Statement on transplant and donation figures for 2020, future legislation and vaccine reprioritisation

By ika | January 4, 2021

The Irish Kidney Association welcomes the HSE’s announcement of end of year figures for 2020 on organ donation and transplantation and pays tribute to organ donors and the dedication of transplant teams in very challenging times. While applauding the continuance of transplantation programmes in very difficult circumstances, Chief Executive of the Irish Kidney Association, Carol […]

Christmas Update from NRO and IKA

By ika | December 18, 2020

We in the Irish Kidney Association would like to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas.   We would like to draw your attention to the attached information notice from the National Renal Office. Patient Guide for COVID 19 Christmas 2020 – Click Here To View While it is disappointing patients with kidney disease are advised to […]

Home Therapies Deliveries: An Update From The NRO

By ika | December 14, 2020

Prior to the COVID pandemic, Baxter delivery drivers would often deliver the pallet load of medical supplies to the room where the patient’s dialysis equipment was located. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns in March 2020, the HSE / Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) advised that delivery of prescriptions and medical material should not cross the […]

NRO position on provision of COVID-19 vaccine to patients with End Stage Kidney Disease

By ika | December 9, 2020

The National Renal Office (NRO) endorses the position taken by other International Nephrology Societies/patient groups regarding the provision of the COVID 19 vaccine for “extremely vulnerable” patients with End Stage Kidney Disease, (patients on renal dialysis, patients waiting to start dialysis and patients who have received a kidney transplant). Click here to view full NRO […]

UK Renal Community Position Statement on Covid-19 Vaccination

By ika | December 4, 2020

Below is an interesting position paper from the renal community in the UK in relation to the Covid-19 vaccination. We are currently working with the National Renal Office to achieve higher prioritisation for renal patients in the delivery of a suitable vaccine (that has been declared suitable for renal patients – people on dialysis and […]

President addresses the Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving

By ika | November 15, 2020

President Michael D. Higgins gave a special address at the 35th Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving on Sunday 15th November 2020. As part of his special message, he said “All of you have enriched and extended the lives of others, have played a vital role in the making possible of new chapters of hope […]

IKA Submission To The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters

By ika | November 13, 2020

The Joint Committee on Disability Matters in the Oireachtas recently invited written submissions from interested groups or individuals to hear about the lived experience of people with disabilities on the issues that affect them and their families and/or carers. These submissions will assist the Committee in what they need to focus on in their role as […]

Pre-recording of the Virtual Service of Remembrance 2020 in Newman Church, Dublin

Virtual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

By ika | November 1, 2020

The Irish Kidney Association’s 1st virtual and 35th Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for organ donors, will be broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio One Extra on Sunday, 15th November 2020 at 11am. Much of the production has already been recorded by Kairos Communications under the direction of producer Fr. Finbarr Treacy. The inter-church […]

Ten Runaway Cats Begin 1320 Km Challenge On All Saints’ Day For IKA

By ika | November 1, 2020

A group of Kilkenny runners have pledged to run 5 kilometres every day throughout November, starting on All Saints’ Day, to honour the memory of the deceased father of one the group and to raise awareness about the plight of people with organ failure and funds for the Irish Kidney Association. The deceased, Patrick Williams […]

Lorraine Costello at the filming of the Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving 2020

A Tribute to Lorraine Costello, Patient Support Officer, on her Retirement

By ika | October 30, 2020

Today, Friday 30th October, is a sad day for the Irish Kidney Association as our much loved and admired Patient Support Officer Lorraine Costello retires. Below is a short tribute, written by IKA founding member and good friend, Angeline Cooke of the Galway branch. We invite you to leave well wishes for Lorraine in the […]

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