Transitioning from youth to adult renal service

Young people with kidney problems cared for by children’s teams have to move to adult care eventually. This happens for most teenagers between the ages 15-18. Which adult kidney team you will move to depends on where you live.

Moving on means you will have some new challenges such as learning about adult health care, meeting new teams, and becoming more independent (in charge) of managing your healthcare.

Transitioning is important because it helps you to become as independent with your healthcare as possible, before and after you move to adult care. Everyone will have different needs and abilities and your transition plan will take this into account. Some young people will find it easy to manage their health needs, and others will still need ongoing support from their family or caregivers during transition and after moving into adult care.

Resources for young people

Resources for clinicians