Holiday kidney dialysis

Dialysis is a treatment used to filter waste products from the blood when the kidneys are not working properly

At HCA UK we can provide twice daily kidney dialysis to those needing treatment whilst on holiday or away form home.

More about our renal medicine holiday services

We offer holiday dialysis in the heart of London. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, we can make your visit to the city seamless and relaxed.

We offer flexible twice-daily dialysis sessions where you will benefit from a high standard of care that is tailored to your personal needs. With 24 hour nursing and on-call consultant cover for acute emergencies (if you require further specialist care), you can feel safe in the knowledge you are within world-class private facilities with all the necessary on-site intensive care.

Dialysis is available from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 7pm; however we are happy to discuss opening later if needed. We provide holiday dialysis in our bright, spacious, air-conditioned en-suite rooms with disabled facilities, within a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with highly-trained dialysis nurses.

We have units in London at London Bridge Hospital and The Wellington Hospital in St John's Wood.

What you need for holiday dialysis at HCA UK

We welcome enquiries for holiday dialysis from kidney patients currently receiving dialysis at an NHS centre in the UK, or visiting non-NHS or private patients. Acceptance for dialysis will depend on the availability of space at your desired centre on your preferred dates and your clinical suitability.

We will require a recent virology report when you book an appointment and bookings should be made at least four to six weeks in advance of travelling.

Need to know

  • What happens during treatment? icon plus

    During dialysis treatment, blood is removed from your body. The best way to do this is by creating a ‘fistula’. This involves an operation in one of your arms to join an artery and vein together to form a circuit of flowing blood. The operation takes about one hour and is usually done under local anesthetic.

    From the fistula, your blood is circulated around a dialysis machine and then cleansed before entering your arm. Dialysis is usually carried out several times a week, with each session lasting around four hours. You will have access to reclining chairs and we will provide you with fresh sandwiches and beverages.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Our team will let you know how to prepare. You'll need to bring any medications you take with you, including any you take during dialysis. This includes erythropoietin injections, alpha calcidol and any vitamin supplements.

    If you use any anticoagulation regime, please bring it with you or tell us in advance so we can try to supply it. You'll need to give us copies of recent blood results beforehand. Bookings to our holiday dialysis service need to be made at least four to six weeks in advance of travelling. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these.
  • After dialysis icon plus

    After the dialysis session has been completed, the needles will be removed and a plaster applied to prevent bleeding. Dialysis is an ongoing treatment which many people can remain on for years. Kidney failure may be temporary and dialysis may only be needed until your kidneys recovered. Often, someone with kidney failure will need a kidney transplant. Should you require this information, our consultant will let you know what treatment options are available to you.

Our locations

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Interested in using our holiday dialysis service?

Contact our enquiries team who will be able to advise on the process you need to follow, and can book you for your dialysis. Please ensure you have the dates you require dialysis for, and your virology report when you contact us. 

Call us on

020 7079 4334
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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