The Bristol Kidney Patients Association (BAKPA) is a local independent registered charity (271775) which was set up by patients and carers of the Richard Bright Renal Unit at Southmead Hospital in Bristol to provide goods and services for the use of patients, carers and staff, which are not provided by the Hospital Trust. The Association aims to provide the treatment, welfare and comfort of kidney patients. The Association has approximately 200 members, most of whom are kidney patients and carers from the South West of England.
BAKPA has a strong association with the medical staff in the renal unit supporting their efforts to provide an excellent service to patients by providing:
- partial funding of research
- input into future patient services
- refurbishment of wards
- provision of specialist equipment
- access to wards and dialysis units for visiting patients.
We have also provided equipment for general use within the unit including :a Haemofiltration Unit and ice machines for use by dialysis patients.
We have given £80,000 towards equipping two satellite units based in Weston Super Mare and Bath which were opened in 1995.
The Committee of BAKPA are always interested to hear from renal patients who are receiving treatment at the Renal Unit in Southmead Hospital (or any of it’s satellite units) with an item / project where they may be able to help in any way.
For those patients who live a long way from Southmead Hospital, BAKPA has a two bedroom property for the use of patients and carers during long or short term treatment in hospital. It is also for relatives or friends visiting a patient following a procedure such as a transplant. No charge is made for this service, but all donations are gratefully received.
This space allows patients to dialyse away from home. The apartment has easy access to holiday haemodialysis sessions and is also suitable for CAPD patients. It provides self catering accommodation for up to six people, including children. BAKPA makes a small charge for the use of this property.
BAKPA funds a patient information folder which is provided to all patients when they approach dialysis. This folder contains essential information about treatment, exercise and general health whilst on dialysis, a list of useful websites and other contacts.
- publish a quarterly magazine
- run social events including an annual raffle
- sponsor a team of local athletes for the National and International Transplant Games.