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Experts on hand to check out your kidneys!

The team photographed on World Kidney Day last year

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People across Merseyside and West Lancashire will have an opportunity to have their kidneys checked at Southport hospital on 12 April.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is celebrating World Kidney Day by hosting an information and awareness stand at Southport hospital on Thursday, 12 April, 2018 between 10am to 4pm.

The stand is being represented by Doctor Raza and Doctor Wong from the Trust’s Nephrology (kidney) department along with the Southport Kidney Fund, who provide assistance to all patients with kidney failure within Southport. The theme of this year’s stand is kidney ‘disease and obesity’.

Ann Glover, Chair of Southport Kidney Fund, said: “’We decided to do our bit for World Kidney day because kidney failure is life changing for both the patient and those around them.

“Southport Kidney Fund is a charity run by patients and carers for other local patients, adults and children, who are pre-dialysis, on dialysis or transplanted. I was on dialysis for nearly seven years while waiting for a transplant.

“Then 12 years ago my son gave me a kidney for which I can never repay him. The transplant has freed me from dialysis and prolonged my life but I still have a lot of health difficulties. Life is never the same after kidney failure. We need to raise awareness of this life threatening problem.”

Dr Hasnain Raza, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist at the Trust, added: “Kidney disease is common, affecting more than three million people in the UK. However, it can go undetected as people often have no symptoms.

“People with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, who are overweight or have a family history of kidney disease and those from certain ethnic groups, have a higher risk of developing kidney disease.

“The good news is that depending on the problem, early detection, changes in lifestyle – including having more exercise – and a healthy diet can often slow down the progression of the disease, delaying the possible need for dialysis or transplantation.”

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