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News from the Kidney Services at Guy's and King's

Dialysis Demolition Day

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Dialysis machine sculpture outside St Thomas' Hospital

Aug 5, 2009 / D Gane

Defunct dialysis machines were turned into works of art on World Kidney Day as part of a publicity drive to encourage people to join the organ donor list.

A group of artists demolished the old machines and pieced them back together using angle grinders and welders, and the result wasa figure reminiscent of the robot from 1980s film Short Circuit.

Members of the Guy´s and St Thomas' Kidney Patients Association (GSTTKPA) organised the event using two non-operational dialysis machines donated by the renal department.

Dr Donal O´Donoghue, the National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, watched the sculptures evolve before attending a World Kidney Day reception at the Houses of Parliament. He was thrilled with the event and said: "Thousands depend on dialysis machines to keep them alive, but many would have their lives transformed by a transplant. It´s imperative we do all we can to reduce the list."

There are more than 8,000 people in the UK in need of an organ donor, and last year more than 500 people died waiting.

If you would like to know more, or to sign up to the register, go to www.uktransplant.org.uk or call 0845 6060 400.