Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Some of the Ospreys rugby squad visited patients at Morriston Hospital’s renal ward to support World Kidney Day. NOW WITH VIDEO
As well as meeting the many patients receiving dialysis, the visit was aimed at highlighting the importance of people getting themselves checked out for early signs of kidney problems, such as high blood pressure.
Dialysis for patients can mean four hours on a machine, three times a week. Watch a short video of their visit: Ospreys support World Kidney Day 2010
Picture: Patient Hilary Andrews with Jonathan Spratt, Alun Wyn Jones and Duncan Jones.
Hilary Andrews from Gorseinon, who has been on dialysis since January, said:
“I was very frightened of dialysis at first but when the nurses explained about what will happen and what you can do to help yourself you feel much better.
“The worst part is the not knowing what will happen in the future. All the staff are brilliant and you get lots of support”
Patient Randall Johnson, from Swansea, has been making regular trips to hospital for dialysis since November.
He said: “I can’t praise the staff enough, they are excellent. It’s great to see some of the Ospreys players today taking time to think about us.”
Picture: Mary Wilmot shares her sweets with the players.
For more information on World Kidney Day visit www.worldkidneyday