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 fill out a booklet order form which you can return to us via email - [email protected] - or post at Kidney Care UK, 3 The Windmills, St Mary's Close, Turk Street, Alton GU34 1EF (please note: not all of our booklets are available as hard copies).
You can see our full selection of leaflets and an overview of our support services in our Free Patient Information leaflet
This information is produced on behalf of and with the kidney community, and that of the Renal Association and its partners.
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Covid-19 vaccinations for people with chronic kidney disease - This leaflet explains what Covid-19 is and why it is very important to get vaccinated against it.
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).
Anaemia and chronic kidney disease - this leaflet gives more information about anaemia and its treatment.
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 - this leaflet gives more information about CKD, its treatments and what to expect.
Kidneys and heart disease - explains how heart disease can affect the kidneys
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.
Restless legs syndrome - Restless legs syndrome is common in people with kidney disease. This leaflet gives more information about the condition and its treatment.
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.
Home haemodialysis - how how home haemodialysis works, so you can decide if it is the right option for you.
Inserting your tunnelled haemodialysis catheter (permcath) - explains more about tunnelled haemodialysis catheters, also known as lines or permcaths.
Looking after your haemodialysis line - explains what a haemodialysis line is and how to look after it.
Peritoneal Dialysis - information about peritoneal dialysis and how it works.
Removing your temporary haemodialysis catheter (vascath) - this leaflet describes what happens when your temporary haemodialysis catheter is removed.
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
Fatigue (tiredness) - explains about fatigue in kidney patients
Fluid balance - managing your fluid and salt levels
Frailty - ageing with kidney problems
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 can a renal social worker help me? - explains how a renal social worker can offer support
How to keep your kidneys safe - information for people that have been told they may be at risk of Acute Kidney Injury.
Hyperkalaemia: High potassium levels and kidney disease - leaflet explaining the causes of hyperkalaemia, it's symptoms and possible treatments.
Itching and chronic kidney disease (CKD) - Itching of the skin with a desire to scratch (also called uraemic pruritus) is common in people with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Keeping fit - leaflet outlining the types of exercise that are recommended for people with kidney problems.
Menopause and kidney disease - explains how CKD can affect when you go through the menopause, as well as the symptoms that you may experience.
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.
Pregnancy and kidney transplant - leaflet is aimed at women with a kidney transplant who are considering a pregnancy, as well as their partners.
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.
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.
InfoKID - leaflet about infoKID which provides information for parents and carers of young kidney patients. You can see the infoKid website here.
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.
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
Pain medication for people with kidney disease - explains the different types of pain killers recommended if you have kidney disease
Travel medicines - find out more about travel medicines
Eating out or taking out on a kidney friendly diet - contains information on a variety of food types and suggests good options as well as those to limit or avoid when eating out.
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.
Our 2019 impact report
Each year we release our impact report that outlines the positive changes we made to the lives of people affected by kidney disease all over the UK.
In 2019 we;
- provided personal, in-depth support to over 200 people affected by kidney disease every week
- spent £1.5m on direct personal support
- distributed 80,000 leaflets to 139 units meaning 70% more units shared our leaflets
- awarded £55,000 in hardship grants
- put 16,000 patient views at the heart of service improvements
- supported 44% more patients through our counselling service
- grew our Facebook support group to 9,000 members
- supported 56% more patients through our advocacy service
Our impact report also has stories from real kidney patients as well as information about our campaigning work and how you can get involved and help support our work.
If you'd like a hard copy of our impact report please contact us