All of our booklets are free to download by clicking on the links below. If you'd like to order a hard copy of any of our booklets instead please contact us (please note: not all of our booklets are available as hard copies).
CKD Health Check - Your introduction to Chronic Kidney Disease and its treatment
Help! I've got kidney failure - Your introduction to Kidney Failure and its treatment
'There's no place like Home! - An introduction to Home Haemodialysis
Acute Kidney Injury - information about Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
Cancer risk in patients with kidney disease - explains what ‘cancer screening’ is and how you may be able to reduce your risk of developing cancer in the future.
Chronic Kidney Disease (intro) - an introduction to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Chronic Kidney Disease - further details on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Kidney biopsy - leaflet is designed to answer some of the questions you may have about kidney biopsies.
Kidney failure - what choices - advice and information for patients with kidney failure.
Kidney myth busters - leaflet addressing some of the more common ‘myths’ about your kidneys and transplantation.
Mineral Bone Disease - find out more about this kidney related disease.
Understanding Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) - facts about your kidneys and AKI.
Women's health and chronic kidney disease - how CKD affects women in particular and also how certain aspects of women’s health can affect CKD.
Choosing not to have dialysis - one of the options for treating advanced kidney disease is to manage your symptoms and not have dialysis.
Choosing to stop dialysis - discussing what can happen if you stop dialysis.
Dialysis away from home - advice on having dialysis away from your normal location, such as for breaks or holidays.
Haemodialysis - guidance on haemodialysis treatment, including how it works and what the benefits are.
Haemodialysis access with an arteriovenous fistula - explains what a fistula is, how it is made and how to take care of it, as well as the benefits and possible risks.
Peritoneal Dialysis - information about peritoneal dialysis and how it works
Shared Haemodialysis Care - find out more about how you can get more involved in your own haemodialysis care and the benefits this may bring to you
Living with kidney disease
Capacity and decision making in chronic kidney disease - This leaflet describes how capacity is assessed, the role of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), the best interests process and how it can apply to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Dealing with a diagnosis of kidney disease - leaflet offering support with the emotional impact of being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Emotional resilience - long-term conditions like chronic kidney disease (CKD) can affect different areas of your life as well as your health.
Employment Rights - this leaflet describes some of the rights you have as a kidney patient in regards to employment.
Fluid balance - managing your fluid and salt levels.
Having a healthy sex life - both men and women with CKD may suffer with difficulties having or desiring sex
Healthy diet - help for kidney patients on eating the right balance of foods to stay healthy.
How to keep your kidneys safe - information for people that have been told they may be at risk of Acute Kidney Injury.
Keeping fit - leaflet outlining the types of exercise that are recommended for people with kidney problems.
Mindfulness - introduction to mindfulness and how it can help improve your mental well-being.
Pregnancy and Chronic Kidney Disease - leaflet is aimed at pregnant women with CKD or those who are considering becoming pregnant.
Sexual health and contraception - for both men and women chronic kidney disease (CKD) can affect lots of different aspects of your life, including sexual health.
Welfare benefits - guidance on the form of benefits and tax credits which are provided to those who meet certain criteria.
Donating a kidney - what to expect if you're donating a kidney.
Frequently asked questions about kidney transplantation - addresses questions such as how to get on the transplant list and how long is the wait
Living kidney donation - information for people interested in becoming a living kidney donor.
Receiving a kidney - information for patients hoping to receive a kidney donation.
How to keep your child's kidneys safe - This leaflet is for parents / carers of children who are taking medicines that may reduce how well the kidneys work, particularly if your child is dehydrated.
Young people: keeping your kidneys safe - information on what you can do to avoid developing AKI if you are taking medicines that reduce how well your kidneys work.
Funding for renal services - funding guidelines for renal services, kidney units and kidney patient associations.
Applying for a grant - guidance on applying for one of our grants
Applying for financial aid guide - guidelines for social workers and members of the kidney care team
Anaemia and mineral bone disease - find out more about your medicines and some of the possible side effects
Autoimmune/transplant - Medicines commonly taken by people after a transplant or with an autoimmune disease
Medicines for chronic kidney disease - more information about the most common medicines for CKD and some of their possible side effects
Medicines for high blood pressure - leaflet detailing the medicines involved in treating high blood pressure to help protect your kidneys
Medicines for people having dialysis - more information about some of the most commonly prescribed medicines and some of their possible side effects
Over-the-counter medicines - leaflet designed to give you more information about the medicines that may cause problems
Travel medicines - find out more about travel medicines
How can a renal dietitian help me? - explains how a renal dietitian can help you make the best food, drink and lifestyle choices to support your health.
Kidney Care Cook Book - 16 recipes for kidney patients put together by Chef Lawrence Keogh.
Kidney Friendly Cookbook - includes a large amount of recipes for children including mains, snacks, and desserts.
Lowering your potassium levels - leaflet aimed at people who have been advised to follow a low potassium diet by their healthcare team.
Renal Recipe Book - created by dietitians specifically for patients with chronic kidney disease.
Our Patient Support Services - A guide to the services and support we provide to kidney patients, their families and carers.
Patient leaflet - how we can help patients with kidney disease.
For more than 40 years, Kidney Care UK has been at the cutting edge of supporting people with kidney disease, improving quality of life, funding vitally important posts within the NHS, making small grants to enable kidney patients to make ends meet or go on desperate needed holidays and fighting for the rights of patients in the corridors of power.
Capri Dore, the young woman who features on the front of our latest impact report, tragically passed away in August 2018. Our thoughts are with her family and friends as they come to terms with her loss. Having spoken to her family, they are happy for her image to remain on the report as a legacy to all she achieved in her short life. She will be greatly missed by all of the friends she made whilst on our Young Adult residential trips and by all of us here at Kidney Care UK.