Acute starters dialysis


Acute starters refers to patients who have to begin their dialysis treatments suddenly. This is usually because of a sharp decline in their kidney function over a few days or weeks. This is diagnosed as an acute kidney injury.

More on what we do

Acute kidney injury can be mild or severe. If severe, it can result in the long term loss of kidney function. Dialysis is usually started immediately. Often, this treatment is given as an emergency if the condition is considered life-threatening. Following on from this, regular dialysis treatments will be required.


We understand that this can be very difficult for patients, especially if they had no prior knowledge of any problems with their kidneys. However, it is very important for patients and their families to understand kidney failure and what this means for them in the future.

We offer education and advice about treatment options, which include haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation or conservative management.

Where to find us

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

Renal Unit, Level 2, Room 41. 

Contact us

Renal Supportive Care Nurse

Telephone: 01392 404793

Helpful websites


Acute starter clinics are held monthly in the Exeter Kidney Unit. These are led by a consultant nephrologist (kidney doctor) supported by a specialist nurse, renal dietician and pharmacist. Visits to this clinic are a one-off appointment, just to make sure everything is in place and to answer any immediate questions. After this appointment, you will be seen in the appropriate dialysis clinic on a three to six monthly basis.


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