David Coyle

David

Co-chair PAG

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David

David has been a kidney patient for over 30 years. Originally diagnosed with PKD, he has extensive experience of hospital dialysis in a number of UK hospitals and abroad. He was also a home dialysis patient for 8 years. David has had 2 kidney transplants, the last one in 2015. David is a strong advocate of patient involvement in research.


Cassandra Brzoza: Patient Advisory Member

Cassie

PAG Member

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Cassie

Cassie is a 31 year old Chronic Kidney Disease patient who received a transplant in May 2014 after being on Peritoneal and Haemodialysis. She has suffered with kidney problems since being diagnosed at 11 months old and has been under renal care for most of her life. She is now working as a free-lance graphic designer in Manchester and is passionate in helping to improve patient renal care of all ages whether it be peer patient support or patient research focused groups.


Martin Wilkie

Martin

Co-chair PAG

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Martin

Martin is a Nephrologist working at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with a particular interest in dialysis outcomes research, with a focus on patient experience of care and co-production.  Martin is co-chair of the Bistro Patent Advisory Group and clinical advisory to the group. Martin is also the the clinical lead for the Health Foundation supported Shared Haemodialysis Care programme.


Liam Howorth

Liam

PAG Member

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Liam

Liam crash landed into kidney failure in May 2016. He had been feeling ill for 18 months prior to this but it wasn't until a routine blood test, that he was rushed to A&E where he was diagnosed with kidney failure and began haemodialysis on the same day. After having a kidney biopsy, it was discovered the cause was medication he was taking for a minor bowel condition. He began his journey of discovery, finding out what it is all about and went onto the transplant waiting list. The call came in April 2017 and transplant operation went ahead. A year and a half later his new kidney is still ticking away, however still needs regular check-ups and medication tweaks but is eternally grateful to the donor and their family for the gift of secondhand life.


Michael Winfrow

Michael

PAG  Member

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Michael

Michael is a retired dialysis patient from Sheffield who has been on dialysis since 2012: 3 years as a hospital Haemodialysis patient and has been dialysing at home for the last 2 and half years. Michael is involved in explaining to medical staff and others "what self-care is" and "how it can improve the well-being and confidence of dialysis patients". Self-care is a process that encourages dialysis patients to take charge of part or all of their dialysis treatment. He also participates in Questions & Answers sessions in Sheffield with patients about to start dialysis and their carers/partners.