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Getting Started

Getting started with kidney dialysis treatment can be overwhelming, but our dedicated Central Florida Kidney Centers healthcare team is ready to help. Our goal is to help you feel your best. Most importantly, your participation is key. Before any dialysis treatment begins, you and your physician will need to provide Central Florida Kidney Centers with your complete medical history, recent lab results, diagnostic reports (x-rays and EKG), medications, diet and other medical restrictions information. Our intake team will verify your insurance and determine if pre-authorization is needed. With all this information in hand, we will confirm your approved start date, location and schedule to begin the life-changing treatment program prescribed by your doctor.

What to Expect During Your Visit

On your first visit, you will meet the compassionate Central Florida Kidney Center team of Registered Nurses and Certified Dialysis Technicians, supported by scheduling staff, social workers and nutritionists. You’ll be admitted into the center by a Registered Nurse and cared for during your treatment by both a Registered Nurse and a Certified Dialysis Technician.

To ensure a positive and restful experience:

  • Wear comfortable clothing with no tight bracelets, watches, or sleeves
  • Bring or wear warm socks, in case you’d like to remove your shoes
  • Bring a blanket as you may find our treatment facility chilly
  • Bring something to do while you’re here, such as puzzle books, tablet, or a novel.  We do provide television at each treatment station, so please bring headphones if you’d like to watch TV
  • Please plan to eat before or after your treatment as we do not allow eating or drinking during treatment

Before you begin your first treatment, we will want to confirm all needed records, health information and schedule preferences.

  • You will be asked to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire & have your temperature taken at each visit.
  • We will ask for your insurance cards and government issued ID so we can make a copy for our records.  Please let your Medical Secretary know if anything changes with your insurance or contact information so we can keep our records up to date.  We will also ask your permission to take a photo for your medical chart.
  • You will be asked about your transportation to and from dialysis to be sure you will be able to make it to all of your treatment appointments and, if needed, begin paperwork to arrange transportation.  We will also ask you to complete consent forms for treatment.
  • Most patients have treatment either Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday each week.
  • Each treatment you will be weighed prior to be taken to your treatment station.  We will take a standing and sitting blood pressure.  During each treatment your vitals (blood pressure, respirations, and pulse) will be taken every 30 minutes and monitored by the nursing staff.  After each treatment, we will take a standing and sitting blood pressure and you will be weighed again before leaving the treatment floor.