HELP & SUPPORT FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS

 

 

HOW SAKA CAN HELP 

 

SAKA provides help and support for kidney patients receiving their treatment at Sheffield Kidney Institute (Northern General Hospital and satellite units).  We understand the problems and needs of renal patients as the Committee consists of people with close connections to CKD themselves, including patients and carers.

Renal patients, families and carers are welcome to approach us in times of financial hardship. If you are struggling to afford the basic items you need, we may be able to offer help.  The Trustees work in conjunction with the renal social workers and we will look at all requests for help. We will assess individual needs and all enquiries are treated with sympathy and in strict confidence.

If you think SAKA can assist you in any way, please click on the link below to fill in and submit an initial enquiry.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Click here to enquire about grants from SAKA

 

 

 

BENEFITS ADVICE

 

SAKA  funds an Information and Advice service at the Renal Unit at the Northern General Hospital.  This is free to use and any renal patient can make use of this service, which covers benefits advice, housing issues, consumer issues, non-residential care, money matters, legal issues etc.

 

Sessions are also held at Heeley Satellite Unit.

 

The sessions are run on our behalf by Age UK, but are open to patients of any age.

 

So far we have had a lot of success in helping people claim benefits, which they may not otherwise have realised they were entitled to.

 

For further details or to book an appointment:

Phone 0114 2502850 or

email: enquiries@ageuksheffield.org.uk

 

NKF HELPLINE

Don't forget that NKF run the only free UK Helpline dedicated to kidney patients with two fully trained, experienced advisers providing a 5 day per week service to kidney patients, carers and healthcare professionals and renal units.

The NKF Helpline is open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday on

 0800 169 09 36                or email : helpline@kidney.org.uk

The NKF Helpline is also the UK’s largest provider of kidney-related medical information leaflets with a library of over 200 titles written by nephrologists in simple language for patients and carers.

Visit the  National Kidney Federation website.

Kidney Care UK can offer support through patient grants, holiday grants etc.

 

Visit their website for details:

 Get support | Kidney Care UK

ADVICE ON SIGHT LOSS / VISION PROBLEMS

 

Anyone experiencing problems with their vision as a consequence of CKD is welcome to contact SRSB (Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind) for help and advice.

Phone: 0114 272 2757

Website : www.srsb.org.uk

 

DIABETES

 

Many renal patients also have diabetes. Pre-existing diabetes can cause kidney failure whilst other people may develop diabetes as a result of their treatment for CKD.

 

There is a local Group of Diabetes UK who can provide support, and anyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings with speakers on a variety of aspects of the condition.

 

Website: sheffielddiabetesuk.group

MENTAL HEALTH

 

The Listening Line is a phone service for people living in Sheffield, aged 18 and over.

If you - or a friend or relative - is  experiencing mental health symptoms and would like to talk to someone about it... 

To speak to a Listening Line operator, please phone 0114 312 2209 or if you would prefer us to phone you, email info@sheffieldmind.co.uk and we will arrange a call-back. 

We operate Monday to Friday, 10-4pm

 

Visit Sheffield Mind website for more details about their mental health services.

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