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World Kidney Day - Kidney health for everyone, everywhere

Becky Bonfield and Dr Kirsten ArmstrongIn this blog, advanced nurse practitioner Becky Bonfield and AKI clinical lead Dr Kirsten Armstrong talk about the excitement behind organising Southampton’s second World Kidney Day event.

World Kidney Day is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of kidney health. To celebrate, we are hosting our second educational event on Thursday, 14 March at The Botleigh Grange Hotel. Following the success of last year’s event, it has been opened up to both healthcare professionals and members of the public.

We’re very excited to announce that our 2019 event will focus on ‘kidney health for everyone, everywhere’. We’ll be covering a wide range of topics including general kidney health, diabetes and kidney disease, associated complications and treatment options. We will also be joined by patients who will be sharing their personal experiences of living with chronic kidney disease.

Your kidneys are really important for long term health. They have a major function in removing waste from the body and when they can’t do this it can make you feel quite unwell.

Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to keep your kidneys healthy such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating sensibly, exercising regularly and not smoking. You should make sure you stay well hydrated too – we recommend drinking eight glasses of water a day.

Top tip - keep an eye on the colour of your urine to help you understand how well hydrated you are.

Providing education days like this means we can increase the knowledge of our staff at UHS as well as professionals across the country.

This year we are very lucky to have some fantastic speakers.

  • Dr Rhys Evans will be talking about his work in sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges his team faced in managing patients with acute kidney injuries without a laboratory for blood tests
  • Vicky Perry joins us to talk about donating her mother’s kidneys following her sudden death.
  • Dr Mayank Patel and his team will be joining us to give an insight into diabetes management in kidney disease.
  • We’ll also be holding a Q&A session with a kidney donor who will be speaking to us about their experience in choosing to donate an organ to a complete stranger.

See the full agenda for more details.

The World Kidney Day event is going to be much bigger than last year and we can’t wait to get started. Our 2018 event was attended by over 170 people and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Running events of this size is a real team effort and we all work really hard to ensure that our guests have a great time. Most importantly – it’s fantastic to get people talking about kidneys!

Book your tickets for the 2019 event here.