Childrens Services

Kidney Services

The Great North Children’s Hospital Kidney Team is the only specialist team for the investigation, diagnosis, treatment, education, and ongoing support and care of children’s kidney diseases in the North of England.

We are based in Newcastle and cover from the Scottish border down to North Yorkshire, and across to West Cumbria.

Specialist care for all children's healthcare needs

Working with colleagues - such as children’s urologists and transplant surgeons - we provide a full range of treatment for children with kidney disease. This includes:

  • transplantation
  • haemodialysis
  • peritoneal dialysis.

We provide support to families ranging from antenatal diagnosis, to transition care into adulthood. We are one of 10 children’s kidney transplant centres in the country.

Our clinic for teenagers (held at the Great North Children's Hospital) and young adults (held at Freeman Hospital) provides a service to meet the specific needs of older children.

Dedicated team

We have a dedicated team with a range of skills to provide an all-round package of advanced care. Our team includes:

  • specialised children’s nurses
  • renal dietician
  • psychologists
  • renal social worker.

Expert care - when and where you need it

All our patients are initially assessed at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. For patients with chronic conditions who need to be seen frequently, we run shared care clinics in Carlisle, Bishop Auckland, North Tees, Middlesbrough and Whitehaven. So you may not have to travel as far to see one of our specialists.

Access to latest technology and facilities

Kidney problems can be highly complex. We have the very latest technology and diagnostic facilities to help us get as accurate a diagnosis of a child's problem as possible. As many kidney conditions are inherited, we run a renal family genetic clinic with our colleagues in adult and genetic services.

Our unit has developed an experimental infant haemodialysis machine that can provide dialysis for infants down to 1.5kg in weight. Newcastle also hosts the national centre for 'atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome'.

More information

Useful websites

You can get more information about kidney disease at:

The National Renal Complement Therapeutics Centre (NRCTC) is a combined clinical, diagnostic, research and treatment centre for the complement mediated diseases: atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) and C3 glomerulopathy. All patients in England treated with Eculizumab for these diseases are managed through the NRCTC.


For more information about our service, please contact: 

  • Dr Sally Johnson, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and Head of Department
  • tel: 0191 282 4917
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