Dialysis Freedom

Dialysis shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying time away from home with friends and family. Find out how Dialysis Freedom can help you arrange a holiday or break

Holidays, breaks and the ability to take a trip are an essential part of being able to live a fulfilling life. Whether you are going on holiday, travelling for a family celebration, or for work, dialysis shouldn’t prevent you from being able to take a respite break.

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What support is available?

Kidney Care UK Dialysis Freedom is a FREE service on hand to help anyone needing to access dialysis when spending time away from home or hospital unit within the UK. The team takes care of all the arrangements and administration, helping to take the stress out of your trip.

For more information, contact the Kidney Care UK Dialysis Freedom team today on 01509 808668 or via email.

What dialysis centres can I access in the UK?

There are dialysis centres across the UK. You can find options near where you are planning to travel to on the Dialysis Freedom dialysis centre map and then let the team know if you’d like support to book dialysis for your trip there.

As dialysis capacity at some locations is scarce and you may have to consider dialysis further away from your initial destination, we recommend that you try to book as far in advance as possible.

Some dialysis units are focused specifically on providing dialysis for those on holiday or taking a break. These include:

  • Lakeland Dialysis Centre, Cockermouth
  • KC Dialysis Centre, Bournemouth
  • Norfolk Holiday Dialysis, Dersingham

You can find out more about each unit in more detail on the Kidney Care UK Dialysis Freedom website. You can also read more about Lakeland Dialysis Centre in our Kidney Matters magazine, issue 16.

"Holidays they have organised for me have been in North and South Devon, Northumberland and Norfolk. Freedom do all co-ordinating between my base hospital and the holiday unit"
Norman, kidney patient

What are the current rules about UK travel during Covid-19?

To help you stay safe, our website is regularly updated with the latest Covid-19 information.

I’d love to travel but can’t afford a trip. Is there any support available?

Kidney Care UK also gives grants to individuals and families towards the cost of a basic holiday in the UK or overseas. The grant can be used to cover the total cost if it is modest or it can be used as a contribution towards the final cost.

Find out more about applying on our holidays and respite breaks page.

Can I find out more about travelling in the UK?

More information about taking a break in the UK is available in our Dialysis Away From Base (DAFB) booklet.