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Renal (Kidney) Services

Renal Clinical Investigation Unit (RCIU) Freeman Hospital

Contact: (0191) 213 7562 - Sister Belinda McDonald

The Renal Clinical Investigation Unit (RCIU) in the Renal Services Centre provides an outpatient service led by Specialist Nurse Practitioners who offer a wide range of care and support for patients with kidney disorders.

You may be seen in the RCIU for many reasons including blood tests, treatment, education, support and guidance. You will also be seen there regularly in the early weeks following a kidney transplant to closely monitor your progress and to make sure your new kidney is working well.

We run a comprehensive ‘pre-dialysis’ education programme. A personalised education portofolio has been developed to help you to understand all about your condition, and to be prepared for what to expect in terms of treatment and medication options. It also gives advice on nutrition and diet and how to maintain a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. This is also available in electronic format - ask one of our Specialist Nurse Practitioners for more information.

How to find us

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The Renal Clinical Investigation Unit (RCIU) is based in the Renal Outpatient Department of the Renal Services Centre at the Freeman Hospital.   To find us:

  • Come through the Main Entrance of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and Renal Services Centre where you will find yourself in the main atrium of the centre with the reception desk in front of you.
  • Walk past the reception area and keep walking straight ahead past WHSmith until you reach a set of double doors.
  • Walk through the double doors and carry on walking straight ahead until you see the sign for the Renal Outpatient Department on your left hand side.
  • The RCIU is at the far end of the Renal Outpatient Department.

How to get to the hospital

Staff you are likely to meet

The Renal Clinical Investigation Unit is a nurse led unit run by nurse practitioners and led by Sister Belinda McDonald and Matron Julia Ibbotson. 

You may also see other members of the renal team such as dieticians and social workers.

Things you need to know

  • If you are on medication please bring a list or drug card with you, if you have one.  
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