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New community dialysis unit to improve kidney care in Kamloops area

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For Immediate Release 

Interior Health and the BC Renal Agency are pleased to announce a new Community Dialysis Unit (CDU) for Kamloops, which will allow stable kidney patients access to care outside of Royal Inland Hospital.  

“Current and future patients in Kamloops and the surrounding area will benefit from dialysis services as close to home as possible,” says Kamloops North Thompson MLA Terry Lake. “The introduction of a dialysis unit in the community is great news.”

Funded by the BCRA and operated by Interior Health, the new CDU is expected to open in spring 2013 in a centrally located leased space on the North Shore.   

“We know the incidence of kidney disease is on the rise, and it’s critical that we have the capacity to provide life saving dialysis care to patients in the Kamloops area,” says Kamloops South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger. “At the same time, we recognize the hospital is not the ideal location for many people to receive their dialysis treatments.”

The new unit will feature eight dialysis stations, plus space for additional stations to meet future need.   

The unit will incorporate an “Involved Care”/patient self management model, which empowers patients to gradually increase their level of independence within a supportive environment, leading to improved quality of life and physical and mental well being. This model offers an opportunity for patients to set individual goals, learn new skills and gain control over their health.  

“We are really excited to be working with the BC Renal Agency to provide this specialized service in the community,” says Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree. “The self management model will help patients live as independent and healthy a life as possible – something we are always striving to achieve.”

“The Interior Health Renal Program is a leader provincially in the adoption of this innovative model of care,” says Dr. Adeera Levin, Executive Director of the BC Renal Agency. “The involved care unit in Penticton received a 2010 BC Patient Safety and Quality Council award, and I’m confident this new  program will improve the lives of dialysis patients in the Kamloops area. ”

The design of the Kamloops CDU will align with national standards, to feature:  

 Dialysis stations: Upon opening, eight stations will be equipped and operational, with space reserved for additional bays to meet future capacity. Seven stations will be open and one will offer extra privacy.  

 A multipurpose consultation/training room for patient and family consultations with nursing staff and visiting clinicians, family case conferences, group education sessions, and team conferences with tele/video conferencing capability;

 A multipurpose exam/consultation room for one-on-one patient exams, consultations, and training;  

 Nursing area: A combined nursing and reception area to act as a central hub for nursing care; and

 A Biomed/ Reverse Osmosis supply room: These two areas will provide space for the maintenance of the dialysis machines and dedicated space for a full heat sanitized Reverse Osmosis water system.

"Interior Health has self management/home dialysis rates averaging nearly 40 per cent - well above the provincial goal of 32 per cent," says Interior Health Renal Medical Director Dr. Marie Michaud. “The introduction of this dialysis unit in the community, with its strong focus on  education, will help our patients develop even further independence. Helping patients achieve self management and home dialysis means greater freedom, more control of their schedules and ultimately a better quality of life.”  

Interior Health has posted a Request for Proposals this month to secure design services for the necessary renovation work within the leased space.  

Media Contacts:

Erin Toews, Interior Health
Phone: 250-314-2100 ext. 3750

Patrick Blennerhassett, Provincial Health Services Authority
​Phone: 604-675-7416




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