Our impact Environment Kidney kids appeal Our Renal Unit is the second largest of its kind in the UK, and treats children and young people with kidney disease either through dialysis or renal surgery. Following the success of the Kidney Kids Appeal our Renal Unit moved into a brand new space that was created by the construction of the Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education building. The unit sees children from the West Midlands, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire and Wales, and treats children with acute and chronic renal failure and those who require renal transplantation (kidney transplants), plasmapheresis, lipid apheresis and MARS therapy (all forms of dialysis). The new Renal Unit opened its doors to patients in 2011. The bright modern space now boasts a vibrant outpatient area designed in consultation with the patients. Children on dialysis are connected to a dialysis machine for up to four hours, three times a week. Their lives depend on regular dialysis, and ultimately a kidney transplant. Because of this the unit becomes a second home, so the surrounding in which they are treated are especially important. The new unit provides an enhanced environment with specialist lighting and flooring with a highly specified décor and improved play facilities.