Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a long-term abnormality of the kidneys that means that your kidneys are not working as well as they once did. The severity of the disease is classified into five stages 1-5 with most people in the mild stage. If you have mild or moderate kidney disease, you are unlikely to have any symptoms and it is unlikely to progress to kidney failure.

CKD is important to identify at any stage as it increases the risk of developing heart disease or a stroke. By identifying this condition, we can give you medications to reduce this risk. If you have confirmed CKD, you will be invited by letter for a review by a Practice Nurse each year. At this check, the Practice Nurse will:

  • Discuss any symptoms that you may have
  • Check your weight, height and blood pressure
  • Take blood samples to check your kidney function, blood count, cholesterol level and sugar level
  • Check your urine for protein, so please bring a fresh urine specimen to your appointment
  • Discuss your diet, lifestyle and alcohol intake
  • Provide help with stopping smoking if applicable
  • Offer you the annual Flu vaccine