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Haemodialysis (HD)
HDHaemodialysis (HD) at the hospital 3x/week. Nearly everybody is suitable to have HD if their kidneys stop working. Each session is about 4 hours long. This is where you lie or sit on a bed or chair and blood is removed from you (only about 300mls at a time), filtered/cleaned by the haemodialysis machine next to you, and then put back into you. You don’t feel the blood going in and out.

To do HD a fistula needs to be surgically created in your arm (to get the blood out and back into you during HD). We hope to do this operation (usually using a local anaesthetic and back home the same day) about 6 months before HD is needed so there is time for the fistula to become usable. Remember to try and preserve your veins for the fistula (see the leaflet below).

Home HDHaemodialysis at home (Home HD) (People will start Hospital HD first). If you come to think that doing HD at home is a better idea for you we can discuss this. It can take about 6 months after people have started HD in the hospital to plan, train and move onto HD at home. You will need room in your house for the machine and a lot of boxes that hold the consumables the machine uses. And you have to have somebody at home who can help you with your haemodialysis.

An Explanation of Heamodialysis (HD)

The Fistula - necessary to get the blood out (for cleaning) and to put it back into people.

Insertion of the Haemodialysis catheter (the neck line) - an animation - Necklines are used if we can't make a fistula.

Insertion of the Haemodialysis catheter (the neck line) - video (
warning for those who don't like seeing blood - this video shows skin incisions and blood).Make Full Screen to see text in video.

  1. The Fistula - what it is
  2. Vein Preservation, preserve your veins! - print out and share with those who take your blood to explain why we ask that the veins in both arms be preserved
  3. Exercises to keep your fistula healthy
  4. The haemodialysis catheter (the neck line)
  5. How to look after your fistula

Listen to people already doing HD

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

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

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


Home Haemodialysis

Hospital Haemodialysis