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Kidney Failure​

CKD Clinic Overview

The CKD Intervention Clinic is a one-stop holistic centre that provides complimentary kidney screening for those who are at risk or have a higher risk of developing kidney disease. Early detection and prevention are keys to tackling chronic diseases. 

The screening includes tests to detect kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Participants will also have a consultation session with our dietitian and exercise specialist on the day of screening. They will provide advice and customised care plans to keep one’s health in check.

The CKD Clinic operates every Wednesday (except on public holidays) from 9am to 11.15am and 2.15pm to 3pm.

Why is it important to go for kidney screening? 

The symptoms of kidney disease may not be noticeable until the condition is in its advanced stages. Damage to the kidneys at these stages is irreversible.

Hence, it is important that kidney disease is detected early so that timely intervention and treatment can be initiated to better manage the condition and prevent or delay the progression to kidney failure.

What to expect at the CKD Intervention Clinic?

Complimentary screening includes
(No fasting needed)
Who is eligible?
(You will need to meet all of the following 3 eligibility requirements)
• Body Mass Index
• Waist Measurement
• Blood Pressure
• Blood Glucose
• Cholesterol Profile
• Urine Albumin: Creatinine Ratio (tests for signs of kidney disease)
• Serum Creatinine (tests for kidney function)
• Consultation with Dietitian and Exercise Specialist

  • Retinal Eye Screening (checks for major eye diseases), in partnership with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI).

    Participants of the retinal imaging study will be reimbursed for their time.
  • You need to be 21 - 80 years old

    Meet ANY ONE of the following criteria:

    - Has family history of kidney disease, diabetes, or hypertension

    - Are known to have diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease*
    *Includes conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, valve disease, stroke and blood vessel/vascular disease

    - Has BMI ≥ 27.5kg/m2

    Have not done any kidney screening in the past 1 year

    If you opt for the retinal eye scan, a 1-way travel reimbursement ($20) after the screening will be provided as eye dilation will be required.

    Keep your health in check at our one-stop screening centre

    Health Screening

    Consultation with Dietitian & Exercise Specialist

    Retinal Eye Screening

    Frequently Asked Questions on Dilation

    1. Why do we need to dilate your eyes before retinal photography?

    Dilating the pupils by instilling dilation eye drops enlarges your eye pupil size, allowing us to have a better view of the retina (located at the back of the eye). This is important as it improves the quality of the retinal images needed for this study. 

    2. How long does it take for the eyes to dilate and how long does the dilation effect last?

    It will take about 15-20 minutes for the pupils to be dilated. On average, it takes about 4-6 hours for your eyes to return to normal.

    3. What are the possible side effects of eye dilation?
    • Once your eyes are dilated, your vision will be blurred and you will have increased sensitivity to bright lights for about 4 hours. As a result, you be more prone to slipping, falling, moving unsteadily, etc.
    • You may experience mild local allergic reactions (i.e. rashes, redness of eye, itch).
    • There is a very small risk of acute angle closure glaucoma (an acute rise in eye pressure), estimated to occur in less than 1 in 5000 people. An eye pressure or shadow light test will be done to assess the risk before instilling eye drops. Dilating eye drops will not be used on patients who are at risk of developing acute angle closure glaucoma.
    4. Can we opt to take retinal photographs without dilation?

    You may opt to take retinal photographs without dilation; however, the quality of the photographs may not be usable.

    5. Can I wear contact lens to the retinal eye screening?

    If you are participating in the eye screening, please wear glasses on the screening day as the dilating drops will interfere with the contact lens.

    What are the Do’s and Don’ts After Eye Dilation?


    CKD Clinic Details

    Getting Here

    From Farrer Park MRT Station (Exit G):

    Bus Service 125
    Alight at St. Michael’s Bus Terminal

    From Toa Payoh Bus Interchange:

    Bus Service 139
    Alight at opposite NKF

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    General Enquiries

    As there are limited car park lots available at NKF Centre visitors may need to park at the nearby HDB car parks in the vicinity.

    NKF HQ Mondays –Thursdays
    PH / Weekends
    8.30am –6.00pm
    8.30am –5.00pm
    Dialysis Centres Mondays –Saturdays
    7.00am –11.00pm
    7.00am –11.00pm

    We are open on most public holidays except for the 1st day of Chinese New Year.

    NKF does not provide ad hoc dialysis treatment. Our patients are on long-term dialysis treatment. You may wish to check with private dialysis centres for ad hoc dialysis treatments.

    NKF does not have an outpatient clinic and hence, we are unable to arrange an appointment for members of the public. You may wish to contact a hospital of your choice for outpatient service.

    Currently, NKF does not provide health report interpretation service. You may consult your General Practitioner who will be able to assist you.

    Someone with kidney failure may not experience any signs and symptoms until it is too late. It is best to do a routine health screening to understand your health status better and detect any abnormalities as early as possible so that you can delay and manage the disease progression.

    To know about the signs and symptoms please click here to learn more.

