What vaccine patients should receive
This is the latest guidance:
The renal patient groups for a third primary vaccination or booster vaccination are as follows:
HOME DIALYSIS SURVEY
The National Kidney Federation is running a survey and would like all dialysis patients to take part. It is about dialysing at home and they would like to understand the reasons why some people choose home dialysis but others prefer a hospital setting. They also want to know about the impact of Covid-19 on dialysis patients.
Please take a few moments to take this survey by clicking this link:
NKF Virtual Patients' Event
If you missed the NKF Patients' Event on 9 October or if you want to see parts of it again, the videos are now available on the NKF website. You can watch the whole event or choose the presentations you would like to see:
Beware of Covid Pass Scam
There is currently a countrywide scam around Covid 19 Passes. If you receive a text or email offering any information on Covid 19 don't forget to check that it has come from a reliable source, even if it uses the words NHS in the text, Please report any suspicious messages.
See the Action Fraud website for more details :
An Addenbrooke’s trial is rolling out to hospitals across the UK to see if a drug used to treat tapeworm can give high-risk kidney patients extra protection against Covid-19.
Organ Utilisation Group online call for evidence
The Organ Utilisation Group (OUG) has recently been established at the request of the Department of Health & Social Care. Its remit is to review the current organ transplantation system and deliver recommendations on how to maximise the potential for organ transplantation in the UK, ensuring that we provide a premier healthcare system that delivers equity, excellence and innovation to meet the needs of those on the transplant waiting list.
They are seeking insights into the challenges of transplantation and examples of best practices and would like to hear from a wide range of stakeholders, including kidney patients.
Further details about the Organ Utilisation Group, its Terms of Reference, and meetings to date can be found on the Group’s webpage here:
Third Vaccine Dose
There has been a great deal of confusion and mixed messages surrounding the third primary dose of the Covid 19 vaccine, which should be offered to all inmmunosuppresssed patients.
The leading kidney charities have been working hard on behalf of kidney patients to ensure that everyone is getting the correct information.
Everyone eligible for a third primary dose should have received a letter detailing how to access their jab.This third dose cannot be booked via the national online booking system,
Below is a link to see a sample of the letter, which eligible patients in the Sheffield area should have received.
To summarise the next steps:
Immunosuppressed patients (e.g. those with functioning kidney transplants) will be entitled to a third COVID-19 vaccine, which should be at least 8 weeks after their second dose. They will then be eligible to receive a booster dose in six months time. This will mean they will receive 4 jabs in total.
Other kidney patients may be in the group of people most at risk from COVID 19 and eligible for a Booster dose.
The booster is also being offered to people who live with someone who has received a transplant.
If you are in this group and had your 2nd dose at least 6 months ago you can now book a booster.
The National Kidney Federation has put together some FAQ's and current information about the third jab,
COVID-19 Advice for Kidney Patients
Kidney Care UK have produced a series of short videos / animations about the vaccines.
To access the latest advice from the Government visit:
The National Kidney Federation is running a national campaign to encourage dialysis patients to consider dialysing at home rather than in a hospital. During the Covid 19 pandemic statistics emerged to show that home dialysis patients were at a lower risk of contracting the virus.
To help people make the transition NKF have launched a Peer Support service which offers short term practical and emotional support. If you would like to be put in touch with someone who has experience of home dialysis and who can talk to you about the process and share experiences, do get in touch by calling the NKF helpline: 0800 169 09 36 (9 am. - 5 pm, Monday to Friday)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New NICE Guidelines
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have published new guidelines for the care and treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease.
A joint statement from professional, patient and research kidney organisations, including NKF, particularly welcomes the changes relating to measuring the kidney function of ethnic minorities.
Some people have had doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine in clinical risk groups, but on 9 July Public Health England published the results of a study involving more than 1 million people in at risk groups. This shows that the Covid 19 vaccines used in this country are effective in preventing symptomatic disease in the majority of people with underlying health conditions.
However, results from the OCTAVE study suggest that immunosuppressed patients need to remain cautious
Earlier in July, several kidney charities including NKF and Kidney Care UK, got together to organise a Question Time webinar on Covid-19 and vaccinations.
There was a wide range of question covering the effectiveness of the vaccine, antibody tests, keeping safe at work, coping with anxiety etc.
Dialysis away from base
UPDATE ON DIALYSIS AWAY FROM BASE: As lockdown restrictions ease and patients want to start to make travel plans, professional and patient societies have issued ad updated statement on dialysis away from base.
To access the latest advice from the Government visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Drive Through Blood Test Centre
The drive through blood testing facility has moved again (as from 5 July) and is now located at City Parkway, Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WA.
(Use the turn off for the Pentagon car showroom)
SAKA has purchased a supply of Puzzle Books to be given to dialysis patients.
We know it is beneficial to keep our brains active and these puzzles will help to pass your time during your dialysis sessions.
If you would like one and have not been offered a copy, please ask a member of staff.
We would welcome any feedback on these books, or if you have any other ideas or suggestions about what else we could do to help:
please email: email@example.com
New UK strategy sets out ambition to be world leaders in organ donation and transplantation
On 1 June 2021 a new 10 year strategy was launched for organ donation and transplantation. Increasing consent rates for organ donation and making the most of donated organs for transplant are the two key aims set out in this UK wide organ donation strategy.
SHARING GP DATA
From 1 September 2021 GP Practices across the UK will begin sharing patient data. The original start date was to be 5 July, but this has now been postponed.
The new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) aims to reduce the burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care.
The NHS will share details about diagnoses, symptoms, medications, immunisations as well as your gender and ethnicity. They will not share your name and address or any written notes your GP may have.
