What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

The main role of your kidneys is to filter waste from your blood. They have a number of other roles too, like maintaining your blood pressure and keeping the right levels of chemicals in your body.

Chronic kidney disease – you might hear it called CKD – means your kidneys aren’t working as well as they should. It can make you feel tired, short of breath or nauseous. You might notice your ankles, hands or feet are swollen because of water retention, or that you have blood in your urine.

If you lose nearly all your kidney function, this is called kidney failure.

Although there isn’t a cure for kidney disease, there are things you can do to help manage your symptoms.


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Kidney disease


What is Kidney Disease?

Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease

Living with Chronic Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease Services

Shropshire Services & Support Groups - Kidney Disease

National Services - Kidney Disease



Self Care and Support

Self Care and Support - Introduction

Self Care and Support - Aims

Shropshire Services & Support Groups - Self Care and Support

National Services - Self Care and Support


Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan)

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Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Document Sections