North East Kidney Patients Association

Every year, we hold Kidney Awareness events on at least four dates.  These are currently held at James Cook University Hospital (JCUH), Middlesbrough but we hope to replicate at the satellite units in the near future.

Our aim is to enable people at all stages of renal illness to talk with patients who have experienced them, the differing dialysis options and kidney transplant operations.  As well as our volunteers, we also have qualified renal nursing staff on hand to give more formal information if and when required, and dieticians to help with this very important aspect.

Kidney Awareness Days

These events can also be a real benefit for patients' partners, spouses, family members and friends, to obtain the support and information they need as the illness impacts their lives too.
NEKPA has continued liaison and updates with all the Renal Medical Consultants, Nurses and support staff at JCUH and other satellite units.
Our next Kidney Awareness Day will be in early 2020 and further details will be posted in Diary on this website.

Pre Dialysis & Transplant Awareness Days

This regular event is held at the James Cook University Hospital, date of next event can be found in Diary.

Usually, there are several displays with medical specialists qualified to give advice and information, and volunteer kidney patients to give advice and share experience.


The Renal Team covers both Peritoneal and Haemo Dialysis (including Home Dialysis) and detailed information on pre and post transplant care and concerns.


The Renal Dieticians are available with information and advice on all aspects of a controlled diet.


Diaverum (dialysis providers) are on hand to discuss how their units operate.


Kidney Care UK who particularly focus on the various ways in which they can support kidney patients.


NEKPA stand at  World Kidney Day 2019

World Kidney Day 2021

The World Kidney Day Steering Committee has declared 2021 the year of “Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere: Living Well with Kidney Disease”. The focus of the 2021 campaign is to increase education and awareness about effective symptom-management to improve patients’ health-related quality of life and self-empowerment, with the ultimate goal of encouraging life-participation, the ability to participate in meaningful activities of life.

Along with using effective measures to prevent kidney disease and its progression, it is vitally important that patients with kidney disease – including those who depend on dialysis and transplantation – and their care-partners feel fully supported, especially during pandemics and other challenging periods.