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Mayor of Salford Karen Garrido presents donation to Renal Unit
Irene Chambers (Kidneys for Life), Professor Phil Kalra, Salford Ceremonial Mayor Karen Garrido and her husband and consort Robin Garrido, Mayoress Beryl Henson and Tracey Murphy, Assistant Director of Nursing

Salford’s Mayor presents donation to Salford Royal Renal Unit

The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Karen Garrido, presented a donation cheque to Kidneys for Life at Salford Royal’s Renal Services on 13 April.

During her term of office, the Mayor is supporting Kidneys for Life, which covers both Salford Royal and Manchester Royal Hospitals. The charity’s main aim is to fund research into kidney disease, transplantation and dialysis. In addition they also provide patient amenities and medical equipment that the NHS would not normally provide.

The £11,000 donation was accepted by Professor Phil Kalra who represents Salford Royal at the Kidneys for Life member’s board, Professor Kalra said, “We’re very grateful to the Mayor for this fantastic donation which will help make life that little bit more comfortable for many patients across Salford.”

Some of the mayor’s donation will be used to supply 'Fistula Bags' for dialysis patients. These bags are given to every dialysis patient in Salford and Manchester and contain various helpful items, such as a wristband to be worn on the arm used for dialysis, which warns healthcare workers in an emergency situation that there is no blood pressure in that arm.

The majority of the donation will go towards providing reclining chairs for Salford Royal’s Renal ward H3.  The chairs recline to bed height allowing relatives to sleep next to their loved ones, something which the service knows is very important to patients and their families. 

Vicki Tipper, Senior Manager of Renal Services, said, “The idea for chairs that recline to bed height was first suggested by the family of one of our patients who recently passed away. I have told the family about the Mayor’s donation and they are overjoyed that their idea has been used to make hospital stays a little bit more comfortable for our other patients and their relatives.”

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Cheque presentation by Mayor of Salford to Renal Unit
Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Karen Garrido, presents £11,000 donation cheque to the Renal Unit