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The Christchurch Kidney Society (Inc.)
Patient Support Group

The Christchurch Kidney Society (CKS) was formed in 1973, initially as the New Zealand Kidney, Dialysis and Transplant Society). The aim was to provide support for patients and families of patients, who were either approaching or had already, reached end-stage renal failure including those who had received a successful transplant.

The CKS is run by a committee of volunteers who all have connections with renal disease, either as patients or medical professionals.

We are proud to have a close working relationship with the Nephrology Department at Christchurch Hospital and Kidney Health New Zealand. We also network with other renal patient support groups around New Zealand.

Services for our Members:

  • Mobile Dialysis Unit – this is a campervan fitted with a dialysis machine that allows patients to travel.
  • Newsletters – we produce a regular newsletter with information, news and invitations to both education meetings and social occasions.
  • Kidney Information Centre (KIC) – a drop-in centre for patients and public alike, providing information, support and fellowship.
  • Hospital Visiting – a programme run by the field worker who visits patients in the hospital to provide personal support.
  • Field Officer/Field Worker – available via the KIC to provide support and information by telephone or in person. 
  • Comfort Items – such as care packs, videos, radios and similar items for the use of patients in the hospital or at the Home Dialysis Training Centre
  • Youth Support – The“CKS, Graeme Cox Youth Education Trust” assists with the provision of education and educational aids to young people who are members of, or whose families are members of the Society and are disadvantaged in their education by chronic kidney disease. Application forms are available from the KIC & CKS.

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