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A FORMER kidney transplant affected person is urging individuals with kidney illness and different long-term well being situations to verify they get precedence if there are issues with their water provide.
Rob Barber is a Thames Water engineer, accountable for sustaining and fixing the corporate’s clear water community.
He was recognized with renal failure ensuing from hyperparathyroidism 5 years in the past, simply earlier than his daughter’s first birthday. The Carterton father-of-two was handled at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital, visiting the renal unit 3 times per week for dialysis earlier than receiving a brand new kidney from a residing donor in February 2018.
Mr Barber, who has labored at Thames Water for 2 years, is now utilizing his second probability to encourage prospects who’re residing with long-term well being situations corresponding to him to hitch the corporate’s free Precedence Providers Register. It’s a safe database of consumers who would wrestle to get by if their house’s water provide was disrupted.
In such circumstances, precedence service prospects are contacted by Thames Water’s care group for bottled water deliveries on to their properties if they’re unable to get to a set hub.
The system additionally provides them superior warning of deliberate work which can threat an interruption to their water provide.
Mr Barber stated: “I understand how necessary entry to scrub water is for individuals residing with kidney illness.
“Even with my transplant, I’ll all the time be an outpatient as kidney illness doesn’t go away and it’s necessary that individuals with these sicknesses know what assist is obtainable to them – Thames Water has a devoted service which might help them.”
Individuals residing with kidney illness are a key precedence for Thames Water as many want entry to water for house dialysis, however the register can also be open to a variety of individuals together with these with mobility issues, persistent sicknesses, metallic well being situations, in addition to dad and mom with younger kids and pensioners.
The corporate has partnered with the Renal Affiliation, who present skilled management and recommendation to the NHS and well being system leaders within the UK.
Olivia Johnson, vulnerability partnerships supervisor at Thames Water, stated: “We offer life’s important service and we intention to maintain faucets flowing day by day of the yr however generally when issues go fallacious, it helps to have additional assist measures in place for our prospects who want it most.
“Supporting prospects residing with kidney illness is a vital a part of our work and we’re partnering with the Renal Affiliation and native NHS trusts so we assist elevate consciousness of the precedence providers register and encourage individuals residing with kidney illness to enroll.”
Ron Cullen, chief government of the Renal Affiliation, added: “We’re glad to have been capable of associate with Thames Water of their proactive method to assist individuals residing with kidney illness and enhance the providers accessible to them.
Individuals can discover out in the event that they qualify for the Precedence Providers Register and join by way of the Thames Water web site or calling 0800 009 3652.
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