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World kidney day – meet Finley and the team who looks after him

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11 March 2021

Sheffield Children’s is recognising world kidney day and sharing useful information about kidneys, the team which supports our patients and a story from a current patient receiving care.

Kidneys are really important to overall health. They:

  • Remove waste products and extra water that your body doesn’t need
  • Help control your blood pressure
  • Activate your vitamin D which is important for good bone health

How can you keep your kidney’s healthy?

  • Drink plenty of water to keep you well hydrated
  • Try to control the amount of salt in your diet

The Nephrology Team at Sheffield Children’s

The Nephrology (study of kidneys) team, is made up of a dedicated nephrologist, a consultant paediatrician with a specialist interest in nephrology, a renal nurse specialist and a specialist renal dietician. The team work together to support patients who have problems with their kidneys.

Their care includes specialist medication, helping patients design specific diets and supporting patients with chronic kidney disease and other similar conditions.

Meet the team:

  • Dr Grace Ehidiamhen, Consultant Paediatrician with a Special Interest in Nephrology
  • Dr Andy Lunn, Consultant Nephrologist (works jointly at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust)
  • Frankie Trench, Renal Nurse Specialist
  • Hayley Downes, Secretary for Dr Grace
  • Eleanor Tidswell, Specialist Renal Dietitian

Finley’s care

Meet Finley from Sheffield, who recently had a short stay with us.Finley and staff at Sheffield Childrens

On World Kidney Day, we would like to tell you a little bit about the care he has received under the Renal team at Sheffield Children’s.

His mum, Jennie said: “Finley had been sick in the summer of 2019 so we took him to our GP, where they thought it could be something viral or hay fever. At home though, he went to the toilet and the water was pink.”

Finley was then taken to our Emergency Department (ED), because of abdominal pain and blood in his urine. He was found to have renal dysfunction and is currently dialysis dependent.

As part of his care, Finley worked with the Renal team to create a new diet.

Jennie said: “Dr Grace and Eleanor in the team were really good for us. They worked out what he could and couldn’t eat. This started with low salt alternatives but soon introduced low potassium and low phosphate options.”

At his recent visit, Finley had his central line – which is used for dialysis – flushed as well as having a blood test.

Jennie added: “It was different with the COVID-19 changes. For instance you’re asked questions when you arrive, but the changes are well thought out.

“My advice for other parents would be to never stop asking questions. I knew nothing about kidneys but we were given a lot of information – and try and stick to the diet too.”

Thank you for sharing your story Finley!

Learning about kidneys

Teachers at Becton School, the dedicated teaching team at the hospital, have put together a short video all about kidneys, how they work and how to look after them:

As part of science week, the Becton School team have supported the renal team by providing education sessions around kidneys to current inpatients across the hospital. Thank you!

What do kidneys look like?

As part of the world kidney day awareness raising the play team have provided models of kidneys for patients to decorate, and learn more about kidneys!

Here are some fantastically decorated kidneys:

World Kidney Day artwork





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