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Morriston Hospital Renal (Nephrology) Unit

The Nephrology Service within ABMU Health Board is based within Morriston Hospital and has responsibility for the care of patients with kidney disease living anywhere in South West Wales, from Fishguard and Bridgend in the south, to Towyn and Llanidloes in the north.
It receives referrals from general practitioners throughout this large area as well as from clinicians based in seven district general hospitals (Aberystwyth, Baglan, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli and Singleton).
As well as a haemodialysis unit in Morriston Hospital, which dialyses over 220 patients, it is clinically responsible for satellite haemodialysis units which dialyse over 140 patients in Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest.

There is a sizeable community support service with approximately 100 peritoneal dialysis and home haemodialysis patients and 600 pre-dialysis patients, which works out of Morriston Hospital and extends throughout the catchment area.
Outreach general nephrology clinics are held in six of the seven referring district general hospitals (the exception being Singleton Hospital). Patients with renal transplants and potential renal transplant donors are also seen in clinics in Morriston.

Every year the department provides renal replacement therapy for approximately 200 patients with acute kidney injury in the cardiac, burns and general intensive care units in Morriston Hospital, as well giving consultative advice in ITUs elsewhere in South West Wales.

In contrast to the majority of hospital services, managing a renal medicine service is driven by prevalence (of established renal failure) rather than incidence of disease. National figures show an annual increase of approximately 8 percent in the number of patients requiring chronic haemodialysis (HD). Referral patterns for patients with chronic kidney disease have changed markedly during recent years consequent on eGFR and general practitioner Quality Outcome Frameworks.

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Welsh Kidney Patients’ Association (WKPA)

Welsh Kidney Patients’ Association (WKPA) is an independent registered charity, which is dependent on donations, gifts or grants.

It is the patients’ own organisation, covering the whole of Wales, and has more than 2,000 members. It is run by patients and carers for patients and carers. The WKPA has been an all-volunteer group since 1982 and a registered charity since 1995. The charity is administered by its honorary officers and a management committee, who are trustees of the charity. They are elected annually at the annual general meeting held in October. Membership is free and open to all pre-dialysis, dialysis and kidney transplant patients and their carers.

The WKPA is affiliated to the National Kidney Federation (NKF), which represents kidney patients throughout the UK. This allows WKPA members to receive the NKF’s free quarterly magazine, Kidney Life. The NKF also provides a comprehensive selection of patient information leaflets. The association encourages the setting up of local self-help/support groups for patients, their families and friends to share information and experiences.

There is also a befriender service available at UHW, Cardiff and Morriston Hospital, Swansea, for patients in need of support.

he WKPA publishes a free quarterly magazine, Kidney Matters Wales, which informs patients of current and new developments in their treatment and levels of care. It also includes notices of forthcoming events.
The association supports the Welsh Transplant Team, to compete at the British Transplant Games.

The association has also undertaken research into patient opinions through patient surveys, providing service providers with patient information on the level of care they receive.

The association provides modest financial support through its welfare fund, for patients who have trouble in meeting one-off expenditure relating to their treatment, which cannot be met by any other means.
The association liaises with hospital dialysis units, the transplant unit and other support services. It also represents kidney patients on the Welsh Renal Clinical Network and the Cross-Party Kidney Group of the Welsh Assembly.

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Children’s Kidney Centre – Heath Hospital

Kidney disease and renal failure predominantly affect individuals during their later years. However, a significant number of young children and teenagers also have to cope with the reality of kidney disease and renal failure on a daily basis.

The Children’s Kidney Centre at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff is a central part of the work of Kidney Wales and its ongoing commitment to support patients of all ages.

The centre’s main function is inpatient and outpatient care. Its team also works very closely with the team at the Bristol Children’s Hospital to support post-transplant care. Children who undergo surgery in Bristol usually stay in hospital for about two weeks following the operation. The Kidney Wales Children’s Centre provides them with pre-transplant education and following the operation patients visit the centre’s out-patient clinic about three times per week for check-ups.

For further information: http://www.kidneywales.com/childrens-kidney-centre/#sthash.8wSUlvlC.dpuf

Benefiting the lives of Renal Patients


  • Morriston Hospital Renal Unit has requested tables and for help with the refurbishment of their twilight patient waiting area.
  • We’re raising funds for a storage cupboard for a patient at home.

Welfare and wellbeing

  • Welsh Kidney Patients Association requested support to fund welfare applications from renal patients. Our aim is to fund £1800 per year.
  • Welsh Transplant Games – we sponsored four fantastic contestants and enabled them to go and compete at the World Transplant Games in Malaga.
  • We are raising money to send children and youths with chronic kidney disease on a brilliant activity-packed fun day out.
  • We aim to raise £100 for each individual patient who has asked for financial support.


  • Providing information leaflets for patients – budgetary cost £1000
  • Providing online information – budgetary cost £500
  • Prevention campaign – research stage
  • Befriending Service – research stage

If you are a renal patient, practitioner, ward or unit and would like advice on how your project can be funded, please contact us.

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