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A RENAL specialist has welcomed national guidelines to prevent a kidney problem.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence yesterday said hospitals should do more to spot-check vulnerable patients for acute kidney injury (AKI).

AKI is the rapid loss of kidney function.

Uniacke Mark, renal consultant and AKI specialist at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, said high standards are already practised in Portsmouth.

QA sees around 132,000 patients each year.

He said: ‘Vulnerable people are those who have kidney problems, diabetes, or suffer from heart problems.

‘In QA we are lucky we have a regional kidney unit.

‘About five per cent of all patients seen at QA will develop AKI here.

‘The key measure is having a blood test.

‘Those patients in acute medical or surgical units will have the blood test.

‘People should also talk to their GPs about what they can do to prevent it.

‘It’s different for each person and your GP can advise.’