Latest Kidney Care Updates

News and advice to help promote self care among kidney patients

A special edition of NHS Kidney Care’s e-newsletter, Kidney Care Matters, was issued to mark Self Care Week 2011 (14 – 19 Nov). Articles include an update of the NHS Kidney Care project to implement care planning into kidney services; a campaign by NHS Lincolnshire to promote ‘community self care’ in order to reduce dehydration in the elderly, which can lead to AKI; and details of a new online network for young adult kidney patients in London and the South East, to help engage young people through peer support. There is also an article on work being carried out in Leicester to develop exercise programmes for kidney patients, and a new patient-facing advice guide, with practical tips for exercise.

Download the special edition here.

Updated interactive map shows latest dialysis centres

The dialysis centre map available through the NHS Kidney Care website has been updated, and now features the new Strategic Health Authority (SHA) cluster boundaries, as well as details of dialysis centres that have opened since the map was first launched in spring 2011. The interactive map features a postcode search facility that offers a full and up-to-date list of haemodialysis centres within an hour’s drive of a specific location, and users can also browse detailed maps for each SHA patch, which show all the main dialysis centres, satellite units, paediatric units and transplant centres. East Midlands Public Health Observatory has been commissioned by NHS Kidney Care to develop and update the map. It can be found on the NHS Kidney Care website.

New end of life kidney care guidance to help GPs

NHS Kidney Care has launched a new guide to help GPs and primary care professionals provide high quality end of life care to patients with advanced kidney disease. Developed as part of NHS Kidney Care’s End of Life Care for Advanced Kidney Disease project, the ’10 top tips’ have been written by Dr Lucy Thompson, a GP from Trowbridge Wiltshire, who sits on the project board and is also a member of the Macmillan GP Adviser Team. The tips are designed to raise awareness about the needs of kidney patients who are nearing the end of their lives, and help signpost GPs to more information where needed.

Download the10 top tips on caring for patients with advanced kidney disease at the end of life.

Deadline approaches for national dialysis capacity survey

Kidney units have until 30 November to complete their returns for the third national dialysis capacity survey. NHS Kidney Care sent out the survey to kidney care networks last month, with a census date of 31 October. The survey, which has been carried out annually since 2009, aims to capture the national profile of dialysis services across England, to help ensure that kidney services can be prioritised at a national level. Completed surveys should be returned to carl.reynolds@kidneycare.nhs.uk

The results from this survey will be available later in 2011. To view the results from the 2010 and 2009 surveys, visit the NHS Kidney Care website.