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Support Groups

National Kidney Foundation communities offer a safe and supportive place where patients and caregivers can share experiences, ask questions, and get answers related to kidney health, kidney disease, transplantation and living organ donation. Participation is free and anonymous.

This is the local support group that is affiliated with the National Kidney Patients Association.  An excellent patient support resource for information and help.

The United Norwich Kidney Patient  Association's own web site. 

UNKPA Application form (click here) to join up (this also gives free enrolment to the National Kidney Patients Association AND the British Kidney Patients Association) 

The Norfolk Renal Fund - Click here for information

The National Kidney Federation is the largest kidney patient charity in the UK. Run by kidney patients, for kidney patients. Again they can provide emotional and practical help

http://www.kidney.org.uk/  HELPLINE  0845 601 02 09

Another excellent patient support resource for information and help.

  British Kidney Patients Association Site

Kidney Patient FORUM

"i have learned alot from the posts and feel not so alone. it also helps me understand what my other family members are going thru"

The forum has many amazing personal & current stories that many are finding helpful - click here.

UNKPA (United Norwich Kidney Patient Association) on FACE BOOK - click here.

YOUNG at NKF (National Kidney Federation) on FACE BOOK (for 18-25 year olds with kidney failure) - a national site - click here.

There is a secret facebook page for young people (under 30) in the Norfolk area who are already having dialysis or have a renal transplant, or who might be needing a renal transplant or dialysis.

Young people can often find themselves alone having renal treatment with a lot of elderly people. This secret facebook page enables young people in this area to meet other young people who have to deal with similer issues. Being a secret group means that the group is “not seen” on facebook (except for members) and members can talk about things without outsiders listening in. There are no health care staff members. Being polite and respectful remains important.

If you would like to join this group please contact Mark (
Patient Education Nurse) at mark.holdsworth@nnuh.nhs.uk who will pass your details to a young person who has a renal transplant and is running the page.

Katie McGoldrick is our renal counsellor. She can provide support for people to explore and make sense of the issues they are dealing with.

If you think counselling might be helpful to you, you may contact Katie on 07810 525 345 or ask a member of staff to contact her on your behalf.

Helen Alton
is a dedicated Renal Social Worker. Helen can help you with advice on matters of employment and benefits and managing well generally  at home with kidney problems. If you have concerns about managing well you can ring her on 01603 288934

Help for Carers:


Norfolk Wellbeing Service. Overwhelmed, Low, Anxious – ready to change?? We offer workshops, one to one and more. See us on:


Ring us on: 0300 123 1503. All calls are charged at local rate from both landlines and mobiles.

Kidney Research UK gives out a lot of patient information and provides a Grants & Charity Service.

Ring 08450 707 601

Email: grants@kidneyresearchuk.org

See: www.kidneyresearchuk.org and click on the Health Information section.

British Red Cross
Could you use a little extra help at home? Practical and emotional support offered in the Norfolk area. Ring 01603 288320

Email: sithnorwich@redcross.org.uk

See: www.redcross.org.uk