Join a Web Chat on World Kidney Day

Chat to leading transplant surgeon Mr Vassilios Papalois

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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is inviting local people with questions about kidney diseases and transplants to take part in an live online web chat on Thursday March 14 - World Kidney Day.

During the chat, running from 12pm to 1pm, they will have the chance to talk with leading renal transplant surgeon Mr Vassilios Papalois and Hammersmith Hospital patient Jason Kidd.

This is your chance to ask Mr Papalois any questions you might have about kidney disease, transplant and dialysis and learn about our renal services and charity, the Imperial Kidney Fund.

Jason will answer questions about living with kidney disease and share his experience of going through a transplant.

Everyone is invited to submit questions related to kidney health, and all questions can be submitted anonymously. Be sure to have your questions ready and log onto the web chat website

A link to start submitting questions will be available at least an hour before the chat. You can also tweet your questions to @ImperialNHS and use the hashtag #KidneyDay.

The web chat is being held on World Kidney Day, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy kidney and will focus this year on acute kidney injury (a rapid loss of kidney function).

Mr Papalois is an internationally-renowned transplant surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital – one of the biggest centres for living kidney donation in Europe where more than 1,000 transplants have been successfully performed since the Renal and Transplant Centre opened in 2005.

Jason, a marketing and advertising executive from Ealing, had a kidney transplant at Hammersmith Hospital in 2011 after his wife Cathy donated one of her kidneys. He had been diagnosed with kidney reflux, which leads to renal failure, and it was decided he should undergo a pre-emptive kidney transplant (a transplant given before the patient needs dialysis).

Jason, who has two young children, now leads a very active life. He is involved in the West London Kidney Patients’ Association and attends bi-monthly seminars for kidney patients at Hammersmith Hospital.

" Having the transplant has been life-changing," he says." I've returned to doing lots of sport, such as swimming and golf, and enjoying family life. I want to give something back as I’ve had such excellent care at Hammersmith Hospital and I’d welcome all sorts of questions from patients."

You can find out more about our renal services here.

The Imperial Kidney Fund is a sub-fund of Imperial College Healthcare Charity, supporting the Trust’s three hospitals (St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith) and caring for renal patients in 13 hospitals across West London.

Donations can be made at the fund's Just Giving page or sent to Imperial Kidney Fund, Hammersmith House, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS.


February 26, 2013