Kidney conditions (nephrology)


Nephrology is a branch of medicine that deals with the function and diseases of the kidney.

Our paediatric nephrology service includes a weekly children's renal clinic. We see young patients with a range of problems, including recurrent urinary tract infections, chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disorder which causes your body to excrete too much protein in your urine) and congenital kidney conditions.

Our service also looks after children with complex continence problems. We work with the specialist bladder and bowel nursing team, based at Franklyn House in Exeter.

More on what we do

Our team also works closely with specialist doctors from Bristol Children's Hospital, including a nephrologist (a doctor who specialises in kidney disorders) and a urologist (a doctor who specialises in disease of the urinary tract and the bladder in particular). Together, we care for children with more complex kidney and bladder problems, including those patients who have had a kidney transplant. We hold joint clinics at the RD&E every 3 months.

Our wider team includes support from an adult kidney specialist, specialist community nurses and dieticians.

We also worked closely with research groups throughout the country. We are trying to understand how some kidney conditions are caused and how best to treat them. You might be asked to take part in research trials during your time under our care.

Our team


  • Dr Hannah Cottis - consultant paediatrician. Service lead.

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Children's Outpatients, Area G.

Contact us

If you want to get in touch with the department, please contact:

Secretary: 01392 406 633

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Supporting you

Our service works with both Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and the health psychology team based at the RD&E. There is also support available for specific patient groups. Please ask about this when you are seen in clinic.


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