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Renal Dialysis unit moves ahead

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) has taken another step toward the creation of a Renal Dialysis Unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan to serve residents in South Eastern Saskatchewan.

The SCHRA Board of Directors voted at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 1 to accept the lowest bid for renovations on the second floor of St. Joseph's Hospital.

CCR Construction Ltd of Regina was awarded the tender of $993,790.

"The board is very pleased to move this project forward for the people in southeastern Saskatchewan," says Earl Kickley, chair of the Authority.

He said construction will take five or six months from the time it begins.

Earl says SCHRA management will meet with staff over the next month to discuss the specialized training required for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and other health professionals required in the Dialysis Unit.

SCHRA is expecting a 12-week training period in the new year for those nursing staff chosen to work in the Dialysis Unit.

The Dialysis Unit is designed to provide six dialysis machines. It will operate three days each week and serve 12 clients each week.

The Unit will be operated as a satellite of Regina General Hospital. A nephrologist from Regina General will determine which patients can be treated in the Estevan unit.

For more information, please call Earl Kickley, Chair of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority at 487-2463.

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