    Decreased urination Swollen hands and ankles Sleep disturbances
    Blood in the urine (tea-coloured or fresh blood) Puffiness around the eyes High blood pressure
    Nausea and vomiting Itching Loss of appetite

    All dialysis centres operate on 3 dialysis shifts –morning, noon and evening.

    Morning Noon Evening
    7.00am –12.00pm 12.00pm – 6.00pm 6.00pm –11.00pm
    Timing of your dialysis schedule may vary for each dialysis centres.
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday (1,3,5) OR Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (2,4,6)


    Our Admissions Counsellor will contact you once your application is finalised. They will be in contact with you soon.

    From the day we receive the application form, it will take approximately 3 working days to a week for us to get back to you if you have submitted all completed supporting documents together with your application form to us. Generally, the whole process will take 6 months for the approval.

    The overall application review process will take approximately 6 months before the applicant can start the first dialysis treatment. However, if the applicant is able to provide all completed supporting documents and if there is a slot available at the dialysis centre with a right match to the time slot, the waiting time could be shorter.

    Currently, we do not have status checking service online. NKF Admissions Counsellor will be in contact with the applicants regarding the status.

    You may pick it up from the NKF main office at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836 or call us at 6506 2187 to have the forms sent to you.

    Means Test is used to determine the amount of subsidies each person needing care is eligible for. Persons from lower income households will be granted higher subsidies under the means test framework.

    Means Test subsidies calculation is based in accordance to MOH guidelines.

    Our NKF Admissions Counsellor in-charge will contact you in regards to your means test status.

    The Medical Social Workers at your hospital will be able to advise you on the different type of subsidies based on your financial situation.

    Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

    For information on kidney donation in Singapore, you may wish to contact the National Organ Transplant Unit at Tel: 6321 4390 or email

    NKF’s Kidney Live Donor Support Fund covers annual health screenings and medical follow-ups; one-time reimbursement for loss of 2 months actual income of $8,500, whichever is lower: reimbursement of hospitalisation and surgical insurance premiums (capped at MediShield Life premiums); pre-transplant screening and evaluation costs for up to 2 potential donors per kidney recipient; and insurance coverage for Group Living. Policy based on sum insured of $200,000.

    For more information and eligibility, please click here. 

    Donation & Volunteering

    You can make the donation through different platforms:

    1. For online donation: please visit
    2. Or you may like to issue a cheque made payable to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF” and mail it to us at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836.
    3. Alternatively, you may contact us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) or email us at to send you the donation form.
    4. Road Singapore 328836.

    Thank you for your generosity. The cheque should be issued to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF”.

    Thank you for bequeathing your CPF contributions to NKF. You can fill up the CPF nomination form which can be downloaded from the CPF website. NKF’s UEN is 200104750M.

    Thank you for your generosity. You may like to visit the Ministry of Law’s website where you can find a list of lawyers based in Singapore. Please visit

    Our UEN/ Company Registration No. / GST Registration No. is 200104750M.

    Please send us an email at or call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) and we will assist you accordingly.

    You may email your new mailing address to , Please include your full name, contact number, old mailing address and UEN or NRIC/FIN (last 3 digits)

    You may email us at to get the donation form. Please fill up your new GIRO/credit card number, donation amount and sign the form. Thereafter, post the GIRO form back to NKF for processing.

    For credit card, you may wish to scan the form and send it to NKF via either of these options:

    Email –

    Fax – 6253 0417

    Mail – 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836

    Please email us at with your full name, UEN/NRIC/FIN and mailing address.

    Please email us at to have the termination form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us for processing and auditing purposes.

    All outright cash donations to NKF are entitled to tax deduction because NKF is a registered charity with an IPC (Institutions of Public Character) status. We are able to issue tax deductible receipts for qualifying donations to our donors.

    You are entitled to a tax deduction of 2.5 times the value of your donation in the preceding year.

    You may sign up via our website at

    If you do not have access to the internet, please call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) to have the application form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us at 81 Kim Keat Road Singapore 328836.

    Once we receive your application, our colleague from the Donor and Volunteer Management Department will contact you for a phone interview. After which, you will be invited to attend our volunteer orientation. This is to allow you to have a better understanding of the volunteering activities.

    The minimum age is 13 years old. For volunteers who are below the age of 21, you will need to get parental consent. You may download the consent form here.

    We strongly encourage our volunteers to commit at least a year so that we can better support our patients. Our programmes and activities are flexible, you can choose your volunteering schedule according to your interest and availability.

    You may volunteer with us basing on your availability. We will send a weekly email to our volunteers indicating the up-coming volunteering opportunities. You can then match your availability to the activity schedule.

    We have an array of volunteering activities to suit your interest and availability. To learn more about the volunteering activities we offer, please visit

    Anyone and everyone can join us as a volunteer. All applicants will be required to undergo a mandatory orientation session where you will gain insights into the Foundation’s cause, kidney disease as well as learn more about the volunteering activities we offer. Regular trainings are also conducted for all volunteers so that they can better perform their role.

    Most definitely! We welcome schools, companies and community groups to volunteer with us as part of their Values In Action and Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Please get in touch with us on your interest by sending an email to

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