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Newcastle - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Freeman Hospital
Freeman Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear

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Patients were first dialysed here in 1963

This unit has 319 haemodialysis and 53 peritoneal dialysis patients

This is a transplant centre - view transplant data.

This centre has the following satellite units:

Alnwick Dialysis Unit

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Newcastle Renal Unit

Telephone number:

0191 2336161

Holiday dialysis enquiries:

Hazel Marchant - 0191 2231429


Hazel Marchant - 0191 2231421

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Dr Laura Baines
Dr Alison Brown (Lead Nephrologist)
Dr Rick Fielding
Dr Katy Jones
Dr Suren Kanagasundaram
Dr David Kavanagh
Dr Emma Montgomery
Dr John Sayer
Prof Neil Sheerin
Dr Charlie Tomson

Page administered by:

Hazel Marchant - Data Manager

About the unit

Renal Medicine

The Newcastle Renal Unit serves a population of approximately one million people from Tyneside including Gateshead, Newcastle and Northumberland. The service started to treat people with acute renal failure in the early 1960's and established renal failure requiring dialysis in the mid 1960's.

The Newcastle Renal Services Department provides primary diagnosis and management for all types of renal disorders. Outpatient consultations occur in a purpose-built, designated Renal Services OPD. As well as a renal new patient clinic and a general nephrology clinic, the following specialist clinics are available: hypertension clinic, glomerulonephritis/vasculitis clinic, low clearance clinic, pre-dialysis clinic, renal genetics clinic, haemodialysis clinic, peritoneal dialysis clinic and renal transplantation clinic. A weekly outreach general nephrology clinic is also held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. Outpatient testing and monitoring of renal patients is performed in our Renal Clinical Investigation Unit. The Department also provides a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring service.

Acute renal failure management is shared with the intensive care units and high dependency unit teams in the city.

The chronic haemodialysis service was initially developed at the Newcastle General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. The service was then based at the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. In July 2009, the treatment of all chronic haemodialysis patients was transferred to the new Renal Services Centre on the Freeman Hospital site (47 haemodialysis stations).

Peritoneal dialysis is provided by a dedicated specialist nursing team.

In-patient care is now provided within the Newcastle Renal Services Centre in a 30-bedded (18 cubicles) ward.

Renal Transplantation

Renal transplantation started with live renal transplantation in the mid 1960's. The service, which is jointly run by physicians and surgeons, has developed into a leading renal (and pancreas) transplant and research unit. The unit has an active programme of living related, living unrelated and deceased donor transplantation. Recent service developments have enabled the successful transplantation of ABO-incompatible and highly sensitized recipients. An active research programme has been developed into transplant immunology and rejection associated with the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School.

Educational Opportunities

Education links to the University of Northumbria and University of Newcastle upon Tyne provide opportunities for the development of all staff. Speciality nursing, medical undergraduate and postgraduate education and training.

Research and special expertise

Research Opportunities in Newcastle

Newcastle provides first class research facilities for kidney research. Multidisciplinary research laboratories are housed within the Institutes of Cellular Medicine (, Cell and Molecular Biosciences ( and Human Genetics ( In addition there is a recently developed and purpose built Clinical Research Facility at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (

The academic renal unit is growing rapidly (from one to three full-time clinical academic in the last two years) and includes Professor Tim Goodship, Professor Neil Sheerin and Dr John Sayer. There is also a "Savill" type Clinical Lecturer's post which provides a dedicated path for academic trainees.

Newcastle has a consistent and good record in obtaining Clinical Training Fellowship awards from national funding agencies and charities. Currently we have one Wellcome Clinical Training fellow and one Kidney Research UK fellow.

Newcastle offers a broad range of research training opportunities. This includes projects in renal tubular physiology, tubulopathies, nephrolithiasis, cystic kidney disease, haemolytic uraemic syndrome, transplant immunology, transplant genetics, reflux nephropathy, complement biology, diabetic nephropathy and transplant surgery.
Interaction and collaboration with non-clinical academic staff facilitates access to a wide range of model systems including stem cells, mice and zebrafish.In addition an extensive range of platforms including MRI, electron microscopy, proteomics and DNA sequencing are available.

Successful Fellowship applications are often obtained after a period of local "pump-priming". Newcastle is fortunate in having access to "ring fenced" funds to support this through the Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund (, the Newcastle Healthcare Charity and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity.

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