About this service

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Renal Service looks after people with kidney diseases.

We have a highly experienced and dedicated team of four consultants and a number of specialist renal nurses, dieticians and support workers.

Our services include dialysis, kidney transplants and helping patients manage their disease. We also look after patients with kidney stones, systemic vasculitis, electrolyte abnormalities or people who have injured their kidneys.

Haemodialysis and Plasma Exchange

Our main dialysis unit is at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. We also have satellite units at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and at Bodmin Hospital.

Bodmin Hospital offers two dialysis shifts a day. They also offer kidney dialysis for visitors on holiday to the area – see the booking number below. Find out more about Bodmin Hospital.

Holiday Dialysis in Cornwall

The renal unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital offers holiday dialysis. We are running a reduced activity than we have in the past because of covid effects on our slot availability. As restrictions have been lifted, patients are keen to make travel plans, but concerns continue about rates of COVID-19 infection across the UK. We currently have slots only at the Truro site. Hopefully in time we will expand our activity back to pre-covid times with opportunities for holiday dialysis both in Truro and in Penzance.

We open up the following years slots in the 1st November each year. Until that date we cannot confirm any booking.

The unit can be approached by either the dialysis unit where patients regularly attend, or directly at

Contact information

Duchess of Cornwall Renal Unit, Treliske

Telephone: 01872 252887

Aubrey Williams Renal Unit, Penzance

Telephone: 01736 874257

Bodmin Renal Unit

Telephone: 01208 256242

Where to find us

Duchess of Cornwall Renal Unit – Royal Cornwall Hospital

The Renal Unit is in the admin corridor of the Tower Block at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, Truro.

From Tower Block entrance

When you enter through the Tower Block main entrance, turn right and go along the corridor towards the Princess Alexandra Wing. The Renal Unit is at the end of the corridor on the left.

From Trelawny Main Entrance

If you enter from the main hospital entrance, go past the café (on your right) and WH Smiths (on your left). Head to the end of the corridor and go down the stairs or take the lift to the ground floor. Go left and this will bring you to the Lloyds Pharmacy shop (on your left). Continue past Lloyds, right to the end of the corridor and then turn right to enter the Tower Block. Continue straight past Tower Block reception and the Tower Block main entrance, along the corridor towards the Princess Alexandra Wing. The Renal Unit is at the end of this corridor on the left.

Aubrey Williams Renal Unit – West Cornwall Hospital

The Renal Unit is on the ground floor at the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance. When you arrive at the main entrance, go past the main reception and turn right. Follow the corridor round to the left, turn right and the Renal Unit is on your right.

Page last reviewed: 11 May 2023

Alert: Essential maintenance

This site will be unavailable for a period of 15-30 minutes on Monday 12th June 2023, between the hours of 7.30PM to 11.30PM

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