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Over 120 people get their blood pressure checked as part of World Kidney Day

08 March 2018

Health Care

Thursday 8 March is World Kidney Day and staff at Southend University Hospital were out in force raising awareness of the importance of kidneys to our overall health, helping to reduce the number and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems.

Medical Matron Kelly Moore and her team manned an exhibition stand, offering practical advice and also giving free blood pressure and blood sugar checks.

She said: "We've had a fantastic response from both staff and patients and seen over 120 people, it's been really positive and we were also able to advise a few people with higher than expected blood pressure readings to go and see their GPs.

"As well as World Kidney Day helping us highlight that high blood pressure and diabetes are key risk factors in Chronic Kidney Disease, it has also given us the opportunity to discuss other ways of promoting health with staff and visitors. This included healthy eating with a dietician and also disease prevention with a diabetes nurse."