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Regional dialysis service expanding

Sun Country Health Region is pleased to announce plans to expand the regional hemodialysis service.

“We have received approval from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health to expand our service and we’re very happy to have started the recruiting and plan for training to occur in the new year,” says Cal Tant, President and CEO Sun Country Health Region.

“We will increase the number of patients served to 18, from the current 12, by March 2010. It will mean more of our residents will be able to receive hemodialysis closer to home,” he says.   

Saskatchewan Health will provide $136,000 in one-time funding for equipment and training, in addition to $365,000 in annual operating funding.

“We want to make it easier for patients to access the health services they need,” Health Minister Don McMorris said.

“This expansion will mean less travel time, expenses and stress for southeastern Saskatchewan people who need hemodialysis several times a week.”

The regional dialysis unit - located in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan - opened in November 2007. It operates three days per week, serving patients from the area who previously traveled to Regina for treatment.

Estevan’s site is the eighth hemodialysis satellite in the province. The others are in Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford, Moose Jaw and Tisdale.  Dialysis units in Saskatoon and Regina serve about 75 per cent of Saskatchewan’s Renal Dialysis patients, and act as the home units for the satellite sites. Regina is the home unit for the SCHR site.

The staff at the site also provide services to patients with chronic renal insufficiency, which may lead to kidney failure. Members of the Chronic Management Team work with those patients to help them better manage their conditions in order to prevent them from eventually needing dialysis.

Media: For more information, please call Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, Sun Country Health Region, 842-8353.

Posted Dec. 18.  







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