Kidney services information for patients

Treating people with kidney disease

This section gives information about your kidneys, our My Kidney website and the services we provide, both in our hospitals and in units in the south east of England.

About your kidneys

Your kidneys are located at the back of your body, below your ribs. They provide many functions, including filtering your blood to make urine, controlling your blood pressure and making new red blood cells. If your kidneys are not working properly some or all of these functions may be affected.

Chronic kidney disease or CKD means that your kidneys are not working properly. Chronic means it is long term.

About kidney disease - the My Kidney website

Visit the My Kidney website for more information about chronic kidney disease, the stages of kidney disease and possible treatment options. The website also contains advice about lifestyle issues and brings you news and research updates from Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals.

Kidney information films

A series of four short films have been produced for patients living with kidney disease. The films were generously funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. They aim to let patients know about the different options available for managing their condition and will help them make informed choices about their treatment.

Living with early stage kidney disease

In this film we learn about early stage chronic kidney disease or CKD. A patient tells us how making changes to his lifestyle has enabled him to delay the progression of his CKD.

Having dialysis

This film explains how dialysis works. It features patients talking about different types of dialysis and how they fit the treatment into their lives.

Having a kidney transplant

A transplant surgeon talks about the different types of kidney transplants. Patients tell us about their experiences and explain how having a transplant has benefited them.

Supporting you to manage your kidney condition

In this film we discuss the importance of taking control of your kidney condition. We also outline the support that is available from the health professionals and expert patients.

About our kidney services

See the individual pages for information on:

Holiday dialysis

For information on requesting holiday dialysis at Guy’s and St Thomas’ dialysis units please visit our holiday dialysis page

Kidney talk

Check out Kidney talk, the newsletter from the Guy's and St Thomas' Kidney Patients' Association.

Related websites

The little book about kidneys

The little book about kidneys.This book will help you talk to young children about your kidneys and the treatments you may be having.

Read The little book about kidneys using our page turning software or download it (PDF 9.2Mb).

Read our e-book The little book about kidneys (Download and extract, ZIP 1Mb) or EPUB 1.5MB e-book file format.

If you would like a hard copy of the book, please contact Ros Tibbles on