Renal and nephrology services (kidneys)

Renal is the term used to describe anything to do with the kidneys. Nephrology is a branch of medicine that deals with the function and diseases of the kidney.

Our specialist unit looks after people with kidney disease and kidney failure, as well as patients who need dialysis or kidney transplant surgery. Our doctors and nurses work with other healthcare staff, including dieticians and psychologists to provide the best possible all-around care for our patients.

We are one of the largest units in the South West, taking referrals from across Devon and some of Somerset. Our main site is in Exeter, but we also have five satellite units, some of which we run in collaboration with a specialist private company.

These sites are currently based at:

  • Heavitree Hospital
  • Honiton
  • Torquay
  • Barnstaple
  • Taunton

We also look after people in the community. Some of our community patients have had a kidney transplant, others are undergoing treatment for kidney disease, such as dialysis.

Last updated: February 01, 2023.