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Renal services at the Sussex Kidney Unit

What we do

The Sussex Kidney Unit provides treatment and support for patients with kidney disease.

We are the main specialist provider of renal services for East and West Sussex, with a catchment population of approximately 1.2 million.

The unit provides clinics in general nephrology, low clearance and renal vasculitis, as well as transplant and dialysis clinics. A secondary care hypertension clinic is also provided for the local population.

Our services

Our main dialysis unit is based in the Sussex Kidney Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. We also support satellite clinics in Bexhill, Crawley, Eastbourne and Worthing, home dialysis and holiday dialysis.


The main unit in Brighton has 36 in-patient beds, and 41 haemodialysis stations. It provides outpatient haemodialysis for over 150 patients three times a week. The unit is open 6 days a week and offers dialysis from 7.30am to 9.30pm.

Sussex Kidney Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE

01273 696955


Bexhill Hospital, Holliers Hill, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2DZ

01424 731824 or 01424 755255 extn 5202


Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2DH

01903 205 111


Eastbourne Kidney Treatment Centre, Chaucer Business Park, Dittons Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6JF

01323 489158

The unit is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00am to 11:30pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:00am to 6:30pm.


Crawley Kidney Treatment Centre, Whitworth Road, Crawley, RH11 7SS

01293 511776

The unit is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00am to 11:30pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:00am to 6:30pm.

Home dialysis

We also promote self care and have a growing number of patients that dialyse at home for their own convenience.

The Buckfield Home Dialysis Centre at the Sussex Kidney Unit is one of the leading units for local anaesthetic peritoneal dialysis (PD) insertions, with most of our catheters being inserted this way. PD offers a unique home therapy which allows patients to be in control of their own health, with our support.

Holiday dialysis

We offer holiday haemodialysis to other UK and overseas renal patients. Contact for more information.

We offer an outpatient service to patients with kidney disease including transplantation and vasculitis. We aim to help you to optimise your quality of life and wellbeing and to encourage independence, rehabilitation and self-care.

We have one large waiting area, ten consulting rooms and one three bay treatment room.

We offer inpatient care in Trafford Ward at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The ward is split into 4 bays and 2 side rooms. Each  6 bedded bay has a shower/toilet. Each bed has a Patientline TV and phone. There is a day room that has a TV, video and small selection of books and music.

We provide a renal counselling and therapy service for all patients and their families, at any stage of kidney disease and treatment.  Available for anyone who attends the Sussex Kidney Unit or its satellite clinics.

Contact: 01273 696955 extn 4097

Renal (kidney) dietitians are specially trained and experienced in giving help and advice to people with all types and stages of kidney disease. We offer one-to-one consultations, annual reviews and telephone advice.

We have a large selection of diet sheets, recipes and resources to support you.


01273 696955 extn 4327

We offer a welfare advice and support service for everyone accessing the Sussex Kidney Unit.


01273 696955 extn 7886 (during normal office hours).

Medications are an important part of staying well as a kidney patient and becoming an expert in your own medications is a great idea.

There are pharmacists at the Sussex Kidney Unit who have specialist knowledge in treating people with kidney problems.

We encourage you to book in a medication review any time you feel it would help.

Medication reviews can help with the following:

  • Having a better understanding of what you are on and why, and this can help you feel more in control of managing your condition
  • Understanding the side effects of your medication
  • What to do with different tablets on dialysis days
  • Quantity and frequency of tablets may be improved to suit your needs and lifestyle


The Sussex Kidney Unit is based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, above the multi-storey car park. We also support satellite clinics – see the individual services above for details.


Phone: 01273 696955

Fax: 01273 679788

For holiday dialysis enquiries, please email

If you have feedback for us, please email

Patient groups

The South Eastern Kidney Patients Association (SEKPA) is a registered charity which helps kidney patients in Sussex. It is based at the Sussex Kidney Unit and raises money to support patients and to buy equipment.

The Renal Patients User Group (RPUG) is an associatied group of SEKPA, which provides a means of communication between patients and staff. The group is patient led, and is supported by staff. Patients and carers are invited to become members of the group and attend bi-monthly meetings.

For more information, contact SEKPA on 07401 493 373.


01273 696955 extension 64057 Level 9, Sussex Kidney Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital

Patient information

arteriovenous fistula (AVF) information – arabic

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blood taking

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chronic kidney disease

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deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – arabic

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Fistulogram fistuloplasty

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haemodialysis information – arabic

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having a day case kidney biopsy

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having a kidney biopsy

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if i choose to stop dialysis

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insertion of a cannula

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kidney failure an introduction – arabic

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Kidney stones

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laparoscopic partial removal of the kidney

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making choices living wanced kidney disease

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patient decision aid

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personal care plan

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renal counselling at the sussex kidney unit

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welcome to the transition clinic

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what happens now information for haematology patients

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what is the right choice for me

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