— Blood makes Noise was a project with renal dialysis patients at Dorset County Hospital —
Blood makes Noise was a project with renal dialysis patients at Dorset County Hospital. Film maker, Peter Snelling was ‘artist-in-residence’ in the Renal Dialysis Unit once a week for 9 months in 2012. He worked with patients in the unit to explore their stories, challenges and experiences of being on dialysis and to consider the science behind the relationship between diet and dialysis in living with renal disease. Peter’s methodology means that the ‘participants’ become collaborators and together they created the films in the DVD in this book. The short films introduce you to five stories about five individuals, David, Lauren, Denise, Kevin and Bob.
The longer film intertwines their stories and reveals the issues and challenges that all renal patients face and some of the ways that they deal with them. Our understanding of bio-medical science is often enhanced when it becomes relevant to our lives and the lives of others with whom we have contact. The arts provide a valuable way to help us understand the lived experience of renal disease. We hope the stories in these films will provoke thought about the very important science behind both treatment and nutrition.