Mornington Peninsula residents offered free Kidney Health checks
13 May 2015
On Thursday 28th May, Mornington Peninsula residents can take advantage of free kidney health checks during National Kidney Health week at Beleura Private Hospital, Mornington.
According to Kidney Health Australia, kidney related disease currently affects an estimated 1.7 million Australians, with 56 people per day dying of kidney related disease.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the most common causes of kidney disease. One in three adults is at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is often referred to as a ‘silent killer’ as up to 90% of kidney function can be lost before an individual experiences any symptoms.
Kidney disease usually goes undetected, with the disease causing damage for many years before being diagnosed. Without early intervention, kidney disease can progress to end stage renal disease. This is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant.
Renal Physician, Dr Alinda Chiu together with her renal team, has organised kidney health screening during Kidney Week at Beleura Private hospital to help raise awareness of kidney disease. “It is so important to help raise awareness about kidney disease in the community. The good news is that with early intervention, the progression of kidney disease can usually be slowed and in some cases, even prevented entirely. That's the whole idea behind the Beleura Kidney Health Checks” says Dr Chiu.
The assessment only takes a few minutes and is carried out by a registered nurse, with results available immediately. Participants must be over the age of 18 to participate. Residents wishing to attend do not need to fast or make a reservation. Checks will be conducted on a first come, first served basis throughout the day. Educational materials about kidney disease will also be available.
Free Kidney Health Checks @ Beleura Private Hospital
925 Nepean Hwy Mornington
Thursday 28th May 2015
9am – 5pm
(Free onsite parking available)