Vegan Shakshuka

Vegan Shakshuka

Vegan Shakshuka Vegan Shakshuka makes an excellent weekend breakfast. Serve with crusty bread or rice. If you are restricting your potassium intake, this recipe counts as one portion of tomato, so avoid having a portion of potato on the same day as this dish, and remember to boil vegetables before adding them to this dish.[…]

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Vegetarian Nasi Goreng

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng

This week’s recipe from the dietitians at Salford Royal is Vegetarian Nasi Goreng.  It is an Indonesian dish and Nasi Goreng means ‘fried rice’. This dish is a great way to use up leftover rice and vegetables, and makes a tasty and speedy week day dinner. If you are following a potassium restriction, remember to[…]

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Treacle Tart

Treacle Tart

  This Treacle Tart is a lovely treat! Serve with whipped cream for a special occasion. Thanks again to Jane Richardson, dietitian at Salford Royal for adapting this recipe and taking the time to prepare and photograph the dish. Ingredients For the pastry This recipe reduces the saturated fat in the pie, making it a[…]

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Red Lentil Stew with Dumplings

Red lentil stew with dumplings

Red lentil stew with dumplings. Red lentil stew with dumplings is our latest recipe and comes from Jane Richardson, a dietitian from Salford Royal. I want to thank Jane for the recipe and also for cooking the dish and sending a photograph of it; it’s really appreciated. Lentils are good source of protein, particularly for[…]

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Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie Autumn is the time of year to dig out the casserole and pie dishes and this recipe for Chicken and Leek Pie from Salford Royal dietitian Sophie Brazier is a great example of the warm, comforting food we crave as the days grow shorter and colder. Ingredients: 2 tbsp vegetable oil[…]

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Beef Burgers

Easy Beef Burgers

Beef Burgers The latest recipe from the renal dietitians at Salford Royal is for easy Beef Burgers. A simple recipe for all of the family. Ingredients: 1 small onion, diced 500g good-quality beef mince 1 egg 1 tbsp vegetable oil 4 burger buns   Method: Tip 500g beef mince into a bowl with 1 small[…]

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Blog July 2018

Complementary Therapy Blog July 2018

BLOG July 2018 We celebrated a lovely day with the nursing staff for Nurses Day on May 11th and had therapists in Salford, Wigan, Bolton and Oldham carrying out therapies for our wonderful hardworking dedicated staff. The feedback from the staff was wonderful and they thoroughly enjoyed their day of celebrations.       ———————————————-****—————————————————-[…]

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Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Our latest CKD friendly recipe has come from Sophie Brazier, dietitian at Salford Royal and reflects that we’re now in Autumn and Halloween is approaching.  Pumpkins are now an accepted feature of Halloween in this country so this recipe for a Pumpkin Risotto is both timely and tasty. Eat and enjoy! Pumpkin Risotto Ingredients: 1[…]

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Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes In the second of her potato based recipes, Lisa Hobson has provided a recipe for potato pancakes – a great way of using up leftover mashed potato.   Ingredients 250g cold mashed potato, or 2 medium-size floury potatoes, cut into chunks 75g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 eggs 125ml milk 1[…]

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Potato Wedges

Potato Wedges

During September, our renal friendly recipes will feature a variety of ways to enjoy potatoes suitable for a low potassium diet. Potatoes are naturally high in potassium however the way in which they are cooked can reduce their potassium content. When potatoes are boiled, some of the potassium is lost into the cooking water and[…]

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Jam Turnovers

Jam Turnovers

Jam Turnovers This week’s CKD friendly recipe from the renal dietitians from Salford Royal is for Jam Turnovers, a sweet treat! Serves 4. Ingredients puff pastry – 225g (9oz) jam – 225g (9oz)- choose strawberry/ raspberry jam egg white – 1 caster sugar – 25g (1oz) double cream – 4 tablespoons Cooking method Roll out[…]

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Tandoori Bites

Tandoori Bites

In our continuing series of CKD friendly recipes from the renal dietitians at Salford Royal, Maggie Farragher has provided a recipe for Tandoori Bites. This recipe is nice to have if enjoying a barbecue during the summer. It is tasty and easy to make. Tandoori Bites Serves 4. Ingredients lean beef chopped into chunks –[…]

