Construction of new renal clinic underway
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More Islanders with chronic kidney disease will benefit from improved kidney care thanks to a new Provincial Renal Clinic.
The provincial government – through its capital budget – is investing $2.1 million to construct the new clinic, which will be more spacious and better equipped than the current facility. With design complete, construction begins at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) next week and is expected to take about nine months.
“We have built a Provincial Renal Program in recent years that supports Islanders living with chronic kidney disease,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Mitchell said. “The new Provincial Renal Clinic will ensure the growing number of Islanders diagnosed with this disease will have better access to the supports, resources, and life-sustaining care they need when they need it, and right here on PEI.”
Once up and running, the new clinic will support the growth within existing provincial renal services, such as peritoneal dialysis and post-kidney transplant care, as well as better support Islanders with early onset chronic kidney disease. The existing renal clinic operates in a shared space in the QEH’s Ambulatory Care Centre with just four patient care rooms.
The new 6,000 square-foot clinic will include eight patient care/exam rooms as well as a dedicated waiting room and reception area, patient training room, family conference room, clinical work space, meeting rooms, offices for program staff, and storage space for renal equipment.
”Previous investments made in the important life-saving renal services we offer is making a real difference in our patients’ quality of life, while also reducing the burden of kidney disease for hundreds of Islanders and their families,” said Dr. Derek Chaudhary, nephrologist and Provincial Renal Program medical director. “We are very much looking forward to having a new, modern, and spacious clinic that will afford our team the ability to see more patients daily and will provide us with the important teaching space we need to help our patients manage their kidney disease.”
The province’s various renal services support 240 Islanders including 18 in the peritoneal dialysis program, 119 in the hemodialysis program, and 103 in the post-kidney transplant program. Another 30 Islanders with early onset chronic kidney disease are being closely followed monthly by the provincial program.
For more information about the Provincial Renal Program and its services, visit www.healthpei.ca/dialysis.
Other provincial government investments in renal health in recent years include:
- adding an evening shift at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital hemodialysis unit to address the growing need for service in this region, increasing capacity from 58 to 67 patients;
- establishing peritoneal dialysis and post-kidney transplant programs;
- hiring dedicated staff to the Provincial Renal Program to support existing and new programs, including a pharmacist, registered nurses, a social worker, and dietitian;
- hiring a full-time nurse practitioner to the Provincial Renal Program to work in collaboration with nephrologists, assisting with patient triage and more timely access to renal clinic care;
- relocating the Provincial Renal Program offices to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital;
- renovating and upgrading the Souris dialysis unit, increasing treatment capacity from 10 to 12 patients; and
- building new hemodialysis units at the Queen Elizabeth and Prince County hospitals, increasing the number of patient treatment spaces at both sites.