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"I would just like to say how grateful I am to all the staff at the Freeman Hospital. I was referred to the Renal Unit for an urgent consultation and received excellent treatment and diagnosis of my condition".  Mr MJ

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Renal (Kidney) Services

Renal (Kidney) Services

Our services are housed in the purpose-built Renal Services Centre at the Freeman Hospital. 

All haemodialysis treatment is provided here or at our satellite unit at Alnwick, together with most inpatient and outpatient care in a modern and comfortable environment. Our transplant unit is on Ward 38, in The Institute of Transplantation also at the Freeman Hospital

One of the largest centres in the UK for kidney healthcare, this facility offers:

  • All Renal Services in one location at the Freeman Hospital
  • A high-specification Haemodialysis Unit with five open-plan, bright and comfortable suites
  • A spacious hotel quality feel with over half the bedrooms single occupancy with en suite facilities
  • A dedicated outpatient suite with Consultant-led, specialist clincs as well as improved patient information and educational materials

To find out how to get to the Freeman Hospital, go to the Freeman Hospital's 'how to find us page. You can also find out more about the parking arrangements we have in place for patients and visitors to the Renal Services Centre.


Our services

The Renal Services at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides comprehensive kidney care for the one million or so people who live in Newcastle and Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Our service includes the diagnosis, investigation, treatment and long term management of kidney problems in adults and we work together as a specialist team to provide all aspects of care tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

We undertake Kidney Transplants for the whole of the Northern Region and we perform about 120 kidney transplants and 10 pancreas transplants every year.

Comprehensive range of specialist clinics

We run a full range of outpatient clinics at our purpose built Renal Services Centre at Freeman Hospital as well as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. We also have a satellite haemodialysis unit in Alnwick run by Renal Services UK. Specialist clinics have been developed for the management of many renal conditions including:

Our renal surgical clinics include comprehensive assessment for transplant and dialysis access.  We also hold special clinics for women who need close monitoring and support during pregnancy and people with genetic conditions that run in the family.

Specialist support and advice when you need it

Our Renal Clinical Investigation Unit is led by Specialist Nurse Practitioners who provide a wide range of tests, monitoring, treatment, and offer education and advice for all types of kidney disorders and associated conditions such as hypertension. 

Haemodialysis is provided on our dedicated dialysis unit at the Freeman Hospital and also at our Satellite Unit in Alnwick (run by Renal Services UK)

Peritoneal dialysis is also provided at the Freeman Hospital.

We lead the North East's acute renal failure service working closely with all of our critical care teams based across the Newcastle hospitals. We also work closely with clinical colleagues in other hospital departments, contributing to the renal care of their patients.

Committed to continuously improving patient care

Newcastle has an expanding Academic Renal Unit with an excellent track record in kidney research and state of the art laboratory facilities based at the Centre for Life. This means our patients can be offered the opportunity to try potential new therapies for their condition and may be able to benefit from ground-breaking new treatments.

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