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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Fish and couscous salad

Fish and couscous salad Adapted from British Heart Foundation website   https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-matters/healthy-eating-toolkit/recipe-finder/fish-and-couscous-salad This is a really quick recipe and great recipe for using up leftovers. Couscous is an interesting alternate to rice or pasta and is also low in potassium and phosphate. If you are on a low potassium restriction: this would be approximately 3[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Easter Decorated Biscuits

Easter decorated biscuits Have fun with the younger members of your family creating Easter-inspired designs on these tasty biscuits.   Recipe (makes 24) For biscuits: 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 100g/3½oz caster sugar 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten 275g/10oz plain flour 1 tsp vanilla extract   To decorate: 400g/14oz icing sugar 3-4[…]

Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding

Marmalade bread and butter pudding   A good way to use up old bread, this bread and butter pudding replaces dried fruit with marmalade for a lower potassium alternative.   Recipe (serves 6-8) Ingredients 8 slices day-old crusty white bread, crusts removed 50g very soft butter 2 oranges 4 tbsp orange marmalade, plus 4 tsp[…]

Easy Easter Brioche

Easy Easter brioche     Try this alternative to hot cross buns for a delicious breakfast, or snack, served with jam.   Recipe (serves 6-8) Ingredients 250g plain flour 100g butter 2 rounded tbsp caster sugar 7g sachet fast-action yeast 3 eggs Sugar Method Tip the flour into a food processor fitted with a plastic[…]

Cheesy Hot Cross Buns

Cheesy hot cross buns   Why not try a replacement to traditional hot cross buns if you are following a low potassium diet, with this savoury alternative? Recipe (makes 12) Ingredients 700g strong bread flour, plus extra 5 tbsp for crosses and dusting 3 x 7g sachets fast-action dried yeast 500ml warm whole milk 140g[…]

‘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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

12 Months

12 Months… Today sees the 12 month anniversary of my dates with Dai #dialysis shocking where the times goes but also the longest 12 months ever! If I’m really honest..the hardest 12 months that only 2 people really understand..Lee and myself. Putting a few things down in print..maybe to share my experiences/thoughts with others going[…]

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[…]

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[…]

What’s happening?

Hello hello, haven’t been here for a while.. Whats happening?..well dialysis is still a struggle (nothing new there!) no two days are ever the same. If an ‘ok day’ could be had two days on the trot, I’d be laughing! Plummeting Bp and flaking out..yay go me! 🙁 Anyone else encounter that!? Wobbly legs after[…]

My 5 day countdown to my #Kidney #Transplant

Hi Everyone, My name is Joseph, and I am a CKD patient who is having a kidney Transplant on Friday 01st August 2014. I am very fortunate that my older Brother is giving me the gift of life. In 2010 I became ill and quickly the doctors diagnosed CKD. For the next 4 years I[…]

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[…]

ALL THE KING’S HORSES AND ALL THE KING’S MEN…..

So I started dialysis last week Tuesday… What a nerve racking period it was, pre-dialysis. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t stop thinking about what could go wrong..infections, the tube not working, pulling it out of my body by mistake etc; above all the fact that this is my life now. I would no longer be[…]

Raise Funds for HKPA by Steven Chadderton

Steven Chadderton I am Steven Chadderton – Father of my Eldest Daughter, Helen Louise Chadderton who has entered the Great Manchester Cycle Race of 52 Miles (Sunday, 29th June 2014) and also the Manchester to Blackpool Cycle Race (Sunday, 13th July 2014) along with her Partner – Shaun Parkinson, to raise Funds for the Hope Kidney Patients Association – Salford. I have been a Renal[…]

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[…]

Salford Royal Foundation Trust

Good morning people! Hope everyone has had a top start to the New Year. I signed up for a voluntary job at Salford Royal Foundation Trust yesterday. As far as I’m aware, I’ll be working in and around renal patients who have ‘crash landed’ with kidney failure and giving them a heads up on what[…]

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)[…]