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If a transplant is not yet or ever possible, dialysis can also replace kidney function.

We offer 4 ways of doing dialysis:

  1. CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis)
  2. APD (Automated Peritoneal Dialysis)
  3. Home HD (Home Haemodialysis)  Keep Well!
  4. Hospital HD (Hospital Haemodialysis)

Not everybody is suitable for all these treatments. Your Renal Team will let you know.

Scroll down or click on the section headings below to find out about these treatments.

Section 1 = Introduction

Section 2 = Peritoneal Dialysis

Section 3 = Haemodialysis

If you need these long term renal treatments some changes are needed to help you live with them well. Things that can help:

  • Watch and read the videos and leaflets below - they will help you understand the treatments.
  • We can arrange for you to meet others already on the treatments to chat to and gain insight.
  • We have a renal counsellor and renal social worker for you to contact when you wish to help you adjust. See ‘Contact Us’ page on this website.
  • There are numerous kidney support groups to help you in many various ways – local and national – see ‘Support’ page on this website.

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Section 1 'Introduction to living on dialysis'
Videos to watch
(All videos can be made full screen)

Things to read

Dialysis - introduction

        Our Kidney Booklet

Introduction & Working with your Renal Team
  1. Decision Aid comparing the different ways to have dialysis - more simple than above  - an interactive program (from the USA)

Making the Right Treatment Choices
  1. Decision Aid comparing the different ways to dialyse - a PDF document - not an interactive program

Managing your Blood Levels

Work & Rights as an employer and Current & Future Research

Living with Dialysis part 1

Living with Dialysis part 2

Shared Care Dialysis - Living Life to the Full

Choosing the right treatment

Section 2 'Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)'
(All videos can be made full screen)

Videos to watch

Things to read

Doing Peritoneal Dialysis - PD

Peritoneal Dialysis

How PD works Peritoneal Dialysis CAPD

Gina 76 years old opting for Automated Peritoneal Dialysis APD  

Margaret 40 years old opting for APD and then a Transplant

Mark 39 years old opting for CAPD

Pamela 73 years old opting for Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis CAPD

Stephen 53 years old opting for APD

Ray in his 60s opts for APD

Glenna aged 52 opts for CAPD

Sophie aged 32 opts for CAPD & APD

Fresenius -
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis APD
sleep•safe harmony Procedure -

step by step guide

Fresenius -
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis
  CAPD Exchange Procedure - 

step by step guide

Baxter -
Home Choice
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis
(APD) Machine

step by step guide

See Baxter Website - a link to 10 short Baxter HealthCare videos about PD. If you look at all of these you will really have a good understanding of what doing PD is about

Section 3 'Haemodialysis (HD)'
(All videos can be made full screen)

Videos to watch

Things to read

Explanation of Haemodialysis - How HD works
Read about the

Doing Haemodialysis by yourself at home or in a self care unit
Home Haemodialysis

You can do more of the haemodialysis yourself to help take control of your life back
Hospital Haemodialysis

Kabir 41 years old opting for Hospital Haemodialysis Hosp HD

Richard 52 years old opting for Home Haemodialysis

Maddy aged 22 opts for Home HD

Andrew aged 46 opts for Home HD

Home Haemodialysis video

Patrick aged 41 opts for Nocturnal Home HD

David aged 37 opts for Hospital HD

Summary of Treatments

Excellent sites on RRT (Renal Replacement Therapy - that means transplantation and dialysis).
  1.   What is RRT – easy to read – good animations
  2.   Medical information about RRT from the National Kidney Federation

Other videos more or less repeating the same information but here if you want to watch them:
   How Peritoneal Dialysis Works - animations