The department provides a comprehensive service for children and young people with kidney disorders from a catchment population of 3.5 million across the North West of England. The unit works very closely with the paediatric urological service and the adult nephrology and transplantation departments at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Inpatient and dialysis service

The department manages approximately 300 inpatients and 200 day case reviews each year.  On an average 15 renal transplants (including ABO incompatible transplantation) are performed annually in addition to 80 renal biopsies. The department provides a full on call service for dialysis, providing acute dialysis for approximately 50 patients a year. Long- term peritoneal dialysis is provided to around 25 patients and chronic haemodialysis to an average of 7 patients. Plasma exchange is also provided within the department.

Outpatient service

The service reviews around 500 new patients and 1500 follow-up patients per annum on site. Together with general nephrology, dialysis and transplant clinics we run the following joint/specialty clinics: renal genetics, vasculitis, paediatric-adult transition, young adult transplant and an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) follow-up clinic. The department also covers joint outreach clinics stretching from Barrow-in-Furness in the north of the region to Crewe in the south. Each centre is visited three or more times per year and around 600 reviews are undertaken in outreach clinics.


Activity within the department spans the spectrum from basic science to clinical translational research. This incorporates important cross faculty collaborations within the University of Manchester in addition to partnerships within the wider the Academic Nephrology Network in Manchester. Research funding in excess of £6million has been awarded to members of the department over the past 3 years from the following funding agencies: NIHR, Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC, KRUK, Kids Kidney Research and Kidneys for Life.

Departmental contact

Joan Shiels, Renal Unit Administrator
Tel:  0161 701 2161
Fax: 0161 701 2630

Inpatient/dialysis contact

Ward 77: Tel: 0161 7017700, Fax 0161 7017713
Haemodialysis Unit: Tel: 0161 7017604

Consultant Paediatric Nephrologists and specialist interests

Professor Nick Webb: CKD, transplantation, research (Director of Children’s Clinical Research Facility)
Dr Nick Plant: CKD, dialysis, transplantation, urodynamics
Dr Mohan Shenoy: CKD, transplantation
Dr Amrit Kaur: CKD, dialysis

Honorary Consultant Paediatric Nephrologists and specialist interests:

Professor Adrian Woolf: Renal genetics, research (urinary tract development)
Dr Rachel Lennon: CKD, research (glomerular cell biology)

Nurse specialists

Trish Smith (Dialysis)
Denise Roberts (Transplantation)


Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Oxford Road
M13 9WL


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