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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Fruit Kebabs

Fruit Kebabs Have some residual heat left over on your barbecue? Toast up these strawberry and marshmallow kebabs. Hull (remove the tough stalk) from a handful of strawberries Thread 3 strawberries and 4 marshmallows onto a metal skewer Carefully hold over the barbecue turning slowly until the marshmallows are slightly toasted Allow to cool slightly[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Half full or half empty?

  My daughter asked me an interesting question the other day. “Is your glass half full or half empty mum?”. I thought about this and started reflecting on my life. Do I think that I’ve been dealt some unlucky cards? Well yes if I consider that not long after I separated from my daughter’s father[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

Arthur Taylor’s Blog on the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, 2014

This is our first feature as we start to build up to the 2015 British Transplant Games in Newcastle.  Arthur Taylor’s blog on taking part in the very successful 2014 games held in Bolton. “We went on Thursday 7th August to Bolton for flat green bowling and it was a brilliant experience, unfortunately there were[…]

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[…]

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[…]

An update on my adventures :-)

Hi! Well, I’ve been back in the UK from my new smallholding in Spain for a couple of weeks and getting ready to go back in a few weeks again! 🙂 Have updated my website with some pics of my progress over there…. check it out…. www.asturias-smallholding.co.uk In the meantime, I have signed up to[…]

From doing nothing to being alive again

Well my life has changed since I started losing my last Transplant. Went so downhill, so fast. Weight just fell off me and was constantly tired. It comes to something when you ask to start Dialysis, but having been through it all before I knew what would happen if I left it till I really[…]

Blog No. 2 – The Race season!

Hi all, I haven’t had chance to blog recently, have been unwell – not kidney related!!! The usual winter coughs and colds but not clearing couldn’t seem to shake them, and then my asthma kicking off as well, only managed to get out mountain biking and hiking a couple of times for leisure rather than[…]

My name is Luke Hooper and I’m 21 years young..

Afternoon people! I’ve only recently joined this website so here’s a bit about me… My name is Luke Hooper and I’m 21 years young. I got diagnosed with Kidney failure April 2012 and went on to Haemodialysis. After nearly a year of ups and downs I was lucky enough to receive a kidney courtesy of[…]

Sam Leight – New to blogging :-)

Hi, I am new to blogging but I think the idea is absolutely fantastic… Its good to hear stories of how other people are coping and the different difficulties individuals face and how they are overcoming them… It also seems to be a brilliant way to support each other when at first we think we[…]