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



SAKA is a registered charity, number 506386.




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

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NKF are also working with other colleagues in the renal community to ensure information is up to date.

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At the National Kidney Federation KPA day on 27 March, there were updates on the impact of Covid-19 on dialysis and transplant patients.

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For anyone who is concerned about receiving a first or second dose of the AZ vaccine following the recent reports of possible side effects, please click here to read the advice from Public Health England

Sheffield Kidney Institute is following this advice. It is up to patients to make their own informed decisions based on having access to reliable sources of information.






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:

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



SAKA Facebook Group:


Patients (and family members/ carers etc) who attend the Sheffield Unit or its satellites are welcome to join this small confidential group to discuss Sheffield and also share news and information based upon Sheffield. 


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


To read the Summer 2021 edition of Kidney Life please click here


To read the Spring 2021 edition of Kidney Life please click here


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




To download the latest In Touch Newsletters click the links below


In Touch, May 2021
NKF Newsletter
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In Touch, April 2021
NKF Newsletter
April 2021 In Touch.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.7 MB]
In Touch March 2021
NKF Newsletter
Adobe Acrobat document [2.3 MB]
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