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People with kidney disease can
get very sick with COVID-19.

This includes people who are on dialysis treatment, have had a kidney transplant, or have low kidney function and are looked after by a hospital kidney team.

All healthcare during all alert levels of COVID-19 is an essential service.
How healthcare is delivered during Alert Level 3 may be a bit different.


To keep everyone safe, health services have limited face to face appointments.


  • Your hospital appointments will be by phone or video. Other appointments may be postponed.

  • If you have an appointment coming soon, your local hospital should contact you about how it might have to change.

  • If you don’t have access to a telephone or internet, please let your kidney service know this so that other ways of contacting you can be arranged.

  • If you have kidney-related concerns, call your GP clinic, kidney nurse, hospital kidney service or the Healthline on

  • 0800 611 116.

Blood tests can still happen (if they are essential), but the laboratory services.


Your kidney specialist will continue to monitor your blood tests and let you know if changes are needed.

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