Members of the Llanelli Scarlets rugby team took time out of their busy training schedule to visit patients in the renal unit at Morrison Hospital.
It was the first visit to the unit for team members, Rhodri Jones, Kirby Myhill and Emyr Phillips.
They were on hand to chat to patients receiving treatment at the unit and to highlight World Kidney Day on 12th March.
Whilst touring the Morriston Hospital Renal Unit in Swansea (Wales), the players from the Rugby Team picked up some tips on how to keep their kidneys health, such as keeping well hydrated.
Cheers Boys !!
Picture left: Patient Colin Miles with Rhodri Jones, Kirby Myhill and Emyr Phillips
Popular Welsh singer, Rhys Meirion, who has raised thousands of pounds for the Air Ambulance by spearheading the Cerddwn Ymlaen charity walks across Wales, will officially launch his latest challenge – The Lap of Wales Challenge – at Cardiff’s St David’s Hospital next month and has extended the invitation to the launch to you and your family and friends.
The challenge will see the Ruthin based tenor and a group of celebrities attempt to circumnavigate Wales using a range of weird and wonderful modes of transport, including donkeys, jet skis and tandem bikes.
Rhys and those involved in Cerddwn Ymlaen are organising the challenge along with a travelling dramatic production and exhibition in the hope of instigating a ‘national discussion’ on organ donation, ahead of Wales becoming the first UK country to introduce a system of presumed consent for organ donation in December 2015.
Rhys and his niece Gwenllian have campaigned tirelessly to promote organ donation in Wales ever since the tragic loss of Rhys’ sister Elen in 2012. Elen had spoken to Gwenllian, her daughter, about her wish to donate her organs in the event that anything happened to her. As a result of this discussion, when giving permission for Elen’s organs to be used, the family knew they had fulfilled her wishes. As well as raising awareness of the importance of organ donation, Elen Meirion’s family hope Rhys’ latest challenge will help raise money for Elen’s Fund, which they set up in Elen’s memory. Money raised through Elen’s Fund will support and promote organ donation in Wales; it will help to fund improved facilities in hospitals in Wales, more state-of-the-art equipment, special projects and research.
Morriston Renal Unit 30th Anniversary
Manor Park Country House, Clydach, Swansea
Saturday March 28th 2015 - 7pm until late
Staff, Patients, Family and Friends all welcome
Ticket Price £25 (Non Refundable) includes ....
Three Course Meal
Premier Swing Band, SWINGSHIFT and Disco
Raffle included in ticket price
During September the Health Board ran a series of In Your Shoes workshops for patients who had experience of our services during 2014.
The workshops gave us the opportunity to listen to and work with patients, families and carers to help set priorities to improve our patients’ experience and to develop a values and behaviour framework for the Health Board. By taking part in the workshop patients, families and carers shared good and not so good experiences of care and how these made them feel.
We have summarised the shared experiences into prioritised key themes. Now we would like to share these and to invite a wide audience of patients, families and carers members to take part in the next step of developing our values and which will underpin what you can expect from us and our services.
To do this, we will be holding workshops in November and we would very much like you to join us. Please feel free to bring along, family members or carers who have experienced our services during 2014, even if they were unable to attend previous workshops. Workshops are being held locally and refreshments will be provided. As before transport costs will be reimbursed.
Support Joanne Popham who is running the Cardiff Half Marathon and raising money for the WKPA in memory of her dad.
You can visit Joanne's page on My donate and read all about Joanne's fund raising efforts.
All money raised for WKPA goes to fund activities supporting renal patients in Wales, so please donate if you can
NPTC PTA Engineering students are raising money for two worthy causes:
Welsh Kidney Patients’ Association www.wkpa.org.uk
By cycling from Ystradgynlais to Mumbles and back! This is a total of 50 miles.
We chose these charities because they are both connected with people in our class and college.
We also want to raise awareness of the fantastic help/support these charities provide to their users.
If you would like to sponsor the team.
Sponsor forms can be found at:
Main reception in A block
Main reception in Pathways Training, A block
Engineering department ND041, D block
From the WKPA by emailing WKPA
For more information please contact Steve Welch or Cheryll Morgan, (Engineering Lecturers) on Tel: 01639 648435.
For photos of the day and to see how much they raised see our Bike Ride Slideshow
August 7th -10th 2014
The British Transplant Games are organised on behalf of transplant sport
Closing date for entries is 30th June 2014
We'll publish more information about WKPA participation when we have it
You can now see the photos of three events that took place on the day in Swansea
Celebrated on the second Thursday in March, the mission of World Kidney Day is to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. - See more at: World Kidney Day Website.
In Swansea there are a number of events taking place organised by staff and patients from the renal unit at Morriston Hospital. Read the full list of events .
The main event will take place on 13th March at the LC, Swansea, from 10.00 am. Staff will be on hand to offer advice, as well as blood pressure checks. Stands and displays with more information will also be available.
The Ospreys Rugby Team will also be at the LC between 1pm and 2pm to meet members of the public and to release doves.
Members of the Ospreys Rugby Team will visit the renal unit on Tuesday 11th March between 10.00 and 12.00 to meet patients and staff.
Renal nurses will be on hand to offer blood pressure checks and general information on kidney disease for staff and customers at Castle Bingo in Morriston between 11.30 am and 1.00 pm on Tuesday the 11th.
Also, on the 13th March, a fundraising evening has been organised at the Verve 37, Uplands, Swansea with live music, auction and raffles. All proceeds to the Transplant Unit UHW, and The Renal Unit, Morriston Hospital. 7.30 pm till late, free entry.
Two boys ran the the Cardiff half in aid of the WKPA. Matt Harris and Imran Khan completed the run in around 2hrs 20. Money was donated through Just Giving with a total of £520 and £102 gift aid. Thanks to Matt and Imran and everyone who donated.