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Kidney Beam - Exciting New Online Platform For All Patients

Today (9th July 2020) is the launch of Kidney Beam, a new, free, online platform for all kidney patients, offering movement, fitness, physical and emotional wellbeing sessions, designed especially for people living with kidney disease. 

  

A broad team of practitioners led by Sharlene Greenwood from King’s College Hospital have developed the programme. Kidney Beam has a choice of live and on-demand classes led by NHS kidney professionals and other qualified instructors, some who are themselves living with kidney disease.

Kidney Research UK are funding a six-month pilot to establish the activity and to develop the classes and sessions using participant feedback to adapt and enhance the offering. We want Kidney Beam to be sustained in the long term as a free resource for kidney patients at every stage of their health condition.

I am writing today to ask if you can help us spread the word – we want to get as many people as possible living with kidney disease involved in shaping the new Kidney Beam platform.  

What is Kidney Beam ?

Kidney Beam has broad appeal – it’s aimed at anyone over 16, with any ability, any kidney condition, and at any stage of kidney disease. Family and carers can join in too. 

All classes have a fitness rating so users can choose the right one for them. At the beginning and end of the classes people can chat to each other and the instructors, and building new friendships can help motivation. 

Helping people through lockdown and beyond 

Here’s a word from Sharlene Greenwood, consultant physiotherapist in renal and exercise rehabilitation at King’s College Hospital who leads the team that has brought the project together: 

“During lockdown I became increasingly worried about my patients with kidney disease who were shielding at home. There were real concerns about physical and mental wellbeing, and many patients reported missing coming to our renal rehab classes that we offer at King’s College Hospital, and having that interaction with people. Kidney Beam is an excellent opportunity to bring something novel and exciting to the kidney community at a time when it is most needed.” 

Give it a try 

I am writing today to ask…  

  • If you are living with kidney disease, sign up! You can browse through the classes and videos to find those that suit you, and there’s no cost involved 

  • If you are a friend or family member of a patient, you are also welcome and please talk to your loved ones about giving it a try 

  • Spread the word, let anyone you think might be interested hear about this amazing resource! 

  • Please give us your feedback – tell us what you think so we can shape the platform to help even more people in future. 

 

Find out more

I look forward to seeing more and more people join in the Kidney Beam experience. The more people who join, the more evidence we will have to help secure the platform’s future to benefit all. 

Best wishes 

Sandra Currie 
Chief Executive