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Review of London kidney teams’ response to COVID-19, March-June 2020

The ‘Kidney Care in London – Reflections on Managing COVID-19’ virtual webinar took place on July 1st. It was a collaboration with the North London Kidney Advisory Group and the South London Renal Clinical Alliance. It was a huge success with over 180 people participating via MS Teams, reviewing the response of renal teams across London to the first surge of COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Read the summary report here. The…

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National Kidney Patient Experience Measure 2020: Online survey goes live from 1st October 2020

The annual, national Kidney Patient Reported Experience Measure (Kidney PREM) is open to NHS kidney patients in the United Kingdom for six weeks from 1st October – 12th November. 2020 is the fourth year of the validated Kidney PREM and for the first time, it has gone fully digital. You can take part in the National Kidney Patient Experience survey from the 1st October by following the link…

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Peer Phone Buddies for Black Kidney Patients

Gift of Living Donation (GOLD) is launching Peer Phone Buddies, a new scheme during Organ Donation Week in response to Covid 19 to support black kidney patients and their loved ones who wish to know more about living kidney donation. The scheme will help AKCC, Low Clearance Nurses and Living Donor Co-ordinators to support black patients with CKD. GOLD advocates for Transplant First and early conversations…

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How COVID-19 has transformed blood tests in my area, Mark, transplant patient, UK

Booking blood tests pre-COVID For transplant patients, it has always been a bit back to front at my unit – you’d go to your transplant clinic, be given your blood cards, and then have a review of your previous blood results with the consultant.  After your appointment, you’d go and get your bloods done.  You’d then be waiting nervously for 24 hours before the results went…

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Mobile blood testing service

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Dr Kate Bramham, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist In order to reduce the need for patients to visit hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, we set up a mobile phlebotomy service for kidney patients at Kings. We initially contacted a local church charity who used medical vans for their work with homeless people, and they offered us the use…

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