Welcome to Bristol Area Kidney Patients Association

The Bristol Area 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.

We supplement the work of the Renal Unit and its’ satellite units throughout the South West.

BAKPA works to improve the treatment, welfare and comfort of kidney patients and their carers and families.

We have approximately 350 members including kidney patients, carers and living donors from the South West of England.

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BAKPA has a strong association with the medical staff in the Southmead Renal Unit. We support their efforts through:

  • General fundraising
  • Contribution to and involvement in research
  • Provision of equipment over and above standard NHS requirements
  • Input into improvement of patient services
  • Funding additional staff positions to improve patient welfare
  • Running social events including tombolas and coffee mornings
  • Subsidising or sponsoring a team of local athletes for the National and International Transplant Games

Satellite Units Equipment

The BAKPA Committee are keen to hear from renal patients who are receiving treatment at the Renal Unit in Southmead Hospital or any satellite units.

Get in touch with our Secretary Sharon Nicholls on snixies@aol.com and let her know about an item / project which BAKPA might be able to provide or help with.

BAKPA Properties

Exciting news, we have acquired a new holiday property! Information coming soon! Watch this space. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hales House – Bristol

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.

Hales House Kitchen
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