Four years ago, the National Kidney Federation charity initiated an annual report to increase the uptake of kidney patients receiving home dialysis treatment. 

Findings revealed that patients who dialysed from home had more benefits and a better quality of life than those who dialysed in hospital.

The charity's published fourth report shows a reduction in the national percentage of kidney patients undergoing dialysis treatment at home.

Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment that removes waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly. If the kidneys are not working to a healthy capacity, waste products and fluid can build up to dangerous levels in the body and if left untreated can be fatal.

The National Kidney Federation is urging Hospital Trusts to develop robust plans to improve home dialysis uptake by patients.

The charity's latest report reveals systemic challenges in expanding home dialysis options, despite the proven benefits.

People on home haemodialysis have been shown to have a better quality of life compared to those dialysing in hospital, possibly due to the more comfortable and flexible treatment schedule that home therapies can offer. Home dialysis also allows for longer and more frequent sessions that can lead to better outcomes, including survival, and quicker recovery.

As part of the campaign to increase home dialysis by the NKF charity, all 89 clinical directors across the country were asked to describe their plans for the future of home dialysis and to share any examples of good practices that are in place. A total of 29 responses were received; 23 from England, four from Scotland, and two from Wales.

Although there are challenges, the responses included within the report show there is significant enthusiasm from hospitals to advance home therapies nationwide.

NKF Chief Executive, Andrea Brown commented; "Our Home Dialysis Campaign and annual findings will continue to be shared with hospital trusts until significant improvements are achieved. Not all kidney patients are familiar with why they should consider dialysing at home and how it can help them have a better quality of life. The National Health Service is facing immense pressures, offering the opportunity for patients to undergo treatment at home is advantageous both for the patients and the NHS."

To read the NKF's latest report, Increasing Home Dialysis in the UK – Three Years On, visit: