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Kidney Basics

From Kidney Diseases to Transplantation


Tests and Procedures


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The National Kidney Federation would like to thank Doctor Rob Higgins - Consultant Renal Physician at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire who as NKF Website Medical Consultant has been largely responsible for the quality, scope and depth of the medical pages information. Doctor Higgins has been assisted (particularly in relationship to the CKD pages) by further contributions from Dr Charlie Thomson. Both Rob Higgins and Charlie Thomson undertake the regular reviews of the medical information displayed on this website.

The NKF would also like to thank Dr Andy Stein MRCP, Janet Wild RGN, and Class Publishing for permitting extracts of the book ‘Kidney Failure Explained’ - first published 1999 (now in its Third Edition, 2006), to be reproduced as part of this medical section and all the other contributors who have provided material for consideration and for use. These include:-

  • Baxter Healthcare Ltd.
  • Dr Rob Higgins FRCP, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • Clare Morlidge - Renal Pharmacist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • Dr Charlie Tomson FRCP, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Professor Stephen Porter, Oral Medicine Unit, UCL Eastman Dental Institute
  • Miss Fatimah Alsayer, Oral Medicine Unit, UCL Eastman Dental Institute
  • Dr Andrew Stein, General Medicine and Nephrology clinic, Coventry and Warwickshire University Hospitals
  • NKF Renal Literature
  • NKF Executive and Medical Advisors
  • Roche Products Ltd.

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