Dr Aimun Ahmed
Department: Renal Medicine
Telephone Number: 01772 524629
Primary Medical Qualification: MB BCh. Cairo - Egypt
Other Qualifications: MSc (Egypt); MRCP (UK); FRCP (Edin); MD (University of Sheffield, UK)
GMC Number: 6036598
Career History: Qualified and trained in Nephrology at Ain Shams University, Egypt (1995). Further post graduate training in Medicine and Nephrology at Hull, Leicester, and Sheffield. Undertook laboratory based research in the field of Chronic Kidney Disease progression and kidney transplantation that led to the award of MD degree from the University of Sheffield in 2008. Appointed as a renal consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2009.
Specialist Areas: Kidney Transplantation
Specialist Interests: Living kidney donation and Chronic Kidney Disease
Research Interests: Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease and kidney transplantation
Clinics: Post-transplant follow up Clinic; Live kidney donor Assessment Clinic; General Nephrology Clinic, Peritoneal dialysis clinic and Advance Kidney Care Clinic (LCC)
Languages Spoken: English, Arabic
Awards and Prizes: SN Award, World congress of Nephrology Prize, ERA-EDTA Award.
New way of displaying blood tests helps patients manage chronic conditions
Our staff are involved in a new project which helps patients manage chronic conditions.
Our renal team has been involved in this new method of displaying blood tests that helps empower patients who are suffering from chronic kidney diseases. The image displays phosphate and potassium levels – both minerals are essential for life and normally kept in the correct balance by the kidneys. Too much or too little of either can prove catastrophic, which is why people living with chronic kidney diseases need to frequently blood tests to monitor their levels.
This new visual, developed by The Creative Exchange (CX) in collaboration with the NHS Kendal Dialysis Unit, which is run by our renal staff, will, once evaluated be used to help patients understand and manage their condition, improving their daily lives and long-term wellbeing.
The new prototype interface provides a graphic and colour coded display of the results, which enables clinicians to explain blood test results to patients in a simple and straightforward manner thanks to its user-friendly design.
CX, an initiative between Lancaster University, Newcastle University and Royal College of Art and funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, supported the creation of a new method to show how blood test results are displayed. The project was initiated by PhD researcher Jeremy Davenport, after he was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease (CKD). The project was then developed in collaboration with Heather Hill (Renal Dietitian at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals) and colleagues at CX, Lancaster University, Professor Paul Coulton and Adrian Gradinar.
Jeremy realised that the way that monthly blood test results were presented, with an emphasis on numerical values, was a barrier to some patients understanding their condition and its impact on their daily live, particularly for the untrained eye of patients and their carers. He embarked on a project that began with the objective of exploring and testing different creative options for improving how data is visualised, which culminated with the new interface.
The new prototype method will be presented to undergoing patient trials over the next 12 months with the NHS Kendal Dialysis Unit, led by Heather Hill, Renal Dietician at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust. Heather said: “The prototype has already received positive feedback from renal clinicians based at Royal Preston Hospital. We believe that new ways of visualising blood test results will be of potential benefit for kidney patients and their carers. Involvement in this project has helped me to appreciate the value of using design in a health care setting. I am excited about the potential of the tool in helping me to be more effective in my role as a renal dietician. It is a new interactive way of explaining blood test results to patients and promoting discussion around the results and their direct relation to current dietary habits.”
Jeremy Davenport, lead patient and researcher of the project at The Creative Exchange said: “This project has the patient at its core. We wanted to be able to create an easy and visual way for presenting data of blood test results to patients suffering from what can be seriously debilitating conditions which need constant monitoring and have a deep impact on the quality of life for patients.
“From my personal experience, I felt it was necessary to develop a user-friendly way to show blood test results, rather than the old fashioned method which is currently being used and which only includes figures and complicated tables. In the digital world we live in today, we have an opportunity to represent data so that it is more accessible and visually appealing and engaging, with colours, shapes and designs, which is our inspiration for our prototype. Getting up to date information about medical conditions and understanding how to manage them is crucial to living with a chronic illness and by using visual aids, patients can regain some confidence and more control.”
Dr Ahmed, Renal Consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are pleased to see this project developing which will have direct benefit to patients. Clinicians' main aim is to involve their patients and empower them, this project provides a common ground where patients can easily visualise their results and discuss it with their clinicians, which will make management of their condition much easier and more understandable."
Professor Rachel Cooper, Director and Principal Investigator of CX, said: "The Kendal project provides an excellent example of how design and clinical good practice can be combined to support innovative uses of digital technology to support both patients and clinicians in a clinical context."