What is a Kidney Health Check?
If you have one or more risk factors for chronic kidney disease it is recommended that you see your doctor for a Kidney Health Check every two years.
If you have diabetes or high blood pressure it is recommended that you have a Kidney Health Check every year.
The Kidney Health Check has three tests:
- A blood test, to find out the level of waste products in your blood and calculate what’s called your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).
- A urine test, to check for albumin (a type of protein) or blood in your urine.
- A blood pressure test, as kidney disease causes high blood pressure and high blood pressure causes kidney disease.
If kidney disease is suspected, your doctor may also organise a renal ultrasound scan. This test is taken to show the size of your kidneys, locate kidney stones or tumours, and find any problems in the structure of your kidneys and urinary tract.
Following your Kidney Health Check and depending on your circumstances, other tests and procedures may be required.
These tests may be carried out by your doctor or you may be referred to a kidney specialist (nephrologist).DetectPrimary Care Education