“Kidney disease is a growing problem across Canada, particularly in Manitoba. In fact, Manitoba has the highest rate of kidney disease in the country. One in 10 Manitobans has some degree of kidney disease.” Manitoba Renal Program
In response to the increased need for hemodialysis spots in Manitoba, the Brandon Regional Health Center (BRHC) Renal unit became the first unit in Manitoba to move to Sunday dialysis. The increase in days is being accomplished without any additional equipment or beds.
The addition of Sunday shifts allows the BRHC 18 bed renal unit to increase a total of one patient per machine, meaning Brandon is accommodating an additional 18 patients. Currently, 114 patients are receiving dialysis per week.
The transition required some realigning of patient schedules as well as unit staff. Although not an easy process the dedication to meet this demand was a team effort. The seven days a week schedule began in May.
Kim Wallis is the Manager for Ambulatory Care at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, “Thank you to the patients and staff for working together to facilitate this innovative and fiscally responsible way to continue to provide quality care to all those who need it.”
Reference: Manitoba Renal Program