Dialysis Treatment

At the Royal Free London Private Patients unit, we have an international reputation for the provision of world-class dialysis services.

Opened in 2013, our dialysis unit is one of the largest private dialysis units in UK. We are dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care to our patients and proud to offer: 

  • Dialysis treatment for international patients 
  • Fully-equipped, 7-chair dialysis stations 
  • One of the lowest and most competitive rates in London. We will provide all-inclusive care pathways priced on a weekly basis
  • Active dialysis research programme and employing the latest techniques
  • Access to different funding options for self-payers, insured patients, international insured and sponsored patients with guarantee letters from most government health offices
  • Our dialysis unit is run by senior dialysis nursing staff who are committed in providing the highest standards of care, supervised by Dr Peter Dupont, an experienced consultant nephrologist who also runs a Royal Free NHS dialysis facility. 

We are committed to reinvesting all the profits generated from the private patients unit back into the NHS. Find out more, how we support the NHS.

How to get here 

We are located at the 12th floor of the Royal Free London Hospital on Pond Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 2QG

Telephone number: 020 7472 6451

By tube
The nearest station to the Royal Free Hospital is Belsize Park station, on the Northern Line.

The walk from Belsize Park station to the Royal Free Hospital takes seven minutes, it is partly uphill.

By train
Hampstead Heath station is very near to the hospital and is on the London Overground network, the station accepts Oyster cards.

By bus
There are lots of buses that pass by the Royal Free Hospital. Bus routes 24, 46, 168, 268 and C11 all serve the hospital.

For parking at the Royal Free Hospital, you may find more information about parking by following this link: Parking at our hospitals.

Two methods of Dialysis

When the kidneys are not functioning properly, dialysis does the job of filtering toxins and harmful waste products from the blood instead. Dialysis does not make the kidneys work again. It usually involves being connected to a machine that cleans the blood before returning it to the body. Dialysis may be needed as an interim measure for those waiting for a kidney transplant or as a long-term treatment option for patients not fit to undergo kidney transplantation. 

There are two main methods of dialysis known as’ haemodialysis’ and ‘peritoneal dialysis’:

  • Haemodialysis

This is the most common type of dialysis. Blood flows out from the body through the tube into a machine where it is filtered before being returned to the body. This takes about 4 hours and is usually required 3 times a week. Blood can be drawn either via a plastic tube (dialysis line) or via an “arteriovenous fistula” (enlarged blood vessel in the arm, created surgically). 

  • Peritoneal dialysis

This method uses the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum) to filter waste from the thousands of tiny blood vessels around it. Before this treatment starts, a minor surgery is needed to insert a small tube called a catheter into the abdomen, near the belly button. Dialysis fluid is then pumped into the body through the catheter. As blood flows through the vessels in the peritoneum, waste products and toxins are drawn out of the blood into this fluid. The used fluid is collected in a bag and replaced with fresh fluid. This can be done as an overnight treatment while the patient sleeps (using a small machine by the bedside) or can be done by manual exchange of fluid 4 times during the day.

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