Kidney Kids Scotland have been confirmed as the charity partner for the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards.
Founded as a Charitable Trust in 2000 and the only Scottish charity supporting children with renal/urology illness and their families, the main aim of Kidney Kids Scotland is to enable children to receive treatment as close to home as possible and minimize disruption to their family unit.
The charity works closely and relies on the expertise of consultants, medical and welfare personnel to identify where help is most needed. Kidney Kids Scotland supports hospitals all over Scotland by supplying them with much needed equipment and funding for posts recognised as being essential. Their main support goes to The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow as this is the centre of excellence for children with renal illness. It is the only hospital in Scotland to perform paediatric haemodialysis and transplantation. Kidney Kids Scotland are working very closely with this unit at present and have successfully help launch for the first time ever a Scottish Home Haemodialysis service for Scottish children. This service is life changing for these children and their families. Instead of children having to attend hospital three times per week for three-four hours at a time, they can remain at home for treatment.
Home Haemodialysis has numerous benefits:
- Improved Health and quality of life
- Ability to participate fully in family and work life
- Flexibility of when and how often to dialyse
- A more enjoyable diet
- Patients feeling better both physically and emotionally
- Better clinical outcomes such as reduced medication and improved blood pressure.
The charity are funding a specialist nurse and have provided funding for every Home Haemodialysis machine used.
In addition, Trustees believe that no family should have to worry unduly over financial problems whilst also worrying about a sick child. They therefore do their utmost to support these families in any way they can – this can often be helping them with much needed financial assistance, putting them in contact with another family with similar problems or just a listening ear.
Since the charity’s inception in July 2000, well over 1.7 million has been given directly towards the treatment of children in Scotland who suffer from renal/urology problems. Kidney disease has no cure and the only way to prolong life is by treating with dialysis or transplantation. This is a disease the child and their family have to learn to live with. These families come from all over Scotland.