Cheshire and Merseyside Kidney Patient Information Network Q&A (CaMKIN) – COVID-19 Q&A’s

Brilliant shielding CaMKIN Q&A zoom session with the wonderful Dr Hammed Anijeet, Kidney specialists at Royal Liverpool University Hospital; here are some of the conversations Virus is spread primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Virus does not travel far which is why the current social distancing guideline…

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Managing Anxiety during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

Anxiety within the general population at present is running high, and understandably our renal dialysis community who are vulnerable and shielding may be experiencing distress as they continue to attend their renal dialysis centre or satellite unit for life saving dialysis treatments.  You may be experiencing distress around your own safety and that of others; reduced staffing levels or additional unfamiliar staff present in units or…

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Covid 19 Pandemic effects on Renal Dialysis Patients in 2020

In early March 2020 the UK was catapulted into a completely different way of living and working, no more so noticeable than in the NHS, and specifically the renal dialysis units.  Alongside the “normal” routine of three times a week dialysis was now the pressure of how to protect ourselves – patients and staff alike, from a deadly virus in an environment where physical distancing rules…

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What a difference a week makes…..

In my last blog added on 17th June I posted a feeling of exclusion, now following the latest unshielding guidance that has changed dramatically. I have been snuggled safe in a nest, I am now told from 1 August, it’s time to fledge and leave the safety of the nest (I am allowed test runs from July). But keep distancing, and actually keep the nest, and…

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Patient Transport at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust ran a payment scheme for patients and relatives for transporting patients to their dialysis sessions during the COVID-19 outbreak.  This was to try and support the local patient transport service provider to enable them to manage during the COVID-19 outbreak while incentivising patients to make a potentially safer way into hospital than a multi pick up ambulance service.  We were forecasting potentially significant numbers of COVID-19 suspected and…

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