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Piri Piri Chicken Burger

Piri Piri Chicken Burger

Piri piri chicken burger with spicy rice In her last recipe for July, Abbey Chapman, renal dietitian from Salford Royal, has adapted a recipe for those of you who like a little spice in their life, Piri Piri Chicken Burger with Spicy Rice.   Adapted from Asdagoodliving.co.uk Serves 4. Chicken with a kick. Ingredients FOR[…]

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Pea and Feta Salad

Pea and Feta Salad

Pea and Feta Salad Another tasty CKD friendly recipe from Abbey Chapman, renal dietitian at Salford Royal. Pea and Feta Salad is a delightful summer dish, just perfect for a picnic during this welcome and prolonged spell of warm weather.  Serves 6 to 8 people. Recipe adapted from bbc.com/food. Ingredients 350g/12oz penne, rigatoni or other similar[…]

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Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev Another tasty recipe from the renal dietitians at Salford Royal.  This week we have Chicken Kiev, a great family favourite. Chicken Kiev – Adapted from thehappyfoodie.co.uk Serves 4 Ingredients 75g (8oz)unsalted butter, at room temperature 3garlic cloves, crushed 4 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 75g (3oz) plain[…]

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Creamy Swedish Meatballs

Creamy Swedish Meatballs

On the day that England play Sweden in the quarter final of the 2018 World Cup, it seems appropriate to share Abbey Chapman’s renal friendly recipe for Creamy Swedish Meatballs.  Abbey is a dietitian at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and has adapted this recipe from the BBC Good Food website. Creamy Swedish Meatballs Serves 4,[…]

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Easy Fish cakes

Easy Fish Cakes

Easy Fish Cakes This recipe for Easy Fish Cakes was provided by Helen Botham, renal dietitian from Salford Royal Foundation Trust. You can try this recipe with any pre-cooked or tinned fish such as salmon, cod, haddock or tuna. You can freeze the fish cakes uncooked and then cook as required. Freeze them in a[…]

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Yasmin's Tarka Dal

Yasmin’s Tarka Dal

Yasmin’s Tarka Dal By Yasmin Javaid, Health Care Assistant at Rochdale Dialysis Unit. This recipe for Tarka Dal comes courtesy of Yasmin Javaid who works on the dialysis unit at Rochdale.  Lentils are cheap, delicious and a good source of protein. This healthy recipe is full of flavour and makes a comforting vegetarian dish. Serves[…]

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Spicy Barbecue Chicken

Spicy Barbecue Chicken

Spicy Barbecue Chicken Helen Botham, renal dietitian at Salford Royal has kindly provided this great recipe for a summer barbecue.  This dish, Spicy Barbecue Chicken, makes a great summer meal that is quick and easy to prepare. Using fresh ingredients, it is full of flavour and low in salt.   Serves 4 Ingredients 4 Chicken[…]

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Stir Fried Pork with Ginger and Honey

Stir Fried Pork with Ginger and Honey

Stir Fried Pork with Ginger and Honey Stir fry’s are quick and easy recipes to follow and this recipe for Stir Fried Pork with Ginger and Honey is particularly tasty. I often eat this mid-week.  Chinese food can be high in salt but this recipe isn’t as there is no extra salt or flavour enhancers[…]

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World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day at Salford Royal

Brian Egerton’s report in words and pictures on World Kidney Day, 2018 at Salford Royal   Every year on the 2nd Thursday of March we celebrate World Kidney Day. This years theme was Kidney Disease and Women’s Health as it coincided with International Women’s Day being on the 8th March.At Salford Royal Hospital in the[…]

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Home dialysis

Videos on setting up and using a home dialysis machine

Helen Jennings, a great supporter of GMKIN, recently made three videos about her home dialysis processes. Your processes may differ dependent on the type of dialysis and the machine you’re using but these videos give a great overview of what’s involved in Home Haemodialysis.  When making your choice of dialysis make sure you work with[…]

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first kidney transplant at MRI

CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST KIDNEY TRANSPLANT AT MANCHESTER ROYAL INFIRMARY   22 March 2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the first kidney transplant at Manchester Royal Infirmary. To celebrate this occasion and the 6,000 plus transplants that have taken place since then Manchester Transplant Team have organised an Afternoon Tea the details[…]

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Stephen Caddick

Stephen Caddick talks about his role as a MFT Governor

Let me introduce myself. My name is Stephen Caddick and I’ve been a committee member of the MRIKPA (previously NWRKPA) for 10 years plus. Recently I’ve become more involved with renal services as TREnDs is rolled out, which is something I’m very passionate about. For this reason I decided to put myself forward to become[…]

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Christmas carols

Staff sing Christmas carols to renal patients

On Wednesday 20th December, doctors, nurses, support workers, health care assistants and dieticians all sang Christmas carols to renal patients. It brought smiles and Christmas cheer to patients who were on dialysis, patients on ward H3 and members of staff. It was also rewarding to the members of the choir. Veronica, who works in the[…]

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Alayne Gagen

Alayne Gagen on her role as a Renal Vascular Access Nurse Specialist

Alayne Gagen explains her role as a Renal Vascular Access Nurse Specialist and describes the steps involved in the creation of an AV Fistula. My name is Alayne Gagen, I’m the Renal Vascular Access Nurse specialist for CMFT, or VANS for short, many of you will know me from both the transplant unit where I[…]

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Pre dialysis

Mike Kewley on his experience of living with kidney disease

Mike Kewley, committee member of MRI KPA, shares his experience of living with kidney disease. Mike Kewley – kidney transplant patient I started my personal kidney journey in 1998 when I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure by Renal Consultant Dr Ackrill at Withington hospital. I was familiar with the disease as my mother[…]

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Complementry Therapy Blog December 2017

Complementary Therapy Blog, December 2017

Complementary Therapy Blog, December 2017 Hi Everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and wrapped up nice and warm.  We have had a number of really wintry, snappy weather over the past couple of weeks so it’s essential you take extra care of yourself. We are coming to the end of our second year[…]

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Directed donation

Naqeeb Qureshi on donating a kidney to his mother

Article For GMKIN In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful. Waoo, it has been Four Years Now (13 September 2013-2017) since my mum has her transplant done at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI). We arrived in this country in July 2012 as a family to live and progress our life and careers[…]

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DNA Editing

DNA Editing: Future therapy for genetic conditions?

DNA Editing: Future therapy for genetic conditions? It can’t have escaped your notice that in the past few days the latest development in DNA editing has featured heavily in the media as news emerged of scientists from the USA and South Korea successfully removing a piece of faulty DNA from an embryo. Not untypically, the[…]

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World Transplant Games

Paul Reynolds at this year’s World Transplant Games

Paul Reynolds at this year’s World Transplant Games Paul, one of our Salford Royal Kidney Ambassadors, reflects on his time at the World Transplant Games in Malaga.   We’re just back from an incredible two weeks – 1st week showing the world the power of organ donation by playing for Team GB at this year’s[…]

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Peer Support

SRFT Renal Dept. Introduces Peer Support Network

Salford Royal’s renal team is introducing a Peer Support network so that patients with queries, looking for support or simply a conversation with someone with lived experience of CKD have access to a friendly contact.  If you think you’d like to help other patients in this way then please contact Peer Support Nurse Jane Ascott[…]

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DNA Editing

100,000 Genomes Project

100,000 Genomes Project With thanks to Jackie Evans, Mel Kershaw and Emma Wolfenden, a few words on signing up for the 100,000 Genomes project… I’ve taken part in several research studies over the years, the first being a comparative study of Ciclosporin and Sirolimus to which I enrolled on the day of my kidney transplant[…]

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Immunosuppression prescription: Progress!

