Renal Medicine (Nephrology)
Renal medicine, also known as nephrology, is the area of medicine that deals with medical problems related to the kidneys. The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, approximately 10 cm in size, found in the abdomen.
The kidneys have many different functions within the body. They produce urine and remove toxins from the body, but they also help control blood pressure and release hormones to stimulate production of red blood cells. They are also important in regulating production of vitamin D to maintain healthy bones.
What Are the Most Common Conditions Seen in Renal Medicine?
There are many conditions that may affect the kidney. They can be divided into those that damage the kidney over a short period of time (hours-days), known as ‘acute kidney injury’, or those that cause damage over a long period of time (months-years), known as ‘chronic kidney disease’ (CKD).
What we offer
Here at the Royal Free Hospital Private Patients Unit (PPU), we are proud to offer access to leading specialists in renal medicine who work within an experienced multidisciplinary team. We are dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care to our patients. We offer access to a wide range of expertise for the management of CKD and related conditions. We also have a fully-equipped, 7-chair dialysis unit.
Our dedicated renal medicine team are experts in their field and have many years of experience treating kidney failure at one of the leading kidney units within the UK. Our consultant team have a range of specialist interests, including kidney transplantation, managing critical illness, chronic renal failure and kidney problems in pregnancy.
We are committed to reinvesting all the profits from our private services directly back into NHS services. We deliver the professional excellence you would expect from a top London NHS teaching hospital with the convenience, comfort and personalised attention of a private hospital.
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