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Opt out has arrived....Wales leads the way in the UK

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.

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For more information on how it can affect you visit Organ Donation Wales


I Want to be an Organ Donor


been meaning to tell you…
I want to be an organ donor

How will you start the conversation?

Um, ah, ooh or err? It doesn’t matterhow you begin to talk about organ donation, it’s just really important that you do.

We know that eight out of 10 people support organ donation. But half the adults in England have NEVER talked to anyone about donating their organs when they die.

Families are more likely to agree to organ donation if they know it’s what their relative would have wanted. So, please talk it over and help your loved ones to support your decision. For some hints on tips on how to do it visit


Start a conversation today and help turn an end into a beginning.

An Update on Patient Transport


We have received a detailed response from Nick Smith Deputy Director (NEPTS) which you can read and respond to. Patient Transport Update

Success at Transplant Games 2016


Welsh Competitors win medals at the British Transplant Games in Liverpool

Fantastic results from Welsh athletes who took part in the British Transplant games in Liverpool on 28th- 31st, July 2016. Congratulations to Tracy Baker from Port Talbot for winning a medal in each of her five events...Gold in Shot Putt, silver in 100m, 200m and cricket ball throw and bronze in 400m.

Congratulations to Keiran Heycock also from Port Talbot . Keiron won 2 gold and one silver in swimming.
Well done Ian Hillier from Cardiff who came fourth in the golf. The tournament was held in pouring rain!

Wales is proud of you all .

Open Afternoon at Wales Kidney Research Unit
October 12th 2016 1pm-5pm


All welcome: Come and see what we do

Meet the researchers

Tour the laboratories



Nephrology Division of Infection and Immunity Cardiff University School of Medicine

Please let us know if you’d like to attend in order for us to have numbers for catering

For more information and directions please contact Mrs Kim Abberley (029 2074 8432)

Email: [email protected]

Newgale Young Adult Residential Trip 2016

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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.

Benefits Workshops - June 8th Cardiff

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

World Kidney Day 2016

See our Facebook and Twitter page for details of local events

More about World Kidney Day 2016


Morriston Hospital's £5.8 million renal unit expansion due for spring start

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).  

New Patient Video

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." 

Dialysis Transport


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

Letter sent by the WKPA to Mark Drakeford - Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services



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.

To take part in the survey please go to the Health Wise Wales web site at the link below:-

To read more about the survey

Peritoneal Immunity Group

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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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Watch the latest TV campaign on changes to organ donation in Wales

TV Campaign

Read our inspiring Patient Stories for an insight into life as a kidney patient.


  • Snowden Hike Sep 11th 2016

    Peter Hampshire, the organ donation lead and ITU consultant in Royal Liverpool Hospital, and Ajay Sharma request your help to relay the ‘Burden of Dialysis’, a home haemodialysis machine and peritoneal dialysis fluids for a week’s dialysis to the top.

    More details

  • Kidney Research UK Charity Ball

    On Friday September 9th 2016

    At The Village Hotel , Fabian Way , Swansea

    7 p.m. -1 a.m.

    Dress code:  Evening dress/Black Tie

    Price : £30 per head
    Includes: Welcome drink, 3 course meal, Coffee, Singer;Comedian;Magician and Disco

    For all enquiries contact Rachel: Tel: 07800511790 Email: [email protected]

  • One Thousand Thank Yous If you want to take part in this interesting project then contact Gloucester Hospital
  • This years AGM will be on Saturday 22nd October in Porthcawl. See the AGM Page for more details
  • Send of details of your event and we'll advertise it here.

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