Tyneside Kidney Patients Association
The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust provide a dedicated Young Adult Kidney Service to support young people living with kidney disease. One of only a handful of its kind in the UK, the service provides information and support to young adults and their families, easing their transition from children’s to adult kidney (renal) services.
Young adults can find it hard to cope with a chronic illness and can lose focus when it comes to understanding their condition, its treatment and lifestyle challenges.
Having someone who understands and supports them can make a real difference – and support from other young people is vitally important. We give advice on the daily challenges of living with kidney disease and information on a whole range of subjects, including:
In the past, young people were treated alongside children or elderly patients, making them feel extremely isolated.
A Young Adult Kidney Co-ordinator - funded by the British Kidney Patient Association - offers practical, social and emotional support, to help young adults gain independence in managing their condition and their lives.
For more details about the Young Adult Kidney Service, please contact:
Helen Ritson, Young Adult Kidney Care Co-ordinator
tel: 07920 184759