Prince County residents to benefit from new dialysis and palliative care units
Changes and upgrades to the dialysis and palliative care units at Western Hospital mean better care close to home for residents in the area.
The hemodialysis unit was renovated to make it bigger and upgraded with a new state-of-the art water system that improves the quality of water used in the dialysis process. For those living with chronic kidney disease and requiring dialysis treatment, these changes mean improved patient privacy, confidentiality and infection prevention and control practices.
In consultation with the community, space that had been used as the palliative care unit was renovated to create the new hemodialysis space.
The Atlantic branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada said the new service will make life easier for kidney patients in western Prince Edward Island.
“Dialysis treatments are needed three to four times each week to sustain life for a person living with end stage renal failure,” said development coordinator Marlene Dorey. “Each treatment last for four to five hours, so having a more modern dialysis unit close to home will have a positive impact on quality of life for these patients.”
To allow for the expansion of the dialysis unit the palliative care unit was moved to a new expanded space in the acute care area of Western Hospital. This renovation means a more comfortable, therapeutic and compassionate environment for patient care during life-limiting illness. There are two new large patient rooms, space dedicated for family, separate kitchen area, and a washroom with a shower.
“The new hemodialysis and palliative care units will see the people living in the West Prince area have access to better and more comfortable health care services. Our government is committed to ensure that Islanders have access to the health care services they need as close to home as possible, with modern and updated technology.”
- Hon. James Aylward, Minister of Health and Wellness
“At Health PEI we are pleased to be able to provide improved services to our hemodialysis and palliative care patients in West Prince,” said Health PEI CEO Denise Lewis Fleming. “Our staff and physicians welcome these new units that will enable them to deliver safe, quality and compassionate care to our patients.”
The Government of Prince Edward Island invested $750,000 from the capital budget to fund the hemodialysis and palliative care projects at the Western Hospital.
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About Provincial Renal Services
The province’s various renal services support 223 Islanders, including 23 in the peritoneal dialysis program, 107 in the hemodialysis program, and 106 in the post-kidney transplant program. An additional 40 Islanders with early onset chronic kidney disease are being closely followed by the provincial program.
Hemodialysis treatment is offered at four locations across the province:
- Souris Dialysis Unit (Souris Hospital) – nine clients receiving treatment; capacity 12
- Charlottetown Hemodialysis Unit (QEH) – 62 clients receiving treatment; capacity 74
- Summerside Hemodialysis Unit (PCH) – 27 clients receiving treatment; capacity 36
- Alberton Dialysis Unit (Western Hospital) – eight clients receiving treatment; capacity eight
About the Provincial Integrated Palliative Care Program
The goal of the Provincial Integrated Palliative Care Program is to enhance client and family quality of life through access to trained, qualified health care teams in the most appropriate setting.
The palliative care team together with the client and family, develops an individual plan of care. The palliative care team includes at minimum a nurse and a physician, and may involve a care coordinator, social worker, spiritual care provider, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, dietitian, home support worker, paramedic, Hospice volunteers, and others depending on assessed needs. Palliative care focuses on prevention, screening of symptoms and a treatment of symptoms.
Palliative care may include medical, nursing and other professional health care that can support clients and families with:
- Understanding their illness and treatment options
- Expressing their wishes and personal goals, and helping to achieve these goals
- Pain and symptom management
- Respite care
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Advance care planning
- Ongoing bereavement support.
Most people want to remain in their home for as long as possible and Health PEI strives to support their wish. In addition to care at home, there are three specialized units across the province where palliative care is provided: The Provincial Palliative Care Centre in Charlottetown; Prince County Hospital in Summerside; and, Community Hospital in O’Leary. There are also designated palliative beds in Western Hospital, Kings County Memorial Hospital, and Souris Hospital.