To serve the renal community at such a critical time, the European Renal Association - European Dialysis & Transplant Association (ETA-EDTA) Council has created a special section on the ERA-EDTA web site with up-to-date information and resources pertaining to this global pandemic.
Dr Siobhan McHale, Consultant Renal Transplant Psychiatrist, discusses looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Colm Magee, Consultant Nephrologist and Kidney Transplant Physician at Beaumont Hospital, answers questions about COVID-19 and the risks to Kidney and Transplant patients.
Professor George Mellotte, National Clinical Lead, HSE National Renal Office and Consultant Nephrologist at St. James' & Tallaght University Hospitals, talks about COVID-19 in relation to dialysis in Ireland.
If you're at very high risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), you are advised to cocoon. This group includes Dialysis and Transplant patients. You should stay at home as much as possible and avoid physical contact with other people. Click to view the HSE's updated guidelines.
Barbara Gillman, Irene Cronin and Oonagh Smith, Clinical Specialist Dietitians in Renal Medicine have developed 2 resources:
-Advice for those with Chronic Kidney Disease, End Stage Kidney Disease (on dialysis) and Renal Transplants to reduce the risk of getting COVID–19 and ways to keep yourself from getting admitted to hospital at this critical time.
-Eating on Dialysis Days.
Local authorities have set up community supports to help people who are cocooning or self-isolating during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. A number of other initiatives have also been set up to help people who are affected by measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
This document lists the contact details for services that you might need over the coming weeks. It will be updated regularly as more services are set up.