The information in these booklets is produced on behalf of and with the kidney community, and that of the UK Kidney Association (formerly The Renal Association) and its partners.
All of our booklets are free to download by selecting them below.
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 printed copies)
Haemodialysis access with an arteriovenous fistula
If you have chronic kidney disease and have decided to receive haemodialysis, you will need to have an arteriovenous fistula created. This leaflet explains what a fistula is, how it is made and how to take care of it. It will also explain the benefits and possible risks.Download PDF
Having a healthy sex life when you have chronic kidney disease
Coming to terms with a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be difficult. CKD can affect different aspects of your life, including your mood and sex life. Both men and women with CKD may suffer with difficulties having or desiring sex. This leaflet describes some of the problems you may experience and ways in which you can get help.Download PDF
Haemodialysis (HD) is a form of treatment for chronic kidney disease. It can be performed at home where it is known as ‘home HD’, in a hospital or a specialist dialysis unit. This leaflet explains how home HD works so you can decide if it is the right option for you.Download PDF
How can a renal dietitian help me?
A dietitian is a healthcare professional who promotes well-being and reduces the risk of nutrition-related problems by giving practical and individual advice on food choices. This leaflet explains how a renal dietitian can help you make the best food, drink and lifestyle choices to support your health.Download PDF
Inserting your tunnelled haemodialysis catheter (permcath)
If you are planning to have or are currently receiving haemodialysis for chronic kidney disease, you may need to have a dialysis catheter inserted into your body if a fistula or graft formation has not been possible or appropriate for you. This leaflet explains more about tunnelled haemodialysis catheters, also known as lines or permcaths.Download PDF