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London - King's College Hospital

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King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill

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Patients were first dialysed here in 1968

This unit has 550 haemodialysis and 83 peritoneal dialysis patients

This unit has the following transplant centres:

London - Guy's Hospital

This centre has the following satellite units:

Bromley Satellite Unit (King's College Hospital)

Darent Valley Satellite Unit (King's College Hospital)

Dulwich Satellite Unit (King's College Hospital)

Sydenham Satellite Unit (King's College Hospital)

Woolwich Satellite Unit (King's College Hospital)

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King's College Hospital

Telephone number:

0203 299 9000

Holiday dialysis enquiries:

0207 346 6243


0203 299 6472

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Dr Katie Vinen (CD), Dr Hugh Cairns, Professor Iain Macdougall, Dr Sui Phin Kon, Dr Claire Sharpe, Dr Satish Jayawardene, Dr Sapna Shah, Dr Robert Elias, Dr Martin Ford, Dr Richard Hull, Dr Kate Bramham, Dr Catriona Shaw and Dr Alexandra Rankin.

Page administered by:

Dr Sapna Shah

About the unit

King’s Renal Unit is renowned for its high standards of care. We provide comprehensive care in a friendly and supportive environment to people with kidney disease from a wide catchment area, stretching from Camberwell and Dulwich to Dartford, Bromley, Woolwich and Sydenham.

Our services include:
•Specialist inpatient care, including for people with Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease;
•Haemodialysis on-site at King’s and in satellite units in Bromley, Dartford, Dulwich, Sydenham and Woolwich;
•Award winning Peritoneal dialysis including assisted APD;
•Renal transplantation work up and pre-emptive (in conjunction with Guy’s Hospital);
•General outpatient clinics and specialist outpatient clinics for people with advanced kidney disease, diabetes and renal disease, lupus nephritis, sickle cell disease affecting the kidneys and pre-pregnancy and antenatal clinics for women with CKD;
•Internationally renowned expertise and services for anaemia management;
•The first UK multidisciplinary clinic for weight management and renal rehabilitation;
•A flagship end-of-life service and Conservative Kidney Management;
•Plasma exchange services;
•Holiday haemodialysis provision
•Liver kidney transplantation in conjuction with the excellent King's Liver Unit.
•Close liaison with other teams at King’s, including haematology, cardiology, HIV medicine and hepatology.

The unit is largely based on the Denmark Hill campus with an inpatient ward (Fisk and Cheere), a dedicated outpatient area with facilities for the management of people on peritoneal dialysis, day case procedures and a large haemodialysis unit.

We aim to support people to have dialysis at home where possible. The community Peritoneal Dialysis team is based at Sydenham and we have an active home haemodialysis programme.

We aim to fully involve people with kidney disease in decisions about their care. We hold regular education days to enhance understanding of kidney disease and the treatment options that go with it. These days also provide an opportunity to meet other people with kidney disease. We can also put you in touch with one of our ‘peer support’ team – a group of patients who can provide their perspectives on living with kidney disease and treatment options. We are engaged with a national programme to improve delivery of ‘shared decision making’.

Research and special expertise

The Department has active programmes in both basic science and clinical research. Dr Claire Sharpe, NIHR Senior lecturer, leads the renal cell biology laboratory team to study renal cell signalling in the context of progressive renal fibrosis and glomerulosclerosis. A further major research interest of the Unit is the laboratory and clinical study of the actions of Erythropoietin (EPO) and related agents and of the mechanisms of EPO resistance under the leadership of Professor Iain Macdougall. In addition, Dr Kate Bramham has NIHR funding for the study of renal disease in pregnancy. The Unit also has major clinical research interests in renal disease in sickle cell patients, renal disease in HIV, renal vasculitis and the study of diet and exercise in renal patients. We also participate in clinical studies enrolled on the National Institute of Health Research portfolio.

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