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Up, Up and Away for World Kidney Day

To mark World Kidney Day patents and staff at Manchester Royal Infirmary will be gathered together to witness the release of 491 balloons this Thursday. The 491 balloons represent each patient who is currently on the kidney transplant waiting list in the North West. World Kidney Day, now in its third year, is all about raising awareness of Chronic Kidney Disease and the importance of our kidneys. Ken Collins, the Directorate Manager for Renal Services says: “The department wanted to take part in World Kidney Day and we think that this is a great idea to launch the balloons to represent the patients on the waiting list here in the North West. At the Manchester Royal Infirmary we undertake nearly 200 renal transplants each year. We currently have 484 patients receiving renal replacement therapy (dialysis).” Over 3 million people face Chronic Kidney Disease in the UK today and this number is expected to rise over the next 10 years. Around 13,000 people are killed by this disease in this country each year. Kidney disease is often ‘silent’ causing few symptoms, especially in the early stages. If left unchecked the disease can progress or lead to kidney failure. If kidney disease is detected early, appropriate treatment can delay or even stop Chronic Kidney Disease. If you have any of the following signs you should see your GP: Darkness or redness of the urine; Urine that has an offensive odour; Urine that looks very foamy. Make your decision about organ and tissue donation - Tell your relatives and close friends - Register at www.uktransplant.org.uk or phone 0845 60 60 400