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Screening pilot scheme launched to fight kidney disease

PUBLISHED: 20:44 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 October 2010

A NATIONAL screening programme to detect chronic kidney disease is being launched in the East End with a pilot project on Saturday (September 6). The first screenings take place at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and is being repeated on the nine following Saturdays, targeting those at risk’ such as anyone with relatives who have kidney disease—and ethnic groups including south Asian. The screening programme is going nationwide if the Whitechapel pilot’ proves successful

Mike Brooke

A NATIONAL screening programme to detect chronic kidney disease is being launched in the East End with a pilot project on Saturday (September 6).

The first screenings take place at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and is being repeated on the nine following Saturdays, targeting those at risk’ such as anyone with relatives who have kidney disease—and certain ethnic groups including southern Asian.

The screening programme is going nationwide if the Whitechapel pilot’ proves successful.

It is being launched because of the spread of the disease, now hitting around three million people in Britain—many being unaware of the condition.

Identifying the disease is easy, but often goes undetected as sufferers usually display no symptoms.

Doctors say people with a family history of the disease, or those with high blood pressure (hypertension) have a higher risk of developing it.

Some ethnic groups at risk are Black, Afro-Caribbean and southern Asian.

But early detection can have a significant impact on the outcome, they point out.

Changes in lifestyle and diet can slow down the progression of the disease, delaying the need for dialysis or transplantation.

Saturday’s first Community screening at the Royal London is part of a national pilot at four hospitals up and down the country aimed at checking up to 2,000 people.

The Royal London’s Professor of Renal Medicine, Prof Magdi Yaqoob, said: “We want to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease among high-risk groups and are asking anyone who has a close relative with kidney disease to come and be assessed. There is no substitute for early diagnosis and intervention.”

Anyone wanting to be screened can book a 45-minute appointment by calling the Renal Outpatient Department directly on 020-7377 7236. Patients have their height, weight and blood pressure checked and are asked for blood and urine samples.

More information for anyone who thinks they could be at risk is available from the Kidney Health Information Line on 0845-3001499, or online at:

www.kidneyresearchuk.org

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