On the road to better health

TWO charities have joined forces to raise awareness of a “silent killer”.

Hartlepool Families First’s HealthBus is supporting World Kidney Day on Thursday in a bid help spread the word about kidney disease and highlight the risks associated with it.

A representative from Kidney Research UK will be on board the bus along with staff from the Hartlepool charity.

Residents are being encouraged to go along where a member of the kidney charity’s research team will be be present to give out information and answer questions.

HealthBus nurse, Eileen Amerigo said: “We are very pleased to be working alongside Kidney Research UK to spread the word about kidney disease.

“It’s especially important to have regular health check ups as unlike other conditions kidney disease has no signs or symptoms until the disease is advanced.

“Left untreated high blood pressure can cause kidney disease, so it’s important to pay regular visits to the HealthBus where people can have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis.

“Kidney diseases are increasingly common and the number of people needing kidney transplants is continuing to increase.”

Emma Collins, Fundraising Manager of Kidney Research UK, said: “Kidney disease can affect anyone at any age.

“It’s vital for people to find out how to stay healthy and take good care of their kidneys as you never know when it could affect you.”

Chronic kidney diseases are often incurable and can leave patients needing constant care.

The illness can affect anyone at any age and is often referred to as the silent killer because it presents few symptoms until the disease is advanced.

The HealthBus will be at Fens shops from 10am until noon on Thursday.

People can also visit the HealthBus five days a week at various venues across Hartlepool.

Staff offer free lifestyle advice to tackle such health conditions as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

To find out the HealthBus timetable visit www.healthbus.co.uk.

To find out more about Kidney Research UK visit www.kidneyresearchuk.co.uk