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



SAKA is a registered charity, number 506386.




Kidney patients are now being sent invitations to have the Covid-19 vaccination. Please make sure you take up this offer. Here is a link to the latest guidance :


COVID vaccine info for patients-26.01.20[...]
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Click here for the latest advice from the Government during the current lockdown.




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






Please spread the word about scam texts and emails inviting you for your Covid19 vaccination. Several people have received these. With elderly people and CEV anxiously awaiting vaccinations it's easy to click on false links, so it is important to read any notifications carefully to make sure they are from a safe source.
Report suspicious emails to:










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




To mark World Kidney Day SAKA and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are organising an online event with a variety of interesting presentations and the chance to ask questions. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.



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 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, February 2021
NKF Newsletter
February 2021 In Touch Newsletter.pdf
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In Touch, January 2021
NKF Newsletter
January 21.pdf
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In Touch December 2020
NKF Newsletter
December In Touch Newsletter 2020[68053][...]
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