Kidney Matters - Issue 6, Summer 2019


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.


Welcome to

Kidney Matters

Message from

the editor


It’s been a very busy three months. As you can see,

one of the projects we’ve been working on is a fresh

new design for Kidney Matters. But Kidney Matters is

your magazine and so I am all ears….what do you think?

Let me know at

Also, in June we launched our brand new Kidney

Kitchen website ( containing

video cooking demonstrations, recipes and sound

advice from the professionals who know. It appears to

have really hit the spot with you, with over 1,000 online

recipe views in the first week alone. Thank you for all

your encouraging texts and emails. Did our food ever

taste so good!

We are all just about to converge

on Newport for the 2019 British

Transplant Games. Are you ready


These Games represent our one annual opportunity

to bring the whole transplant community together for

a weekend of sporting challenges in celebration of the

gift of organ donation and successful transplantation.

The Games never fail to deliver moments of incredible

personal triumph over adversity, and this year we stand

to break attendance records with an estimated 850

transplant-athletes competing in over 100 different

sporting events. It is little wonder that we are very

proud partners of this major annual event in the

transplant calendar.

Good luck if you are a competitor and thank you if

you are part of the army of supporters, staff, and


© Kidney Care UK 2016 is the operating name of the British Kidney Patient

Association. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in

England and Wales (1228114). A charity registered in England and Wales

(270288) and Scotland (SCO48198).

Finally, you might think people who throw themselves

out of moving planes are quite mad. But if you want

to cross ‘do a skydive’ off your bucket list, then

we’d love it if you would join our expanding group of

possibly bonkers Kidney Warriors and me (yes, me)

in a sponsored skydive. We all hope to raise loads of

money to help Kidney Care UK continue its great work

supporting kidney patients. See page 17 for details

We’ve pulled together a bumper issue for you this

summer. So please grab a sun-hat, pull up a deck-chair

and enjoy a good read.

Who’s who at Kidney Matters

Editor ...................................................Deborah Duval

Deputy Editor ................................................Sue Lyon

Designer ......................idmedia (contact

Printing, Packing & Posting

Get in touch

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Call us on: 01420 541424

Kidney Care Uk 3-4 The Windmills, St Mary’s Close,

Turk Street, Alton, GU34 1EF

Issue 6 | Summer 2019

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