Renal (Kidney) Services

Our team provide a nephrology (renal) service to a population of around one million people across the Tees Valley, South Durham and parts of North Yorkshire.

The service is based at The James Cook University Hospital where we have inpatient and outpatient facilities for investigating, diagnosing and managing patients with renal disease, immunological disease and poisoning.Renal unit James Cook Hospital

The department at James Cook includes a 24-bed ward (Ward 4) and a 20-stationed chronic haemodialysis unit. The peritoneal dialysis service is based at James Cook and we also have facilities to see patients in an ambulatory setting in our renal day unit for consultations and treatment.

There are three satellite dialysis units in the area which are overseen by the James Cook renal services team, in Darlington, Stockton and North Ormesby.

Outpatient clinics are held in the main outpatient department at James Cook. There are also weekly renal clinics in surrounding district general hospitals – Stockton (University Hospital of North Tees), Hartlepool (University Hospital Hartlepool), Darlington (Darlington Memorial Hospital), Bishop Auckland General Hospital and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

None of these hospitals have consultant nephrologists so the James Cook team also provides advice and support for kidney patients there, and arranges transfer to James Cook for inpatient care when necessary.

artificial kidney (dialysis) device

Click here to see a map of the area we serve and the locations of our various units.

Our team promotes home treatments where possible and we have patients on home dialysis and patients as well as peritoneal dialysis. These services are managed with the help of a home therapies team.

The unit has very close links with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where kidney transplants are performed and early discharge of transplant recipients back into our care is normal practice, usually as soon as the patients have been discharged from Newcastle after their transplant. We enthusiastically promote live kidney donor transplantation and have had a significant number of live donor transplants over the last five years.

Renal unit given a new lease of life thanks to local community

The James Cook University Hospital’s renal day unit was transformed into a modern, purpose-built centre just 11 months after a major fundraising appeal was launched.

Staff and patients at the Middlesbrough hospital announced ambitious plans to raise £500,000 with the support of Our Hospitals Charity back in November 2020 to help develop a first class facility to deliver kidney care.

Despite challenging times with COVID-19, their fundraising goal was exceeded and the old unit was replaced with a fresh, fit for purpose area where patients’ needs can be met in one place.

Click here to read about the renal day unit refurbishment 

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