Patient Support

When diagnosed with End Stage Kidney Disease it is often not just your physical well-being that changes; your ability to carry on your work and engage with society in the way you have in the past may also change. This is where our Patient Support Team can help.

Fiona Aherne, Patient Support Manager
Fiona Aherne, Patient Support Manager

Patient Support Team

Based at IKA headquarters, working closely with the Chief Executive, the Patient Support Team offer a unique service supporting patients and their families experiencing the practical challenges of living with End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD). Navigating a path of social welfare entitlements and medical cards can be extremely daunting for a patient and/or their families. The patient support team’s aim is to help identify the most appropriate support for each patient/family ensuring both their long and short-term needs are being addressed. This can often require referrals onwards to other agencies such as the Department of Social Protection and other patient organisations.


Edina Csibi, Patient Support Assistant
Edina Csibi, Patient Support Assistant

HSE Living Donor Reimbursement Policy

This policy has been adopted to address the issue of the costs incurred by donors participating in the Living Donor Programme in Ireland during the pre-operative and post-operative period. The implementation of this policy is intended to minimise financial disincentives for potential living donors, with a view to ensuring the pool of living kidney donors continues to expand.*

(* taken verbatim from the Department of Health)

Claiming Health Expenses

The Med 1 Form is no longer available. Health expenses are claimed through your tax return form. You can claim relief on health expenses after the year has ended, and must have receipts to accompany your claim.

Kidney patients can claim relief, in addition to normal health expenses, for costs related to travelling for dialysis or the utilities required for home dialysis machines.


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