Your Local Kidney Charity Run By Patients For The Direct Benefit of Patients



SAKA is a registered charity, number 506386.




Click here for the latest advice from the Government during the current lockdown.



We would like to update you on the work that the NKF have been doing recently alongside the joint Professional Renal Societies and other National Kidney Charities – regarding COVID and vaccinations.

NKF have been involved in several work streams – KQUIP HD Patient Safety group / Regular National COVID virtual meetings with key stakeholders – on all matters relating to COVID.



At present in the UK – there are 2 vaccines that have been approved by the MRHA and are available – the  Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Three key points that we would like to state are;-


  • Both these vaccines are suitable for all kidney patients – neither of the vaccines are live, as has been incorrectly reported in some areas of the press and social media. If you are in any doubt - always seek the advice of your kidney / renal team (or GP).


  • The vaccines have been recommended by national experts who are professionally medically trained. These include experts from within our own kidney / renal community.


  • Both of these vaccines are safe. They have undergone several stringent tests which have been taken on many thousands of people. The risks to kidney patients of getting COVID far outweigh the risks of any possible side effects of either vaccine.


Sadly there appears to be many patients in the UK at present who have been misinformed on the vaccines for COVID – we need all patients to be correctly informed and willing to take one of the vaccines as soon as it is offered to them – for everyone’s benefit in the UK and beyond.





NKF (National Kidney Federation) have the latest news and advice for kidney patients on their website.


NKF are selling social distancing lanyards

See News page for more details and how to order.





The NKF Helpline is there to talk to kidney patients and give advice:

0800 169 0936      email:



Sheffield Community Helpline: 0114 273 4567 for any enquiries or if you need help with shopping, medicine etc.



Sheffield Mind have a conversation and signposting service for people aged 50+ experiencing anxiety, loneliness or isolation  0114 312 2209  email:


Age UK offer food deliveries etc. SAKA has a partnership with them to assist renal patients of any age. Phone: 0114 250 2850   or email



For the latest Government guidance click here


About SAKA



SAKA was formed in 1976 to help kidney patients and their families cope with kidney failure and to help fund research into kidney disease. 
100% of all funds raised by SAKA are for the benefit of renal patients who are cared for by the Sheffield Kidney institute. We are the ONLY local kidney charity run by patients that provides grants and support direct to patients and their families


We help renal patients directly by providing financial support for the following:
* To purchase essential items when times are hard

* To meet certain holiday treatment costs for dialysis patients

* To meet visitors’ travel costs when patients are hospitalised

* We part-fund our Sheffield Team members at the British and World Transplant Games


* We support research at the Sheffield Kidney Institute (SKI)

We also:

* Represent Patients’ views directly to the Renal Directorate Management Team


* Support the National Kidney Federation (NKF) to provide Patient Information Leaflets and  a Free Helpline



We have set up a new Facebook Group:


We are looking for patients (and family members/ carers etc) who attend the Sheffield Unit or its satellites.
We have started a small confidential group to discuss Sheffield and also share news and information based upon Sheffield. It is clear during the COVID outbreak information is different from other units and it can get confusing. We would like the input of as many people as possible so that we can get a clear picture of what is happening during this crisis.


 Click here to visit / join the Group.


Kidney Life is the magazine produced by the National Kidney federation.


To read the Winter 2020 edition of Kidney Life please click here.


To read the Autumn 2020 edition of Kidney Life, please click here.



To download the latest In Touch Newsletters click the links below


In Touch, January 2021
NKF Newsletter
January 21.pdf
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In Touch December 2020
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In Touch November 2020
November 2020 NKF In Touch newsletter[63[...]
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