Dr Janet Hegarty on Shared Care and its Impact

Recently we held a morning workshop to discuss something called ‘shared care’ in haemodialysis. Shared haemodialysis care has been called a ‘half-way house’ between hospital dialysis and home haemodialysis, offering you as a haemodialysis patient the opportunity to manage some of your treatment for yourself, with the support of clinical staff where you need it.[…]

Renal Outpatients Update – Annette and Julie

Hi! We are Annette and Julie – we are the nurses that manage the renal outpatient department. We would just like to let you know about the fantastic changes and improvements we have made recently. We are all aware that people who visit the department have varying degrees of kidney problems. For the majority of people[…]

Complementary Therapy Blog: April-June 2017

Hi everyone, I attended in April the National Kidney Federation (NKF) KPA Day/AGM in Birmingham. We showcased the service to representatives of KPAs across the country and I gave a presentation on the service and its progress. I was so nervous when doing my presentation but I must have done ok as this led to[…]

Peer Support

Blog from Jane Ascott, lead nurse on the Peer Support programme.

  Kidney Patient Peer Support Hi everyone! My name is Jane Ascott. I am the nurse leading on the Peer Support programme for all Salford Royal kidney patients and their relatives. Peer support is when someone affected by kidney disease gives their time to share their experiences with another patient. Peer Support is an effective[…]

Complementary Therapy Blog: March 2017

Complementary Therapy Blog: March 2017

Complementary Therapy Blog: March 2017 We have been on a huge adventure recently. Our recruitment drive took us to do a presentation at Wigan and Leigh College at the Image Centre in Leigh where we had been invited by their Tutor Miranda McFarlane.  We met a  lovely group of students who were studying Complementary Therapies[…]

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities Engaging with health conditions and volunteering is a great way to develop skills, learn, and to give something back. As a department, we want to offer as many volunteering opportunities as we can to patients as well as their relatives and friends. I wanted to give you a quick reminder of the existing[…]

Entertainment Coordinator

Entertainment Coordinator Volunteer Role

Entertainment Coordinator Volunteer Role Two months on from World Kidney Day and I am delighted to say we are moving forward with our projects to improve the experience of people with kidney disease cared for by Salford Royal. One of the key things we are keen on is working as closely as possible with our[…]

Transplant Games

Transplant Games – Q&A with Jenny

Transplant Games – Q&A with Jenny Jenny, wife of Paul, one of our Salford Royal Kidney Ambassadors, talks about her experience of supporting Paul in the Transplant Games. Read her perspective on the Transplant Games and why she thinks it is a great thing to get involved in! Tell me about yourself. My name is[…]

Transplant Games

Transplant Games Q and A with Paul Reynolds

Transplant Games – Q&A with Paul Paul, one of our Salford Royal Kidney Ambassadors, talks about his experience of participating in the British and World Transplant Games. Read about his achievements, how the Transplant Games have helped him, and why he thinks more people should get involved! Tell me about yourself. My name is Paul[…]

Kidney Peer Support – Patient Story

Kidney Peer Support – Patient Story Joan, a peritoneal dialysis patient at Salford Royal, writes about her experience of providing peer support and why she thinks it is a great idea. I was a happily married woman with three grown up step daughters whose life was dramatically changed one day in 2006 when, as I[…]

Takeaways

Take on the Takeaways

Take on the takeaways With World Kidney Day focusing on obesity, what better way to give it the thumbs up by making over some much loved takeaway meals. Creating versions that are hopefully healthier and friendlier to the kidneys. Home-made fish and chips with mushy peas Ingredients for 2 servings 400g baking potato 2 tsp[…]

Transplant Games

Salford Royal and the Transplant Games 2017

Hi All, It’s with great pleasure I am writing to remind everyone the UK Transplant Games 2017 are open for business with a deadline of Friday 12th May 2017 to apply. Here at Salford Royal we first started having a push on with the games a couple of years ago when they came to Bolton.[…]

NIHR Patient Research Ambassadors

A message from Professor Kalra about becoming a Patient Research Ambassador The Comprehensive Research Network (CRN) is trying to encourage people to sign up to be patient research ambassadors in Greater Manchester. The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) is committed to raising awareness and involving more people in research and ensuring research is designed[…]

Complementary Therapy Blog – December 2016

Complementary Therapy Blog – December 2016 Hi everyone, We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Were you spoiled rotten? December saw a hive of activity and functions to attend. At the beginning of December I enlisted and attended a weekend course at the Christie Hospital in Manchester where they have many[…]

Janet Cairnie’s Complementary Therapy blog

We have two more Volunteer Therapists cleared to start – one is to be placed at Bolton and the second one will be based here at Wigan. Your therapists are trained before they start their role in ‘The Medical Aspects of Kidney Failure’ and Haemodialysis along with what to do if a patient may start[…]

Risotto for Weight Loss and Kidney Disease

Risotto for weight loss and kidney disease It is sometimes hard to create tasty meals which are low in calories and meet the specifications of a renal diet. Maintaining a healthy weight is important to prevent other long term medical conditions and meet the criteria for a transplant.  The following recipe is an easy meal[…]

Janet Cairnie’s Complementary Therapy blog

BLOG 5 April 2016 This month started with an article to prepare for Leo Clifton the Volunteer Co-ordinator to place in this months ‘Volunteer’ magazine. It gave a description of my role and how I am recruiting and training Volunteers. The Presentations and meetings are going really well. So far I have covered West Lancashire[…]

New Complementary Therapist in Place

***First complementary therapist cleared and ready to go*** Our first Complementary Therapist is ready, willing and able. It’s good to have her on board – welcome to Ms Claire Gibbon! Claire has a degree in Complementary Therapies and she is so excited to be joining us. There will be no shortage of patients for her[…]

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[…]

World Kidney Day 2016 – Thank You!

