Spread the word on kidney checks

Spread the word on kidney checks

We’re campaigning to make sure that everyone with diabetes gets their kidneys checked annually.

Why urine tests are important.

A urine test to check your kidneys is one of your 15 Healthcare Essentials. You should receive this every year as part of your regular diabetes care.

The urine test is important because people with diabetes are at increased risk of kidney problems. The test checks for protein in your urine – a sign that your kidneys might not be functioning properly – and should be carried out as well as your annual kidney blood test. They’re both very important.

Take Action

We want to make sure everyone is getting the checks they need. Here are some ways you can get involved and help us spread the word:

 With your GP surgery

  • Ask your GP surgery or pharmacy to keep a stock of the leaflets and hand out to other people living with diabetes. To request copies of the leaflet email diabetesvoices@diabetes.org.uk or call 0207 424 1008.
  • If you’re on a Patient Participation Group (PPG) at your GP surgery or have a good relationship with the Practice Manager, you can help support the campaign. Ask how many people with diabetes in the practice got their urine checked in the last year and what can be done to make sure more people are getting this vital check.

Using social media

  • If you use Twitter or Facebook, you can post messages about how you have taken action to support the campaign. Have a look at Diabetes UK’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and like, share and re-tweet our campaign messages.

Tell us how you’ve taken action

We want to know what’s happening where you live and how you’ve made a difference.  Contact us at diabetesvoices@diabetes.org.uk or call 020 7424 1008.

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