Dialysis services

What is kidney dialysis?

Dialysis is a form of treatment for patients with kidney failure as a result of kidney disease. It is a process for removing excess water and blood from the body, simulating the work of the kidney. 

Our kidney dialysis service provides renal replacement therapy (RRT) to patients living in north central London. 

We are committed to providing a service that is local to patients' homes and convenient to their lifestyle. The Royal Free London operates community-based dialysis units delivering local treatment to patients from Edmonton to Kings Cross. 

We also have an acute dialysis centre at the Royal Free Hospital for in-patients suffering from chronic kidney failure who may have specialist requirements.

Our kidney dialysis treatment includes:

  • Haemodialysis and haemodiafiltration
  • Peritoneal dialysis, including continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis 
  • Ambulatory peritoneal dialysis and continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis 

Go to the left hand navigation to find out more about having peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis in your home.

Treating kidney failure in the acute dialysis unit at the Royal Free Hospital

The acute dialysis unit also provides dialysis services for all in-patients at the Royal Free Hospital who are admitted with acute renal failure. The unit is located in the 10 South ward.