Home Haemodialysis

Home haemodialysis

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. A licensed healthcare professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

What is Home Haemodialysis (HHD)

During Haemodialysis (HD), blood is removed from the body and pumped through a machine containing a filtering system called a dialyser. The dialyser acts as an artificial kidney, which filters wastes and excess fluid from the body. Filtered blood is then pumped back into the body.

Some patients have the option of performing HD with a dialysis machine at home, usually with the help of a family member or carer. The frequency of HHD treatment ranges from 3 times a week to daily, either overnight or during the day.

How will Home Haemodialysis (HHD) affect your lifestyle?

Dialysis can have a big impact on people's lives and quality of life whilst on dialysis is an important consideration for many patients. Home dialysis offers many lifestyle benefits which may not be possible for people who choose to have their dialysis in a hospital three times a week. People on dialysis at home are more able to fit their treatment around their life.

With home HD there is no need to travel to hospital three times a week. There is an option to perform home dialysis while you sleep. Being independent from hospital means more time at home with family, more opportunities to socialise with friends and pursue hobbies. Home dialysis also gives the flexibility to continue to work or attend school or college.

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