The Renal Unit at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore hosted an information stand at the main foyer on Thursday, March 8 to celebrate World Kidney Day.
Visitors to the stand were offered a salt assessment test which calculates the daily salt intake of the individual to establish if they are exceeding the recommended daily allowance. The impact of a high salt diet on well being and its health implications were then discussed with the individual.
The renal team including Brendan Reddy CNM 11 Dialysis Unit and Maria Bergstrom, CNS Renal Inpatient Coordinator was available to provide information to the general public and facilitate the salt assessment tests on the day.
In addition, Consultant Nephrologist, Frank Kelly attended the stand to give his support to World Kidney Day.
Mr Kelly joined the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore from Altnagelvin, Tyrone in 2011 where he was a Consultant Nephrologist. He has a clinical interest in acute renal failure; home dialysis methodologies and hypertension management.
Noreen Galvin, CNM 3, Renal Dialysis Unit said, “The information stand was very well attended. It is essential that we continue to bring these important public health messages to the public which will help them make informed decisions with regard to their health. Our renal team is committed to providing preventative public information initiatives.”
Mr Kelly commented, “We would call on people to be more health aware. It is great that we get the opportunity on World Kidney Day to enforce the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. It is as simple has taking account of how much salt you consume on a daily basis. The renal unit is committed to the ongoing development of patient-centred, high quality nephrology and dialysis care for the population of the midlands area.”