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw I’ve never considered myself an unreasonable man.  In fact at times I feel cursed that I invariably see both sides of an argument[…]

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Merry Christmas from HKPA, MRIKPA and everyone at GMKIN

The Christmas Season is upon us and it’s both a time of celebration and reflection.  GMKIN has much to celebrate this year after winning a number of awards which all of you have made possible so when you’re reflecting, give yourselves a huge pat on the back and perhaps, for those of you on dialysis,[…]

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Summer burgers for the BBQ

Home-made beef burgers for the BBQ Burgers are a staple to many peoples barbecue during the summer.  However those bought from the supermarket often contain phosphate additives and added salt, making them less ideal for people with renal disease. Making them with good quality mincemeat will reduce the highly absorbable phosphate additives, whilst also being[…]

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Spicy Spring

Recipes adapted with thanks from www.BHF.org.uk Recipes for GMKIN From Sarah Brook RD Spicy Spring As the weather heats up into spring, the SRFT dietetic department bring you some spicy recipes where salt can be swapped for spices. Low fat spiced chips Ingredients: 450g peeled potatoes, 1tbsp olive oil, 1 tspn lemon juice, ½ tsp[…]

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John and the big silver box

John and the Big Silver Box   Having been told by my consultant some years ago that my future (with a capital F) lay in dialysis, I was dragged down a long dark corridor, kicking and screaming, by a nurse and shown two machines, one large, imposing and scary, the other somewhat smaller and looking[…]

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Professor Kalra in conversation about kidney disease and research

Professor Phil Kalra of Salford Royal and CKD patient Michael Lomax in a series of videos taking about kidney disease and kidney research.  I’m involved with a few research projects and echo Michael’s comments about it giving you a greater understanding of the disease but I’d also emphasise that, in my case, it has also[…]

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Using CKD lab results

Researchers at Manchester University are running a study to improve how CKD patients view and use their lab results online.  Initially the study is looking for patients from Salford Royal or Manchester Royal who have been transplanted for at least one year.  Checkout the poster below for details.  There are links below the poster for[…]

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PIP Assessment Guidelines

Below are guidelines on completing the Personal Independence Payment Assessment form.  It is recommended that you complete the form with a Welfare Rights worker especially if you are appealing a decision.  If you can’t read this document please email me on mod@gmkin.org.uk and I’ll email you a copy.

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PKD update: PKD Clinic, Tolvaptan and ‘Befriending’ Event

An update from Dr Janet Hegarty and Dr Grahame Wood of Salford Royal Foundation Trust covering the PKD Clinic, Tolvaptan and the launch of a PKD patient Befriending project run by the PKD Charity UK.  For details please follow the link below. PKD update: PKD Clinic, Tolvaptan and ‘Befriending’ Event

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‘Imagine what I could have done healthy’

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph just before the recent Rugby World Cup Jonah Lomu, who sadly died at the age of 40 last night, said “Imagine what I could have done healthy”.  That’s a scary thought given what he did achieve in the game but we should read more than that into those[…]

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Patients can change the future of research

October 15th, 2003 is a date I celebrate with my family every year, it isn’t my birthday but to me it felt like a rebirth.  It was the day I received my kidney transplant.  It was also the day I enlisted in my first research study.  The details of the research escape me although I[…]

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Invitation to join Patient Focus Groups to influence Renal Research

Greater Manchester Kidney Information Network (GMKIN) seeks patient involvement from across Greater Manchester in setting priorities and refining kidney research in Salford and Manchester Do you want to influence kidney research in Greater Manchester? Are you passionate about patients and their families having a voice within their healthcare service?                 Improving care for patients is at[…]

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Tolvaptan: A Game Changer?

It’s almost two years since I wrote a blog called Parental Dilemma in which I posed the question in relation to a genetic disorder “would you test your child or would ignorance be bliss?” The genetic disorder in question was Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) and it caused the complete failure of my kidneys[…]

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Team Manchester at the Transplant Games, 2015

Zoe Dixon, manager of Team Manchester has kindly written a report of the team’s experience and performance at the recent Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Newcastle & Gateshead.  With many thanks to Zoe and Arthur Taylor for sharing the report. BRITISH TRANSPLANT GAMES NEWCASTLE & GATESHEAD 30 July – 2 August 2015 The Manchester[…]

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Being in pain is a bit of a pain

There were so many great talks and presentations at the British Renal Society’s Conference in Leeds last week that it’s taken several days of reflection for them all to sink in. My mind however keeps returning to a talk from a junior doctor from Imperial College Renal and Transplant Centre, Louis Koizia. His excellent and[…]

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Abba, Dementia and Empathy

Cristina and I have given a few presentations about GMKIN in the past few months but they felt like rehearsals for the main event, the British Renal Society Annual Conference which this year was held at Leeds University. Our journey to Leeds didn’t bode well for the rest of the conference: motorway traffic jams, a[…]

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Shared Decision Making for kidney patients

With many thanks to Kate McNulty for allowing us to share this video.  Shared Decision Making (SDM) is a useful resource to identify your options when you’re approaching the point where you need to decide which type of dialysis is most suitable for you.  It will also help you talk in greater detail to your[…]

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Be a part of it!

