The Ipswich and District Kidney Association - more usually refered to as "IDKA" - is a registered charity set up about 25 years ago by a group of patients who wanted to give something back to the hospital that had made such a difference to their lives and also to help newly diagnosed patients come to terms with their situation. Our aim is still to help improve the lives of people suffering from kidney disease and we try to acheive this through providing items of equipment not available through the NHS, providing entertainment systems and heaters to make time on dialysis more bearable and by providing welfare grants where financial hardship is as a direct result of kidney disease. We also organise social activities and our Annual General Meeting has developed into a spectacular family fun day.
Local Kidney Patients Associations (KPAs) similar to IDKA formed all over the country and from these grew the National Kidney Federation which promotes best practice in renal medicine and treatment at a National level, getting involved directly with the government and the NHS. The NKF also provides support and advice services and IDKA works closely with them and similar National organisations to stay abreast of current developments. Membership of IDKA automatically provides membership to the NKF and access to their publications.
We hope that this website will help to make you aware of IDKA and what we do - please checkout any links to the left of the page. If you have any questions please contact us and if you have any ideas for improving the site or developing IDKA we would be glad to hear them. If you have any special skills that could help to acheive any of those goals and could occasionally spare a few hours - even better!