NKF Patients' Conference 2015
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th October 2015 at The Hilton Hotel, Reading.
Enjoy this summer sunshine because before we know it it will be October and time for THE kidney patient’s event of the Year; the NKF Annual Patients’ Conference. And this year we move further south to Reading to enjoy the Hilton Hotel and the beautiful surrounding Berkshire countryside and a short distance from the hotel, all that Reading has to offer.
Every year this conference attracts the very best, knowledgeable and highly respected speakers who want to share with us up-to-the-minute news on developments in our care and wellbeing. This year is no exception. We are delighted to be able to announce that, in keeping with our ‘Living Life to the Full’ conference theme, we will have Dr Jyoti Baharani from Heartlands Hospital to talk about pre-dialysis care, Fergus Caskey on how we benefit from the Renal Registry, Zandria Richards on fluid management whilst on dialysis, Andy Eddy from Transplant Sport on the benefits of exercise, young patient speakers on what they want from our care system..and the NKF, and then Lawrence Keogh returns to talk us through some ‘renal diet compatible’ alternatives to junk food. Delegates at this conference always have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and to debate current issues affecting our lives.
We do urge you to share this exceptional weekend with us. It is the ONE chance in a year that we are offered the opportunity to stay in a lovely hotel
– the hotel has a gym and pool too – and mix with fellow kidney patients and their family and friends for an entire weekend. Activities commence Friday
evening with a quiz evening, then a packed whole day conference and Gala dinner on Saturday
and finishing on Sunday morning with a Council Meeting and Open Forum.
A variety of packages is available (see back page for booking form and details of cost). If you plan to join us for the whole weekend, the rate includes all breakfasts, lunch and Gala dinner on Saturday, your room and access to the hotel’s leisure facilities, the day conference with coffees, teas and snacks and access to a display suite in which KPAs and associated support services – holiday dialysis firms, companies developing new dialysis technology and equipment, partner charities – display their wares and have experienced representatives to talk to you, and, of course the NKF Advocacy and Helpline Team will all be there too to answer your questions.
If you wish to enjoy the area surrounding the hotel during the day Friday or Sunday, Reading town centre has one of the top 10 shopping centres in Britain with many canal side bistros and cafes serving excellent food and drink. If shopping doesn’t tick your box, the beautiful Victorian Forbury Gardens leading to the ruins of Reading Abbey; ancient monument and burial place of King Henry 1 are close by too as is the towpath along the famous Avon and Kennet Canal.
If funding this weekend proves difficult for you, you may find your local KPA is able to help. KPAs are keen for as many of their members to attend as possible. The hotel is a short taxi ride from Reading Station and there is ample parking in the hotel grounds for those wishing to drive. Dialysis rooms will be available for those requiring them.
Please call NKF Helpline if you have any queries.
To book your place at this popular event please complete the form on the backpage of this issue of Kidney Life or go to http://booking.kidney.org.uk