National Peer Support 

In September 2020 the NKF hosted a webinar, discussing home dialysis during Covid-19. During the webinar, it was revealed that patients who dialysed at home were at a substantially lower risk of contracting and dying of Covid-19, compared to people who dialysed in a hospital.

The NKF has embarked on a national campaign to increase home dialysis in the UK. We have produced a 28-page report which makes seven recommendations on how the NHS can increase home dialysis provision. As part of the campaign we have introduced a peer support service. 

The NKF Peer Support service involves people who have experienced home dialysis themselves or carers wanting to support other people with kidney disease, especially those who are considering or just starting to use home dialysis therapies.

It aims to give short-term practical, emotional and social support to people with kidney disease, their families or carers. Peer support offers an opportunity to have a one-to-one chat and share home dialysis queries, similar life experiences and lifestyle stories with peers.

Our trained peer supporters will be covering the UK and will give support over the phone, through Zoom and at some stage face-to-face discussions. 

If you would like someone to talk to and explore the options of dialysis at home, the peer support service is now operating around the UK.

For help, advice or just some reassurance, you are very welcome to contact us via our NKF helpline on 0800 169 09 36 available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.