The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Kidney Patients’ Association (QEHKPA)
Across the West Midlands there are about a quarter of a million people with kidney disease. Kidney disease can be physically and emotionally demanding and can have effects on work, relationships, family life and problems associated with finances.
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is the largest provider of kidney care in the West Midlands.
The Renal Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham provide treatment for patients with early stages of kidney disease, advanced kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation, end of life care and acute kidney injury.
Many patients receive their dialysis treatment in one of the satellite units at Hereford, Aston, Great Bridge, Kings Norton, Sparkhill, Smethwick, Worcester Llandrindon-Wells, and Woodgate Valley which are supervised by the kidney healthcare team at UHB.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kidney Patients’ Association (often called the Q.E.H.K.P.A.) offers support to help patients, their families, carers and friends.
Our KPA is a registered charity that was started in 1981 to:
• Provide support to kidney patients of the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital Birmingham, their families and carers.
• Raise public awareness of kidney problems.
What are our aims?
The Q.E.H.K.P.A. aims to:
• Help and support all kidney patients, their families and carers treated by U.H.B..
• Improve kidney services by working closely with staff within the local units.
• Raise funds to help improve the patients’ experience.
• Provide information on our web site www.kidneymatters.co.uk and through our newsletter ‘Kidney Matters’ to patients undergoing treatment.
• Support the NHS organ donor register.
We raise funds to support a variety of projects. These include:
• Supporting social activities including outings and holidays.
• Producing a regular newsletter.
• Buying equipment for kidney patients to use whilst in hospital.
• Supporting kidney research at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The Q.E.H.K.P.A. relies on the generous financial support of the public to continue its’ activities.
There are regular Q.E.H.K.P.A. meetings which take place at 19.30 on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in The Faith Centre on the First Floor in the Atrium of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Everyone is welcome to come along.
Please phone a member of the committee to check that we have not changed the meeting date.
How to get involved?
You can help in a number of different ways by:
• Becoming active in the Q.E.H.K.P.A.
• Helping with the social activities and monthly meetings.
• Supporting the planning and staging of fundraising events.
• Making a donation.
• Having your own fundraising event for us.
If you want more information please see the Q.E.H.K.P.A. contact details at the end of the leaflet. Alternatively please speak to one of your kidney nurses.
Where can I find further sources of information?
Further information can be obtained from:
• Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham KPA website www.kidneymatters.co.uk. On our Web site we have all the Patient Information leaflets published by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to view or download. These also include Dietary information supplied by the Renal Dietitians. All leaflets are approved by the hospital.
• The British Kidney Patient Association – is a UK charity that works to improve the quality of life for adults and children with chronic kidney disease and has funding available through your Hospital/Unit social worker. www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk
• Kidney Research UK – . www.kidneyresearchuk.org
• NHS Blood and Transplant- www.nhsbt.nhs.uk
• West Midlands Renal Network plans and oversees the development of renal services along the entire renal pathway. www.wmrn.co.uk
• A wide range of patient information leaflets and fact sheets are available through the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust website and can be accessed via www.uhb.nhs.uk/pi-renal.htm
• Patient information on the Q.E.H.K.P.A. Web site www.kidneymatters.co.uk
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2WB
Telephone: 0121 371 2000