World Kidney Day event to be held Thursday

Winchester Medical Center will host the 10th annual World Kidney Day event on Thursday with free screenings and presentations by kidney specialists.

The event is a free community education and awareness event at the WMC Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone 18 and older.

Angela Lambert, clinical nurse manager at WMC, said it’s an opportunity for the hospital to engage with the community and get the information out to the public as kidney disease is often referred to as a “silent disease.”

She added that she hopes those who attend “share this information with family and friends” and help raise awareness about kidneys and prevention methods.

The event will feature exhibits and information on kidney health, prevention, detection and treatment options of chronic kidney disease from pharmacists and dieticians. Free screenings will be offered, which include blood and urine testing. These screenings will only be available to the first 200 people.

She said after the testing, everyone will sit down with a nurse to go over the results. The nurse will explain what may need to be done to prevent kidney damage.

High blood pressure and diabetes are the main causes of chronic kidney disease, she said, but living a healthy lifestyle can decrease the likelihood of developing the disease.

Archana Shyamsunder, a nephrologist on the attending staff at WMC, will speak at noon.

Last year the turnout was about 130 people, which Lambert said was lower than in previous years.

“We’re hoping for greater numbers this year,” she said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or