ORGAN DONATION VIDEO
A group of British Asian artists have come together to produce a video promoting organ donation. View below.
KPA DAY AND AGM
NKF held their annual KPA Day and AGM via Zoom on Saturday 27 March 2021, with about 70 people attending. A new Executice Committee was elected, including Glynis Beattie and Phil Beattie from SAKA.
Two very interesting guest speakers were invited.
Paul Cockwell, Consultant Nephrologist, spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on renal patients, especially those on dialysis and Rommel Ravanan spoke on the impact of Covid-19 on kidney donation and transplantation and also gave an update on the new strategy for organ donation and transplantation.
Below is the video of the speakers.
WORLD KIDNEY DAY 2021
We were unable to get together in person for World Kidney Day due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, so, in conjunction with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we held an online event on the evening of 11 March with presentations by health care professionals.
Over 40 people joined us for a very interesting evening.
Dr. Arif Khwaja chaired the event, which began with an update about Covid 19 in Sheffield by Dr. Veena Reddy. Other speakers included Dr. Syazrah Salam on bone health in renal disease, Louise Jackson on nutrition for kidney health, Dr. Helen Simms-Williams on her research about children with spina bifida in Uganda and Sarah Albone about the use of exercise bikes by dialysis patients. Professor Martin Wilkie rounded off the evening.
See below to watch the video of the World Kidney Day event:
VIDEO: HOW KIDNEYS WORK
To mark World Kidney Day teachers at Becton School worked with NHS staff at Sheffield Childrens Hospital to produce a short video to demonstrate what kidneys do.It features Kevin the Kidney and his twin Kate. Whilst this is aimed at the younger generation it is well worth a watch as a very basic explanation of how kidneys work. Click below and enjoy!
Everyone at SAKA was deeply saddened to hear the news in February that Ken Tupling had passed away. His most recent post at SAKA was as Vice Chair, but over many years he fulfilled lots of roles. Many of you will have met him selling Christmas cards at Sorby. He was also a stalwart at the National Kidney Federation, including serving as President.
SAKA is very grateful to Team Scarlett for raising the tremendous total of £3,229 for our funds.
Scarlett O’Keefe was waiting for a liver and kidney transplant when she sadly passed away on 15 April 2020 at the age of 28. She had already decided she wanted to raise money for charity, and she had challenged her mum Bev, along with family friend Kath, to do the #1000 mile walk to raise funds for SAKA. After their sad loss, Bev and Kath took the decision to continue this walking challenge and spent the rest of 2020 working towards raising as much money as possible, their original target being £1,000. Due to the generosity of Scarlett’s friends and family they far exceeded this target, and it is a wonderful tribute to Scarlett that they were able to give such a substantial donation to SAKA.
HEALTH CARE WHEN TRAVELLING TO EU COUNTRIES
Here is a link to the latest guidance on receiving dialysis etc. when travelling to the EU after 1st January 2021:
FREE Information and Advice Sessions
SAKA is funding Information and Advice Sessions at the Renal Unit at the Northern General Hospital. 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
WORLD KIDNEY DAY 2020
To mark World Kidney Day, SAKA joined forces with Sheffield Hospitals Charity Trust to organise a Photography Exhibition at the Winter Garden in Sheffield, which ran for a whole week in March.
Paul Cocker took photographs of ten kidney patients and renal staff and these were displayed along with their personal stories.
We also had a range of information leaflets for the public to take.
DIALYSIS BIKES AT SHEFFIELD DIALYSIS UNIT
SAKA has purchased 2 specialist bikes for patients at Heeley to use whilst dialysing.
These bikes have great benefits for patients.
Haemodialysis patients generally spend 3-4 hours 3 or 4 times a week on dialysis. This equates to 4-6 weeks per year sitting or lying inactive whilst on dialysis. Physical inactivity can lead to poor physical performance, loss of bone strength, loss of appetite, muscle wasting, hypertension, fatigue and dependence. These complications are augmented in patients with kidney disease, which in itself can lead to muscle wasting and hypertension. As most haemodialysis patients spend a considerable amount of time travelling to and from and in a dialysis unit, they have less opportunity to exercise.
Exercise in the general population is associated with a number of benefits including:
There are further specific benefits noted in haemodialysis patients including:
Living Donor Event
19 November 2019
The Living Donor Coordinators organised a highly successful evening at Bramall Lane on 19 November to give patients considering a living donor transplant all the information they needed. They were able to listen to and meet recipients of kidneys along with their donors.
The evening included a pie and pea supper and there was the chance to put questions to health care professionals as well as to donors and recipients.
As you may know SAKA used to own a holiday caravan on the east coast, but, due to its declining use, we took the decision to sell it.
However, the North East Kidney Patients Association now have a caravan for hire at Cayton Bay Holiday Park near Scarborough.
Details: 2 bedroom, 6 berth, wheelchair friendly, fully equipped , hire fee includes free entertainment passes
Dialysis is available at Scarborough Hospital (4 miles away) and Bridlington Dialysis Unit (6 miles away)
For more details / bookings please contact : 01325 721909 or 07460874034
SAKA was delighted to be chosen as one of the charities to benefit from the 2019 Music in the Gardens. This is an annual event in Sheffield's Botanical Gardens organised by local Rotary Clubs. Six volunteers from SAKA sold programmes and held a bucket collection on the evening of Sunday 7 July when the crowd was entertained by Unite the Union Brass Band and Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a firework display. So far over £700 has been raised, with more to come later in the year.
SHEFFIELD CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION
On 28 September 2018 a celebration was held at Kenwood Hall to mark 50 years of kidney transplantation in Sheffield.