The unit was started by Prof Sir Roy Meadow who was soon joined by Dr Trevor Brocklebank. The first Haemodialysis session was undertaken in 1978, chronic peritoneal dialysis followed in 1980. Renal transplantation started in 1980. The Department started at the Seacroft Hospital moving to its current site in 1980.
Currently there are 4 Consultant Paediatric Nephrologists serving a population of approximately 1 million children. The Department offers a full range of tertiary services to the population of Yorkshire and parts of the neighbouring counties.