the dialysis patient can carry out his or her own treatment at home. The dialysate gets into the abdominal cavity through a permanent connection by means of a peritoneal dialysis catheter.

In this case, the patient uses dialysate that runs into and out of the abdominal cavity through a catheter. The patient learns during training how to treat himself. The diet and consumption of fluids are less limited than in case of hemodialysis.

In case of Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD), a machine is used to exchange the fluids. The dialysis takes place at home, during the night, when the patient sleeps.

Kidney transplant

Beside hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, a kidney transplant is another option of renal function replacement therapy. In consultation with the nephrologist, it will be assessed whether the patient qualifies for a kidney transplant. Kidney transplant preparation takes place in Aruba, the actual surgery takes place in the Netherlands.

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