What is the young adult support service?

The renal young adult support service offers practical and psychosocial support to those aged 30 years and under who have renal conditions and are cared for by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. It includes patients who attend the Barnet, Edgware, St Pancras, and Tottenham Hale dialysis units.

What do the young adult workers support with?

The young adult workers provide support and advice in several areas. The service not only aims to help you with your physical health condition but with other life challenges that you might be facing. We can also refer and liaise with other services on your behalf.

One-to-one support

Some of the areas of support that may be provided are:

  • Transitioning to adult services
  • Navigating the health system (appointment reminders, facilitating communication with your medical team)
  • Emotional support
  • Sexual health support
  • Educational support
  • Housing
  • Adjustment to illness
  • Finances (grants/benefits)

Inpatient support

  • Emotional support on the wards

Online group support

  • Monthly support group for young renal patients to meet each other
  • Educational and social component to each session

Risks and side-effects

You can access the service by phone or email. This service is available from Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

We are not an emergency service and cannot provide a rapid response in a mental health crisis. If you require urgent mental health support, please contact your GP, or go to your nearest emergency department.