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The hard reality of Christmas on dialysis

We visited patients and staff at the Cambridge Dialysis Centre to understand their experience of life on dialysis. They generously spoke to camera, sharing their often heartbreaking stories. Watch our 5 minute video below.

Life on dialysis is always tough, but it’s especially tough over the Christmas period.

Paul Cookson, who you met in the 5 minute video above, has been a kidney patient since he was a baby. He has had four failed transplants.

“At Christmas, it’s difficult to spend time with my sisters who live in Ashford and Hartlepool. I’ve tried to arrange dialysis there, so I can spend more than two days with my family, but there is a lack of space in UK dialysis units, and it’s hard to get a place.

At Christmas I also miss indulging in goodies like chocolate log and Christmas pudding.”

We can act now to avoid a health emergency

Our recent report, Kidney disease: a UK public health emergency predicts a dramatic increase in the number of people needing dialysis treatment in the next 10 years. If the worst predictions of the report are realised, it will create a healthcare crisis.

We can avoid the worst-case scenario, but only if we take big action today.

As a Kidney Research UK supporter, you can play an important role in creating a better future.

The front cover of the Health Economics report document
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