I have been working with our young adults with renal problems for over a year now, and I have to say they still manage to surprise and inspire me, day by day. I want to take the opportunity to thank the incredible gang of young people in the Young Adult Renal Network (YARN) who made[…]

Complementary Therapy on Haemodialysis Programme SRFT Update

Complementary Therapy on Haemodialysis Programme SRFT Update. I have been busy this month setting up to do talks/presentations for the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and local colleges. I will be speaking to students and trained therapists who may be interested in giving complimentary therapies to our dialysis patients across our 5 units. Talks have[…]

Renal Training Unit – notes from abroad

As spring approaches and the good weather returns (we hope), our thoughts turn to holiday planning and possibly warmer climes.  At Salford Royal, we don’t want our home haemodialysis patients to miss out and traditionally, arranging holiday dialysis either in this country or abroad, was and continues to be dependent on finding a local hospital[…]

Complementary Therapist blog: Busy, busy, busy!

  Complimentary Therapy on Haemodialysis Programme SRFT Update Hi again – well – the first full week back after Christmas and I was buzzing with ideas and wanted to get stuck in.  We interviewed our first couple of Volunteers and had positive outcomes. Hopefully after being processed by the Volunteer Co-ordinators Team they will be[…]

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

Audrey, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and dialysis ‘shared care’ advocate

My name is Audrey Hyde; many of you may have already come across me as I’ve been around the renal services for many years. Back in 1986 I requested a transfer onto the dialysis unit to see if I would like working in this speciality. Back then haemodialysis units were what we now describe as[…]

Research study into the effects of exercise on dialysis patients

PEDAL Is one of our EXCITING new studies being run from the Salford Renal Unit and the Bolton Unit. This study looks at the benefits of exercise whilst on dialysis!!!! Patients will need to meet specific criteria to take part e.g. being over 18, on haemodialysis for more than 3 months and able to provide[…]

Special trips for kidney patients aged 16 -40

Dear All I got an email recently from a charity that supports 16-40 year olds with serious health conditions. They have supported local kidney patients and their loved ones with ‘special days’ over the last few years. If you or someone you know is the right age group and has kidney problems – you are[…]

Research at SRFT: My experience as a Clinical Research Fellow

Research at SRFT: my experience as a Clinical Research Fellow Hi! My name is Diana and I am one of the Clinical Research Fellows within the Renal Department at SRFT. My career in Renal Medicine started in 2011 as a Specialist Trainee in Renal Medicine. I have always been intrigued by the world of research[…]

Salford Royal gets grant to introduce complementary therapies for dialysis patients

Hi everyone, I am just writing a short blog to deliver some really nice news.  We have been looking at how to get complementary therapy onto all 5 of our dialysis units as part of the patient experience quality improvement work.  Wigan renal unit has some experience going back over many years of offering this.[…]

Acute Kidney Injury: It is not just all in the name!

It is with some trepidation that I am embarking on my first ever blog. My name is James and I am a doctor training as a kidney specialist. When I qualified in 2008 I had the same perceptions as most non-kidney doctors; kidneys are the sacrificial lamb of many illnesses. Be it surgery, major infection[…]

Atypical HUS – a story of tragedy and triumph

“To watch people you love die is very hard to take”.  These are the simple yet poignant words of a man who has battled with the ultra-rare illness atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) for around 30 years.  It causes sudden kidney failure and is rapidly fatal in at least a third of cases.  Those who[…]

Patient Experience Collaborative

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Mohammed Ali   Patient Experience Collaborative  Hi All Vicki and I had a really positive meeting with our Executive Sponsor today.  All the Salford Royal quality improvement projects have a senior sponsor or champion. This is part[…]

Dipping toes of some cracking good work!

  Hi, my name is Janet Hegarty and I’m one of the kidney consultants at Salford Royal.  Over the next year or two, my guess is (now I’ve dipped my toe in these awfully modern waters!) I’ll mainly be blogging about some frankly cracking good work that kidney patients, their supporters and staff are doing[…]

Oldham, transport and EPO; it’s all change!

April 2014 Hello and welcome to my first blog!  My name is Vicki Poynton;  I am the Senior Manager for Renal Services at Salford Royal.  Hopefully I will be able to keep you up to date on all things renal across Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Wigan. Some of you may be aware that the[…]

Things you always wanted to know about your renal diet – but always forget to ask—Diane Green, Renal Dietician

The renal diet is one of the most complicated diets to learn and follow, with every patient having different dietary restrictions, which depend on your blood results and medical treatment. The advice might include altering your intake of: *Potassium (including fruit and vegetables) *Phosphate (include dairy foods) * Sodium or salt (including processed, tinned foods)[…]