After covid-19's forced stoppage, the School for Patients with Kidney Disease (SPSK) is now back at Poniente University Hospital.
This piece of news is as important as it should be. It allows patients to get in touch with one another and resolve any doubts.
It is because patients with kidney disease, who have been in the Andalusian School for Public Health training, can now act as teachers and train their peers. They have the support and guidance of the Nephrology Unit at the hospital.
The School for Patients was created in this manner as a place for information and sharing of experiences. Its ultimate goal is to improve quality of life for people living with kidney disease. They can also share their experiences and the challenges they face in daily life with others who are in the same position.
This school was established by the Poniente University Hospital in 2019. However, covid-19 soon after its launch forced it to be suspended. This round featured fifteen patients. Some were newly diagnosed while others are undergoing renal replacement therapy or have received a transplant. There were also relatives who took part in the two training sessions. The contents included food, exercise, rest and care, as well as social relationships. Participants learn how to break the cycle by using positive thinking and creating an action plan.