After many years of campaigning the law has finally changed in Wales.
On 1 December 2015, Wales became the first UK country to introduce a soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation.
For more information on how it can affect you visit Organ Donation Wales
Shaun Thomas is a Renal Youth Worker working in Cardiff University Hospital of Wales and in Morrsiton Hospital in Swansea.
This year he is hoping to do something big to help improve the quality of life for some our young renal patients around South Wales. The plan is to run a residential trip to Newgale in West Wales, taking any renal patients between the ages of 16-30. Even if patients are on dialysis they will be putting provisions in place to ensure they can take part safely and have their dialysis needs met in nearby hospitals.
Welsh Kidney Patient Association (WKPA) has contributed towards the cost of the trip to Newgale in West Wales and proud to support such a worthy ambition.
For Full details read the press release from Shaun Thomas.
Turn2us runs regional workshops across the UK to help front-line workers and volunteers (‘intermediaries’) to use Turn2us’ tools and services to support people in financial need.
For details see the Turn2Us website
Work on a £5.8 million expansion of Morriston Hospital’s renal unit is due to start this spring. The upgrade will transform care for thousands of patients from across the South West Wales region when it is completed next year. Health Minister Mark Drakeford announced the investment today (Thursday 7th January).
We have been working on a patient education initiative developing a patient video series titled 'What Patients Need to Know "Is Tiredness a normal part of Kidney Disease."
Are you a dialysis patient in Wales and unhappy with your hospital transport? You are not alone
The latest magazine kicks off a campaign to improve hospital transport and we need your views
If you are not a dialysis patient then you may not know that many patients still have to travel many miles to their local unit several times a week to receive treatment
Unlike many other treatments this can go on for years .
Whilst many patients are satisfied with the current service, too many still face two hour journeys on top of the four or five hour dialysis treatment.
New video added 24/3/2015
Read more about the scandal of hospital transport in Wales
Calling all Renal Patients and/or their Carers and Families in Wales The information and link included below is aimed at everyone over 16 living in Wales. The Wales Kidney Research Unit has asked the WKPA to circulate this information to renal patients and to ask that they join the survey.
Read more about this important group.
Treatment with peritoneal dialysis (PD) offers significant treatment, lifestyle, and quality of life advantages over hospital haemodialysis. In addition, it is a more cost-effective therapy. The “Achilles’ heel” of PD, however, remains the susceptibility to recurrent infection with detrimental effects on the process of dialysis through direct membrane damage, but also in more severe infection through significant morbidity and mortality.
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