Hull Royal Infirmary opens kidney unit


Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A new kidney unit at Hull Royal Infirmary is to help thousands of patients.

The specialist unit, which was opened on March 12 to coincide with World Kidney Day, will treat around 2,000 people every year across East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire who have acute kidney injuries or experience complications caused by kidney failure.

Kidney disease is a silent killer as people often do not know they have it until it is too late, so regular screening is vital.

Tiredness, swollen ankles, feet or hands, shortness of breath, nausea and blood in the urine are all symptoms of advanced kidney disease, while high blood pressure is closely linked to problems with kidneys.

People can reduce their risk of kidney problems by cutting down the amount of salt in their diet, leading an active lifestyle and eating healthily. Stopping smoking can also help, as it is as bad for the kidneys as for the heart and lungs.

The new Hull Kidney Unit is based in the former ward 50 at Hull Royal Infirmary. Patients who come into hospital with kidney problems will receive bedside dialysis instead of having to go to a designated side room.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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