Home Dialysis Therapies

Dialysis is a treatment for patients with advanced kidney failure which removes waste products and water from the blood which would usually be removed by functioning kidneys. It is possible to have this treatment at home.

artificial kidney (dialysis) deviceThere are two basic forms of dialysis, haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. It is possible to have either of these treatments at home.

At James Cook we have a dedicated team of specialist nurses who coordinate home dialysis treatment.

Haemodialysis involves using a dialysis machine to remove, clean and replace your blood.

The advantages to having haemodialysis at home rather than in hospital include fewer visits to hospital and the opportunity for more flexibility in how your treatment is delivered.

Not all patients who need haemodialysis will be suitable to receive their treatment at home, but all who are suitable should be offered the choice. Patients who wish to consider home haemodialysis will be assessed by the home dialysis team on an individual basis.

For more information about home haemodialysis for suitable patients, visit the National Kidney Federation website

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is designed to remove waste products and water from the blood using a tube placed in a patient’s abdomen.

One major advantage of PD is that it can be performed at home, limiting the number of hospital visits that are necessary. PD is a good treatment for many people with kidney failure though it will not be suitable for all patients.

The PD service at James Cook is run by a team of specialist nurses with expertise in looking after people with kidney failure who are treated with peritoneal dialysis.

For more information about PD, visit the National Kidney Federation website.