The British Transplant Games are taking place in Newcastle/Gateshead this year between July 30th and August 2nd.  If you come from Lancashire, South Cumbria, Manchester or North Cheshire and would like to take part please check out the details in the document below and contact Zoe Dixon who is the Manchester Adults Transplant Games Team[…]

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Information sharing and where it goes wrong

I sometimes struggle for ideas for my blogs and often find that reading the blogs of others sparks an idea in my head.  This blog is based on comments I made to Anne Cooper (@anniecoops) about her recent musings on Information Governance and her assertion that the processes involved in capturing personal data aren’t always[…]

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CKD Lab Results Research

  Stuart Powell and I attended an initial meeting with Lamiece Hassan and Paolo Fraccaro at the Health eReseach Centre (HeRC) in Manchester on Friday morning to discuss Paolo’s study into how best to present lab results to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.  Following a brief introductory chat Paolo gave a short presentation on the[…]

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Pause For Thought

I’ve always been one for reflecting on events in my life, thankfully these days I manage to avoid the negative, confidence sapping reflection that fuelled my period of deep depression. Nowadays I look for the postive things in my life and celebrate even the minor achievements no matter how insignificant. Until last week I counted[…]

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The Impenetrable Language of Research Documents

Many years ago as I was taking my first steps into Information Technology management I was invited by the board of directors to present a proposal detailing my recommendations on resolving the performance issues of the company’s computer system. The day duly arrived, I was summoned to join them in the boardroom and nevously began[…]

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GMKIN Registration and Blogging process

I recently created a document (see link below) which gives a step by step overview of registering on the GMKIN website and also how to create your own blogs.  If you’re already registered on the GMKIN website then simply login and proceed to the section of the attached document about creating you own blog.  […]

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Healthcare and Technology: A Brave New World?

When technology giants Apple and Google begin acquiring companies that have developed healthcare applications or equipment you know that mobile healthcare is a growing business. It is predicted that the next version of Apple’s IOS mobile operating system will come with built-in apps focused on measuring and improving our health while Google has already demonstrated[…]

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Changes to Immunosuppression Medication Prescription

Some of you may have read a recent warning from the National Kidney Federation regarding changes to the method of prescribing immunosuppression drugs for transplant patients. Immunosuppression drugs will now be prescribed and dispensed from the patient’s renal centre. I had expected to hear more about this significant change but have heard nothing. Then again,[…]

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Depression in CKD sufferers

“There are three clinical psychologists attached to the Salford Royal Renal Department.” “People with depression often have worse physical health, as well as worse self-perceived health, than those without depression.” source “1 in 4 people (in Britain) will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.” source “In a study[…]

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My first dialysis session, my last dialysis session

The build up to my first dialysis session was very short and intense. While I’d attended all of the outpatient clinics to have my kidney function assessed throughout the previous ten years, I had made no attempt to accept and understand my condition and hadn’t thought through the dialysis options but decided on home haemodialysis.[…]

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Tripadvisor type service for the NHS

According to this article http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/28/nhs-launch-tripadvisor-style-website?CMP=twt_gu the government intend to introduce a Tripadvisor type service to the NHS having trialled it for several months in parts of London and the north-east. In the past I’ve had reason to both complain about and praise the care I’ve received within the NHS and have done so either directly[…]

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ADPKD Information Event

This short blog is on the excellent Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) event held at Salford Royal Hospital on Saturday 16th November, 2013.  The event was organised by Tess Harris of the PKD Charity and hosted by Dr Grahame Wood, consultant Nephrologist at Salford Royal. If I had to sum up the event in[…]

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