Counselling and Support Service
The BKPA Counselling and Support Service is now in its 4th year and judging by the increasing number of callers, the service continues to offer much needed help and support to patients and their friends and families.
In the last two months alone over 50 new callers have rung in, both for one-off and ongoing support. Whether worried about dialysis options, transplantation or simply managing everyday life, Jacquie Fraser, BKPA's Renal Counsellor, is able to listen and offer help and support to those who have no counselling services in their local kidney unit.
The service which runs two days a week on Tuesday and Wednesday, gives patients and relatives the chance to talk to a trained counsellor about personal issues that are related to kidney disease. The service is free and can be accessed by any patients.
"It may be that someone just has a single question regarding their treatment, diet, transport or benefits, for example, and I may be able to help signpost them in the right direction. Or, I may work with a patient over a number of weeks and even months to address more deep-rooted issues such as anxiety and fear of treatment, bereavement and loss and issues surrounding relationships at home and in the hospital."
Read Jacquie's biog
What our callers said about the benefits of the Counselling Service
"Getting the information I asked for"
"Someone to listen"
"Answering my questions, the ones the doctors keep ignoring"
"Information about benefits and assessments for fitness to work"
"Someone to talk to who's been through a similar experience"
"Relief from anxiety, someone to talk to"
Translating medical words into normal language"
"Someone to share personal feelings with. Who accepts me"
The service is available every Tuesday and Wednesday. Contact Jacquie on Tel 01420 541 424 or via email at Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org