A booklet, Renal Medication Information Booklet (RMIB), designed to assist families and children with chronic kidney disease has taken first prize in the national Ask About Medicines Awards for Excellence.
The booklet, which was produced by Angela Lamb, Paediatric Renal Pharmacist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC), Yorkhill, came first in Category E: Medicines information for carers or non-healthcare professionals working with patients or medicine users in the awards at an awards ceremony which took place in the House of Commons earlier this summer.
Angela wrote and designed the booklet to provide information for parents and/or carers for children with chronic kidney disease. The booklet, which is easy to use and pocket size, gives clear information for parents and carers about medicines and has a section for keeping an up to date record of the patient’s medication regimen, which can change constantly.
Angela, who has worked as a Paediatric Renal Pharmacist at the RHSC for five years, was delighted her booklet was recognised by a national panel.
She said: “I was honoured to find out I had won this award.
“The booklet was an idea I had to help parents and carers cope with the constantly changing medication regimen of patients with chronic kidney disease. It grew to being a booklet which not only allowed parents and carers to keep a record of the child’s medication but also offered information and education on renal medication.
“The response we have had from parents and carers has been very positive. So much so, it has been made available renal clinics at Aberdeen Children's Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
“The booklet is now being rolled out as an initiative supported by the Scottish Paediatric Renal and Urology national managed clinical network (SPRUN) which aims to deliver better care to children and families with chronic kidney disease across Scotland.”
Roche Products Limited provided a grant to initially fund this project but Kidney Kids Scotland agreed to continue the funding allowing it to be rolled out.
Other specialities within the renal team including nursing and dietetic staff are developing information cards from within their own disciplines to be added to the RMIB providing further easy to use information for children with chronic kidney disease and their families.
Notes for Editors
Angela was unable to attend the House of Commons to collect the award but was recently presented it by Dr Jim Beattie, Medical and Renal Consultant, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill.
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