Your Local Kidney Charity Run By Patients For The Direct Beneﬁt of Patients
SAKA is a registered charity, number 506386.
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;-
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.
WHERE TO GET HELP AND ADVICE
The NKF Helpline is there to talk to kidney patients and give advice:
0800 169 0936 email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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)
* 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:
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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sakasheffield