Renal genetics and tubular
disorders clinic

Renal services



This clinic brings together staff from Addenbrooke’s Hospital: nephrology, medical genetics, urology and clinical biochemistry to see patients whose disease usually needs to be looked after by one or more of these specialties.


The clinic was set up in February 2005 with initial funding for two years from the Department of Health as part of its Mainstreaming Genetics programme.


Patients may be referred by their general practitioners (GPs) or by hospital doctors from Addenbrooke’s, from local hospitals or from further away if there is no local centre.


What does the clinic offer?

  • The clinic has a consultant nephrologist, medical geneticist, urologist and chemical pathologist and a specialist renal nurse.

  • We have the expertise in the clinic at a single visit to evaluate fully and care for the patient, which should lead to better and more efficient care.

  • We have access to genetic counselling and can arrange diagnostic mutation screening for selected conditions where the causative gene is known.

Referral information

Which patients are referred to us?


We can provide services to:

  • Adults who have all types of renal tubular diseases including polycystic kidney disease; the cause may be acquired, hereditary or unknown.

  • Patients who have recurrent kidney stones and/or a family history of kidney stones.

  • We are also happy to see ‘at-risk’ relatives of patients.


Typical diagnoses or problems include:

  • Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

  • Bartter Syndrome

  • Cystinuria

  • Dent's disease

  • Familial hypertension

  • Gitelman syndrome

  • Hypercalciuria (of unknown cause)

  • Hypomagnesemia (of unknown cause)

  • Medullary cystic kidney disease

  • Nephrocalcinosis

  • Nephronophthisis

  • Recurrent hypokalaemia or hyperkalaemia (of unknown cause)

  • Recurrent kidney stones

  • Renal tubular acidosis (definite or possible)

  • Severe gout with renal impairment


For referring doctors:

To make referrals, please contact:


The Clinic PA, RGTD Clinic, Box 118, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
Telephone: 01223 256 318
Fax: 01223 586 506


If you are a referring doctor, please feel free to discuss patients with the clinic staff listed on the meet the team page.

Key contacts

Clinic PA Tel: 01223 256 318; Fax: 01223 586 506



  • Prof Fiona Karet (Nephrology) Tel: 01223 762 617 (Clinic Lead)

  • Dr Richard Sandford (Clinical Genetics) Tel: 01223 348 875

  • Dr Anita Sarker (Clinical Biochemistry) Tel: 01223 274 840
  • Mr. Oliver Wiseman (Urology) Tel: 01223 586 593

Clinic sister:

  • Caroline Robinson: Tel: 01223 348 745