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Kidney information films

A series of four short films have been released aimed at adult patients with kidney disease.

Four short films have been released aimed at adult patients with kidney disease

A series of four short films have been released aimed at adult patients with kidney disease. The films were generously funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and were made to inform patients about the different options for managing their condition so that they can make informed choices about their treatment. They also tell patients what to expect from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ kidney service. The films feature interviews with patients and clinicians.

Film 1 – Living with early stage kidney disease

The film opens with Sue Lyon, Chair of GSTT Kidney Patients’ Association and a patient herself, introducing the series. The first film concentrates on early stage chronic kidney disease (CKD), self-management and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. A kidney consultant interviews a patient, who explains how making changes to his lifestyle has enabled him to delay the progression of his CKD.

Film 2 – Having dialysis

This film is for patients with kidney failure, who require dialysis. A renal matron explains how dialysis works and introduces the different types: haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and home dialysis. We then hear firsthand from patients about their treatment and how it fits into their lives. Some patients choose to dialyse at home and we see how this works. We see how patients are able to continue with ‘normal’ activities like going on  holiday.We then hear from a supportive care nurse who looks after palliative patients who choose not to have dialysis. 

Film 3 – Having a kidney transplant

A transplant surgeon talks about the different options for transplantation. Patients talk about their experiences and explain how having a transplant has benefitted them. A kidney transplant recipient and a donor, who are husband and wife, tell us about the kidney sharing scheme. We then hear from a recipient of a kidney from a deceased donor, and from a simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant patient.

 Film 4 – Supporting you to manage your kidney condition

In this last film Ros Tibbles, a renal nurse, interviews Sue Lyon, and they discuss the importance of taking control of your kidney condition. Other support that is available from the renal team is outlined:  a psychologist talks about common feelings associated with living with a long-term condition, and we hear from a social worker about her role.

Watch the films.