The following is where to find further information relating to articles that appeared in issue 19 of Kidney Matters.
Pages 4-5: From the front line
In the winter 2021 issue of Kidney Matters, we reported success in our long-running campaign for better transport for people on in-centre dialysis, often referred to as ‘non-emergency patient transport’. Not unlike patient transport, the next steps have felt like a very long time coming, but we can now report progress
Pages 6-7: No longer a cost of living crisis, more a cost of staying alive crisis
The cost of living crisis is forcing millions of people across the UK to make very difficult choices. But for the 3.5 million people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), particularly those with kidney failure, these choices are becoming increasingly impossible.
Pages 8-9: When there is no alternative: turning to a foodbank
As winter bites and we face unprecedented rises in the cost of paying our utility bills, purchasing fuel and putting food on our table, we know that many people with chronic kidney disease will be facing impossible choices. Do we keep warm or do we eat? Mark Richards, manager of the Trussell Trust foodbank in Exeter, talks to us about who qualifies for foodbank food parcels and how to access them.
Pages 10-13: Kidney Clinic - Protecting your kidneys with SGLT2 inhibitors: a landmark new treatment for CKD
SGLT2 inhibitors slow decline in kidney function and lower the risk of needing dialysis and transplantation. How do they work and who should be taking them?
- An article about the CREDENCE trial with dapagliflozin: Kidney Matters issue 6, summer 2019
- Information about theEMPA-KIDNEY trial
Pages 14-15: Persevering, despite the odds
As the cost of living crisis continues to get worse, the impact on the lives of those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and their families reaches crisis point. Not all patients and carers are able to work, and the financial support in place is not sufficient to meet the demands of life in 2022. Syeda is carer to her husband Waheed and a mother to their two young children.
Pages 16-17: The welcome return of the Young Adult Kidney Group Mount Cook Activity weekend
After a two-year pandemic-enforced delay, the eagerly anticipated Kidney Care UK Young Adult residential weekend resumed in September. Volunteers, support staff and 40 young people from all over the UK arrived at the Mount Cook Adventure Centre in the Peak District, many attending for the first time. One of these volunteers, Transition Clinical Nurse Specialist Emily Slatter, explains the impact the weekend had on her.
Pages 26-27: Supporting kidney patients across the UK
Kidney Care UK provides essential support to those affected by kidney disease. Services such as free counselling, individual hardship grants and crucial support from Advocacy Officers have helped patients nationwide. However, did you know that Kidney Care UK have also invested more than £9 million in Hospital Grants to improve the lives of kidney patients and their families in the UK? Here are how some of our Grants have impacted patients nationally since 2018.
Pages 32: Find out what you could be entitled to with our free Benefits Calculator
Living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) can affect your finances as well as your health. A CKD diagnosis may mean you need to stop working, or work less, and you might face new expenses because of your treatment. Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to benefits or other financial support.