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Pop-up stand for World Kidney Day

21 March 2019

The Renal Unit manned a colourful pop-up stand in the old main entrance as part of World Kidney Day on Thursday 14 March.

Staff, donning World Kidney Day t-shirts, took both patients' and staff blood glucose and blood pressure and saw 120 people on the day. The aim was to promote healthy kidneys and the prevention of kidney problems.

Kidneys are essential to our health and one of the most important organs in the body. Although anyone can develop kidney disease, there are a few things that can increase your risk - diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a family history of heart disease.

You can help to improve your kidney health by keeping fit and active, monitor your blood pressure, don't smoke, eat healthily and keep your weight in check and keep well hydrated.

Lis McNally, Renal Unit Manager, said: "Many people who we tested needed to go to their own GP or practice nurse for a check-up. Many kidney problems can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment, so it was good to bring awareness to those we saw and spread the word to their friends and family. I'm very proud of my team and colleagues."