General News

Complementary therapies and dialysis. A pilot study

Cancer charities throughout the UK offer complementary therapies that can be used alongside conventional medical treatments. These therapies are associated with benefits like an improved sense of wellbeing, better symptom control and an overall improvement in quality of life. However, kidney patients do not routinely have access to such treatments.

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Guy’s & St Thomas’ Kidney Patients’ Association

Research and innovation – How the KPA helped

As a young consultant in the renal unit at Guy’s Hospital, one of the challenges I faced was to build up a programme of research alongside my clinical duties. Moving from Oxford to the Guy’s renal unit in 1988, I was lucky to have colleagues who supported my research aspirations.

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Patient experience – national survey results

Patient Reported Experience Measure In the summer of 2019, 493 Guy’s kidney patients kindly completed the Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM). National survey of kidney care This is a national survey of kidney care in the UK – you may remember being asked to complete a yellow questionnaire either in

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And the winner is…

In Issue 22 of Kidney Talk, we announced the winners of our KPA Research Competition. In this article, Ms Hannah Maple, one of our two winners, describes her project and how her research will help support kidney patients’ quality of life. Mr Nicos Kessaris and I are delighted to have

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Big Conversation

Let’s have a BIG conversation!

Held in February, the Big Conversation brought together Black living kidney donors, Black kidney patients, and their friends and family to talk about living kidney donation with GSTT kidney specialists. The aim of the event was to help Black patients, who are often reluctant to talk about living donation, to

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Living Well on Dialysis

Living Well on Dialysis

In 2017 the KPA provided an innovation grant to the GSTT Chaplaincy team to help people who were having difficulty living on dialysis. The Living Well on Dialysis (LWD) programme ran for two years in the New Cross Gate unit and has now been expanded to run in both New

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World World Kidney Day – March 2020

Thank you to everyone – kidney patients, kidney staff and representatives of Kidney Care UK – who operated the World Kidney Day stand in the lobby of Guy’s Hospital in March. As kidney patients, we know that all too often the general public, and sometimes our friends and families, seem

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London Transplant Collaborativ

The London Transplant Collaborative

I have luckily not experienced kidney failure, but I suspect I would be devastated if I were on the waiting list for a kidney transplant and, after a long wait, an organ became available, yet the transplant did not proceed due to a lack of access to an operating theatre.

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The BIG Conversation Living Kidney Donation

The BIG Conversation Living Kidney Donation

First living kidney donation networking event for Black kidney patients South Bank University 18th February, 5.30-8.30 pm The Big Conversation is a patient & family engagement event that is part of the Living Transplant Initiative, a joint project between Gift of Living Donation (GOLD) and Guy’s Hospital and funded by

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