Welcome to Doncaster and Bassetlaw Kidney Association

Kidney disease is a non-communicable disease (NCD) and currently affects around 850 million people worldwide. One in ten adults has chronic kidney disease (CKD). The global burden of CKD is increasing, and is projected to become the 5th most common cause of years of life lost globally by 2040.


January 2020


Doncaster and Bassetlaw Kidney Association (DaBKA) have donated £25,000 to the Renal Outpatients units at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, to add to hospital funds in order to purchase three new vascular scanners.


The state-of-the-art Sonosite scanners are used in the departments to scan haemodialysis patients. They use ultrasound technology to enable nursing staff to gain a clear view of a patient’s fistulas in order to improve needle insertions and patient experience during cannulation, which is an essential part of dialysis.


A fistula is a surgical joining together of an artery and a vein to create a high-volume reservoir of blood. When needled, this allows cleaning and return of blood through a dialysis machine.


The three new scanner will be stationed in each of the Trust's dialysis units, meaning patients across Doncaster and Bassetlaw will see the benefits.


The new machines are also set to benefit staff, being much easier to use, standing at eye-level with a touch screen and having the ability to store images.


Vicky Fairclough / Debbie Starbuck, Renal Specialist Nurse at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: "This additional equipment will ensure that all of our haemodialysis patients benefit from a constant, ultrasound guided service. DaBKA are very supportive towards our quality improvement ideas and they always work tirelessly to help us provide the right assistance to our patients. We'd like to thank them for their continued support."


Sean Starbuck, Chairman of DaBKA, said: "We have supported the renal units at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals for over 12 years now. We'd like to thank anyone who donated, and those that have given their time over the years. We're just pleased that it will make a difference to local renal patients."

Seen above receiving the scanners on behalf of the hospital renal unit is: Dr Ian Stott, together with some of the staff from the unit, and some of the fundraisers who helped with raising the money required, including Tom Thorpe from Endeavour Martial Arts, Staff Sister Vicky Fairclough and Rebecca Stevenson who couldn't attend and members of the DaBKA committee.


On behalf of DaBKA, many thanks to everyone who came along and those who support the charity from the members and patients, everyone who has donated, done sponsored events, purchased raffle tickets or attended any of our events. 


You all made this possible. 


Thank you. 

Set up in 2007, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association helps kidney patients, their families and carers live with renal disease, from pre-dialysis through to transplant.


The patients we help are mainly treated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Dearne Valley and Bassetlaw Dialysis Units, Sheffield Northern General Hospital, and Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham. 


DaBKA is run entirely on a voluntary basis for the benefit of renal patients.  We provide information and support to patients, their families and carers.  One of our aims is to raise public awareness of the importance of organ donation


We give emotional and practical support to local kidney patients and signpost patients to appropraite agencies. 


We provide equipment to benefit patients above and beyond what the NHS can afford. 


DaBKA have funded many projects including: a TV in renal outpatients, urinalysis monitors, doppler scanners, information leaflets and DVD's for new patients, day trips, social events and Christmas party to name but a few.


We also provide local kidney patients with a free blood pressure monitor.  Checking your own blood pressure is one of the ways in which you can help keep control of kidney problems and alert your renal team if the readings are different from usual. 


DaBKA offers small financial grants for patients in urgent need.  We have issued grants for essential items such as food and replacement essential white goods. 


Free fistula wristbands are available to our patients.  These help alert medical staff that you are a renal patient with a fistula, hopefully in emergency medical situation, this band will prevent the use of the fistula arm, thus preventing damage to the fistula. 


We always welcome new members to the team, if you are interested in joining the DaBKA team, please contact us.


DaBKA are a registered charity, number 1123780


If you'd like to become a member, need any information or would like to get involved in any way, please contact us.




Membership is free, just contact us for more information.