Public Invited to Hospital on 8 March to Learn About Kidney Disease

Bermuda Hospitals Board is highlighting kidney disease this week by inviting the community to stop by the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) lobby on World Kidney Day, 8 March between 9:00am to 3:00pm. Nurses from the Dialysis Unit will be available to discuss the prevention and treatment of kidney disease. A lobby display and information booth have been set up for the week.

Kidneys play a vital role in maintaining optimal health and because renal disease is a major risk for heart disease, educating communities about prevention can contribute to lower rates of cardiovascular disease, which remains the number one cause of death worldwide.

Norma Smith, BHB Clinical Director of Outpatient Services, said: “We are encouraging members of the public to engage in preventive behaviours that will hopefully lower the overall incidence of kidney disease in our community. Our lobby display and information booth will improve awareness of renal disease risk factors, provide information about its early detection and explain how close monitoring can slow its progression. We urge all medical professionals in Bermuda to take an active role in detecting and reducing the risk of chronic kidney disease, particularly in high risk populations.”

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