For Immediate Release
New North Shore Dialysis Unit to Offer Improved Access for Kidney Care
Kamloops - Interior Health has issued an invitation to tender for the renovation and light construction work required for the new Community Dialysis Unit (CDU) in Kamloops.
"This next step towards project completion is great news for the growing number of Kamloops residents affected by kidney disease," says Kamloops North Thompson MLA Terry Lake.
The new CDU, planned for a centrally located leased space on the North Shore, was announced this summer. Funded by the BC Renal Agency and operated by Interior Health, it will allow stable kidney patients access to renal services outside of Royal Inland Hospital.
"Our focus is to provide sustainable services in the right place at the right time and in the right setting," says Kamloops South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger. "Today's announcement marks an exciting step forward in the development of dialysis services within the community."
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.
"By offering patient centered care in the community setting we are addressing the increasing need for dialysis services and ensuring those services are accessible," says Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree.
"Research clearly demonstrates that the more involved a person is in his or her own care, the better the results," says Dr. Adeera Levin, Executive Director of the BC Renal Agency. "The involved care model, which has proven successful in Penticton, allows patients to increase participation in their dialysis care at their own pace and level of ability."
Since the original announcement in July this year, architects have been finalizing the design. The new Kamloops CDU features:
- Eight Hemodialysis stations, with an additional two stations designated for patient education and training.
- A multipurpose room for consultations with tele/video conferencing capability;
- An exam room for one-on-one patient exams, consultations, and training;
- A combined nursing and reception area to act as a central hub for nursing care;
- And, service areas in the rear of the building to provide space for the maintenance of the dialysis machines and dedicated space for a full heat sanitized Reverse Osmosis water system.
The invitation to tender is expected to close in mid-January and the contract will be awarded towards the end of the month. Construction will begin in February.
Detailed timelines will be established with the contractor but the new CDU is expected to open by summer 2013.
Erin Toews, Communications
Phone: 250-314-2100 ext. 3750 or 250-574-1523
Patrick Blennerhassett, Communications
Provincial Health Services Authority