About us

Kidney Care UK Dialysis Freedom is the FREE support service to help with the planning and arranging of Dialysis Away from Base (DAFB) in the UK. Whether for a holiday, to join a family celebration, or for a work trip, being able to take a break is an important part of living live to the full.

DAFB is available to all kidney patients from the NHS, and this is usually organised directly by your renal unit. However, the forward planning, coordination and availability of haemodialysis slots can make this a challenging and overwhelming experience.

Kidney Care UK Dialysis Freedom is here to help you every step of the way. The service will handle all of the arrangements and administration so you only have to prepare as you would for any other trip and focus on the benefits of your break.

Meet the team

Laura Gleadell

Laura Gleadell

Director

Laura started with Freedom in 2000, she has a wealth of experience dealing with dialysis clinics overseas and in the UK, Laura is responsible for running the overseas operation and our overseas group trips but is also heavily involved with the UK side of the operation, she is as passionate about her job as she is to being a mother to her boys.

Kate Bird

Kate Bird

UK Advisor

Kate has been with Freedom since 2016, she deals with UK dialysis enquires and has made Freedom her new home from home. Kate comes from a customer service orientated background and is a very valued member to our team she has positively impacted the UK side, and enabled hundreds of patients to holiday in the UK. Kate is also a mum to two football fanatic boys and enjoys spending her time off with family and friends and usually on the side line of a football pitch cheering her boys on!

Melissa Arnold

Melissa Arnold

Overseas Advisor

Melissa joined us at the beginning of 2017, she has quickly become a valued member of the team, and is one of our overseas holiday dialysis coordinators. Melissa embarked on a career change joining the Freedom team with a background in administration and hairdressing. Mother to twins – Melissa enjoys weekends away, time with her family and the odd crazy adventure!

Nicki Naylor

Nicki Naylor

UK Advisor

Nicki joined our team in 2018. Sister to Kate, she has stengthened our UK team and works as one of our UK holiday dialysis coordinators. Nicki is a vibrant member of our team, always bringing a smile and some sunshine :) In her spare time, Nicki is also quite creative and can often be found at local craft fairs.

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