Medical Social Work department has 2 arms namely patient welfare & transplant co-ordination. Patient welfare activities are fund raising for under privileged patients liason with philanthropists & other charitable trusts distributing medicines & I.V.Fluids to the needy, sickness certificates for leave etc. special certificates of expenses, organizing periodic recreational activities for dialysis patients. As the patients suffering from chronic renal failure(CRF) and End Stage Renal Disease(ESRD) are undergoing treatment, information about current medical condition is obtained, which enables MSW to make realistic plans for patients and his/her family to come to terms with all aspects (medical, financial & psychosocial) of illness & its treatment. Various strategies for coping with the disease are required to be designed for the patient considering his/her unique situation and availability of family support. Transplant co-ordination involves the counseling of kidney transplant recipient & kidney donor, preparing them for the major surgery. Transplant Co-ordinator is always prepared to mobilize co-ordination of cadaver donation and transplantation in case of emergency.
- Every year patients are encouraged to participate in Patriotic song competition organized by Sanskar Bharti, Nadiad.
- On the occasion of “World Kidney Day” kidney diseases awareness programmers are organized and cadaver donor families are felicitated.
- Make –A-Wish foundation fulfills the wishes of pediatric patients undergoing transplant. The young boy received a gift of computer.Organized silver jubilee felicitation of transplant recipients & transplant donors.
- Preparing patient education information Booklets “A second chance… Donate Kidneys & help save lives!”, 2nd edition is released
- Award for paper presentation in transplant co-ordintor meet organized by Mohan Foundation, Hyderabad.
- More than 10 crores raised for patient treatment.
- Well known Bhajan Singer from Ahmedabad Smt.Namrataben Shodhan regularly renders melodious Bhajan concerts for patients. Herself & her Satsang Parivar have contributed Rs.6,43,252/- for patient Welfare.
- Miss Niketa Ghiya : Kumari Niketa Ghiya, who is undergoing maintenance haemodialysis at MPUH, is a different personality of her own. Even though she herself is going through physical discomfort, Kumari Niketa has been on a life-giving mission. For generating funds for the poor dialysis patients of the hospital, she is actively organizing several charity shows and has so far collected over Rs.75 lakhs for the benefit of dialysis patients. She is excellent example of self-less social service.
- Dr.Mrs.Sujata Rajapurkar supervises students undergoing training in social work.
- Dr.Mrs.Sujata Rajapurkar has delivered more than 50 lectures has 3 National & 2 international publications.
Patient Education Program:
The education Program for ESRD patients mainly focuses on promoting health and good quality of life as well as reducing behavior induced disease outcomes. Exposure to knowledge will melt away the barriers of ignorance, prejudices and misconceptions the patients and of their relations may have about ESRD and kidney transplantation. The lectures by experts are arranged over a span of 4 to 8 days once a month, repeated regularly throughout the year.
Advantages of the patient education program:
The patients are helped to deal with stresses and find suitable ways to cope with them.
- The awareness about kidney disease is spread among the patient population.
- The patient gets acquainted with the treatment options i.e which mode of treatment to select.
- He learns about donor selection-rejection criteria and protocol for donor selection.
- Kidney donors are made aware about the safety of kidney donation.
- Family members are motivated and encouraged to donate their kidney to their relatives who is suffering from ESRD.
- Kidney donors are prepared psychologically for various laboratory and other tests before kidney donation and shown a film about the scar and other temporary inconveniences he/she may face during the surgery.
- The patient visualises the kidney transplant surgery. He gains knowledge about possible complications that may occur during or after transplant and their treatment.
- The patient is reassured and support in peritreatment period is always available for the patient. This facilitates in preparing the patient psychologically and obtaining patient’s co-operation in case of a problem.
- The patients and his family members meet many other patients and their relatives who are also waiting to undergo transplant. Thus the information and concern are shared and a bond of togetherness is created.
- The discussion with the expert permits patients to verbalize, express and ventilate their feelings.
- The patient is prepared to set a routine, observe temperature, blood pressure and intake output chart. This helps in detecting any problem at its inception.
- The patient is educated regarding regular medications, not missing a single dose of medicine and not altering any dose without consulting his doctor and always keeping adequate stock of medicines, particularly during holidays.
- The patient is helped in planning towards resuming his previous work to become a useful citizen and a useful family member.
- Kidney donors are psychologically prepared for the loss of the transplanted kidney in an occasional recipient, in case of rejection or some other complication.
- Family members are helped to plan for long-term hospitalisation, for stay in the hospital and outside the hospital.
- The relatives are encouraged to take turns in attending to patient’s need while the treatment is going on so that emotional and psychological support is always available for the patient. This helps to strengthen the patient’s emotional well-being.
The involvement of multi-disciplinary team can make a difference in giving compassionate care to ESRD patients.