A NEW paediatric renal ward at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow has been named the the Kidney Kids Scotland ward in recognition of the charity’s work with the hospital over the last 16 years.
Kidney Kids Scotland was founded as a charitable trust in 2000 and is the only Scottish Charity supporting children with renal and urological conditions and their families.
As well as providing direct support to families all over Scotland, Kidney Kids supports hospitals across the country, with strong links to the Royal Hospital for children’s in Glasgow.
At the moment children who require Haemodialysis treatment have to travel to Glasgow three times a week for approximately three hours at a time, no matter what their postcode in Scotland.
This treatment is a lifeline for these children and it is therefore priority for Kidney Kids Scotland to give support to the Haemodialysis Unit in Glasgow. Kidney Kids Scotland has supplied every Haemodialysis Machine in the Unit and the Charity makes it a priority to update and replace these machines as and when needed.
The walls of the ward are furnished with artwork, featuring the charity’s ‘Kidney Kid’ who has taken the shape of various inspiring characters created for Kidney Kids Scotland by Scottish artist Mia Pelletier. It creates a bright and cheerful environment for children who are staying in the ward or coming in to undergo haemodialysis. The charity would like to thank The Big Lottery and Awards for All Scotland for funding towards this project.
Kidney Kids Scotland manager Sheena Dunsmore said: “Kidney Kids Scotland are very honoured that the ward have chosen to recognise the charity in such a wonderful way. It is fantastic to see our logo in so many inspiring characters and see the difference it has made to the children and their families who attend the ward. The artwork will also massively raise the awareness of Kidney Kids Scotland letting families know we are here to help.”
Since July 2000 Kidney Kids Scotland has distributed over one and a half million pounds towards the treatment of children in Scotland suffering from renal and urology problems.