Kidney Matters - Issue 6, Summer 2019

KidneyCareUK

Kidney Matters is our free quarterly magazine for everyone affected by kidney disease.  This issue includes another recipe for our Kidney Kitchen as well as articles about dialysis transport, UK Kidney week, conservative treatment, and an interview with a retiring dialysis nurse after 33 years. We know that being a kidney patient can be tough at times and that accessing the right help at the right time isn’t always easy. We’ve spent a great deal of time over the past year talking to kidney patients on dialysis, asking them what we can do to address this. The response was overwhelmingly ‘improved communication’ on what is going on in the kidney world and what is available to them in terms of support and how to access it.  Kidney Matters has been developed to tackle this as well as the many other issues kidney patients face in day-to-day life. Along with shared patient experiences, Kidney Matters provides on how to access emotional and practical support, financial assistance through our grant schemes, advice from leading kidney specialists and tips on how to keep as well as possible by eating a healthy diet whilst on dialysis.

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Knitting up my token of love

The staff at the Dunedin dialysis

unit in Christchurch, New Zealand,

who had looked after 16-year-old

James Blackburn were very happy

to meet their new dialysis nurse

and patient (complete with dialysis

machine). James was diagnosed

with chronic kidney disease in

2011 at the age of 15. Then at 16 he

moved to the Dunedin dialysis unit

to have haemodialysis three times

a week for five hours a time. The

schedule enabled him to continue

his studies at school.

We love it, Faye!

James’ mother Faye knitted the

whole scene as a thank you to the

staff at the unit for looking after

James right up until he received

a kidney donated by his father,

on 31 March 2016. James is doing

really well now and Faye was keen

to acknowledge the love and care

the staff had given him at the unit.

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Issue 6 | Summer 2019

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