North East Kidney Patients Association

News items and articles relating to renal information and services

South Tees Hospital Research:
Self Testing could revolutionise patient care

Kidney Life Magazine - Spring 2021

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Further to the article by Terry Oldfield  (right), South Tees Hospital (James Cook University Hospital) Research has posted an article on their website.

Some time ago, I was very fortunate to be invited by Dr Jon Murray (Consultant Nephrologist at JCUH) to take part in a trial.

This involved taking blood and urine samples at home and using equipment which gave instant results of certain key indicators of kidney function.
The plan is that this will move forward to a situation where more patients can use the facility to cut down the number of hospital visits to the benefit of everyone concerned.

The trial is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Below is a short YouTube video featuring Dr Murray and the patients who took part in this exciting project.   It explains more and is well worth watching.

Self Testing Own Kidneys (STOK) Study
by Terry Oldfield

Pass it On Campaign - Organ Donation


The 'Pass it on' campaign by NHS Blood & Transplant aims to highlight organ donation and the law change on several different levels. From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.  A new TV advert has been launched to help with awareness and can be viewed here.

According to Kidney Research UK, more than 6,000 people are waiting for organ transplants and 90% of that number are waiting for a kidney.

The law around organ donation is changing in England. This means that from spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered an organ donor when they die unless they had recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.  This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system.

The new system will come into force in spring 2020, at least 12 months after the law is passed, to allow time for a public awareness campaign. The exact date of implementation is still to be confirmed.

In Touch Magazine - February 2021

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New Renal Dialysis Unit - Northallerton

A new renal dialysis unit is planned for the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.  Initial plans are for an eight station dialysis unit which will dialyse up to 24 patients, with a view to expanding this number in the future.

This will mean that patients from the Northallerton area will be able to dialyse at the Friarage rather than travel to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The Friends of the Friarage intend to donate £300,000 for the unit’s development work and purchase of equipment.

Dr David Reaich, consultant nephrologist, said the unit will improve patient experience for those needing dialysis.  He said,


We are thrilled to be opening a renal dialysis unit at the Friarage.  This development is great news for patients in the areas as it will mean that they will be able to receive their dialysis a lot closer to home.

Patients need to attend dialysis three times per week so this could make a huge difference to their quality of life by reducing travel time.

We are extremely grateful for the support that the Friends of the Friarage and the community continue to show for our clinically led plans to grow the range of services available at the Friarage Hospital.”


Donna Jermyn, Friends of the Friarage chairman, added:

It is really exciting that another new service is coming to the Friarage. The new unit will make such a difference to patients in this area who require dialysis.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the public who continue to support us.  Once again, we would really like the local community to get behind us and help in fundraising for the dialysis unit and future projects which will be announced in the coming months.”

Patient Involvement Group


Joanna Bates is the new Kidney Care UK  Advocacy Officer for the North East.  She is looking to set up a patient involvement group. This group will feed into the Regional Renal Network meetings and will be supported by Kidney Care UK and KQuIP (Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership). The network is currently funded by NHS England.


The Regional Renal Network covers the North East region and includes Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle and Cumbria areas. The idea behind the network is that people from the different trusts come together to pool experiences and knowledge with the aim to create best practice.


The themes discussed will be aligned to the Renal Transformation Programme at a national level but will have a localised point of view. The group will therefore be addressing strategic ideas and this will be informed importantly by your lived experiences. The group will also be able to reflect and highlight what the important themes are for patient care.


 I am looking for interested people to join this group, you will need to be a renal patient, you could be a pre dialysis patient, on a home therapy or in-centre haemodialysis, or a transplant patient. I would love to be able to represent people from all parts of the renal journey and from all sectors of our population.


If you are interested please email me on or telephone me on 01420 557 256