Pedalling to wellbeing through dialysis

Earlier this year I went to visit patients on a Renal Rehabilitation Unit in London who are using these bikes. One patient said he used to be ‘the grumpiest man on dialysis’, but now he sleeps better, is more alert and is happier overall

Sarah Gilbert, Specialist Physiotherapist in Acute Medicine Therapy Service

We all know keeping fit helps with our health and wellbeing. But for chronic kidney disease patients travelling to hospital three or four times a week to spend four hours hooked up to a haemodialysis machine, it's tough to fit the exercise they need into their routine. 

Exercise becomes even more important when you have to spend so much time sitting or lying down for treatment, and complications caused by inactivity are amplified in patients with kidney disease. Meanwhile, growing evidence suggests exercise during dialysis can even improve the effectiveness of the treatment, by increasing blood flow and removal of toxins.

Help us raise £25,000 to give kidney patients the chance to pedal through their diagnosis with a new integrated exercise program at Heeley Satellite Dialysis Unit, including:

  • three exercise bikes specially designed to fit around dialysis chairs and beds,
  • muscle strengthening equipment, and
  • a physiotherapist to fully implement and supervise the exercise programme.

Who will benefit?

Chronic kidney disease affects over 3 million people in the UK. The Sheffield Kidney Institute, part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, currently sees around 1,300 patients a year who are undergoing treatment or are awaiting a kidney transplant. Around 600 of those are being treated with dialysis both in hospital and in satellite units across the city.

The initial programme will be trialled by a group of medically suitable patients at Heeley Satellite Dialysis Unit for 12 months. If successful, it is hoped that it will then be opened up to other patients on dialysis across the Sheffield region. 

With your support, we can ensure that kidney patients in Sheffield will find it easier than ever to keep fit, active and healthy