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 is now open.

The free service is aimed to support people who:

  • Would like someone to talk to regarding the options of dialysis at home
  • Or have just started home dialysis and would like further support


Our national service offers an opportunity to patients to have a one-to-one chat and share home dialysis queries, similar life experiences and lifestyle stories with trained peer supporters.

Patients can be matched with a peer supporter who have experienced home dialysis themselves or are a carer of someone on home dialysis.

Covering the whole of the UK, our peers are available to 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, or have just started home dialysis and would like further support, the NKF Peer Support Service is now available.

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