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•This article has been double-blind peer reviewedWard nurses who have not specialised in renal care must understand chronic kidney disease and peritoneal dialysis to successfully care for patients on PD while in hospitalCatley C (2015) Peritoneal dialysis 2: peritoneal dialysis: a guide for non-renal nurses. Nursing Times; 111: 49/50, 18-19.Peritoneal dialysis allows patients living with Stage 5 chronic kidney disease to manage their disease at home. However, such patients may be admitted to hospital with various health problems and be cared for by ward nurses who have not specialised in renal care. Part 1 of this series outlined the causes of chronic kidney disease and described how PD works; this article provides the information nurses need to better support such patients.