The kidney and transplant service is a regional centre and covers the whole of north west London. We provide a comprehensive service through our main inpatient centre at Hammersmith Hospital and our satellite outpatient dialysis centres across the region.

We are responsible for supporting people with kidney disease and look after more than 3,500 patients on some form of kidney replacement therapy (on dialysis or with a transplant) and perform an average of 200 kidney transplants a year. 

Our kidney service consists of three main areas:

  • nephrology (supporting people with kidney disease prior to the development of end-stage kidney failure)
  • transplantation
  • dialysis

Our proximity to the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine’s main research base ensures that the service benefits from the latest research findings.

How we provide kidney care in north west London 

Specialist kidney care services


The role of the kidneys

The usual function of the kidneys is to act as a filter to clean the blood and make urine to remove harmful waste products such as toxins and chemicals, along with any excess fluid. These waste products mostly come from what we eat and drink. Kidney disease is when an abnormality, infection, reduction, or loss of kidney function occurs, which means the filtering process is reduced or lost altogether. 

Early stage kidney disease

If you have early stage kidney disease you can normally be looked after by your GP. However, you may be referred to our kidney service for diagnosis and advice about treatment and the management of your condition.

A central core of our management strategy is to ensure that every person with kidney disease is given an understanding of their condition and is supported in developing self-care skills to improve their long-term outlook.

Read some inspiring patient stories from the Kidney Care UK charity website

Imperial College Healthcare Private Care

We also offer private care services at Imperial College Healthcare.

All funds generated by our private care services are reinvested back into the Trust, supporting the development of both NHS and private care for the benefit of all our patients.

Find more information about private renal services on our private care website.


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