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7th November 2023

‘I feel like I’ve got my life back’ – new research improves quality of life for patients with overnight dialysis

A new research trial is underway at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor aimed at improving the quality of life for adults with kidney disease by conducting overnight dialysis.

The Nightlife Study is a clinical trial assessing if overnight dialysis will improve the quality of life of people with kidney failure compared to those who have shorter dialysis sessions during the day.

Dr Nicola Williams, National Director of Support and Delivery at Health and Care Research Wales, said: “This study is a great example of research being part of the patient treatment journey and it would not be possible without the crucial roles of the clinical research delivery staff and specialist practitioners.”

Six patients, five male and one female, are taking part and are already feeling the benefits. All six are now having their dialysis for eight hours, three times a week instead of four hours, three times a week.

Dr Abdulfattah Alejmi, Consultant Nephrologist at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, says nocturnal dialysis has so far given patients an overall improved sense of wellbeing, with more time available during the day to socialise, work and care for others.

He said: “The trial has proved a success so far with all patients taking part with excellent feedback received. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results at the end of the trial which will in turn help us shape how we can offer dialysis differently for our patients across the UK in the future.”

Hajar Al Ghabari, 26, from Bangor has been diagnosed with kidney disease in her teenage years. Since joining the trial she said her quality of life has massively improved.

She said: “I have a lot more awareness during the day now, I can go and spend time with my friends and family and I feel so much more energetic – I feel like I’ve got my life back.”