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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Dialysis – Regional Renal Program

St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s Regional Renal Program operates out of two locations and is one of 26 designated Regional Programs in the Greater Toronto Area.

Haemodialysis is provided at both the Health Centre and at the Community Renal Centre (satellite location on 1020 Islington Avenue).

The program offers a comprehensive range of services for patients at risk of kidney failure or who are in the later stages of kidney disease. Our interprofessional team works with patients and their families with the goal of managing their health to delay the need for kidney replacement treatment (dialysis or kidney transplant) and to educate them on kidney replacement options if required.

For more information, contact us:

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Community Renal Centre (located at 1020 Islington Avenue)

For more information about kidney disease, please visit the Ontario Renal Network’s website.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s Regional Dialysis Program focuses on innovative strategies to achieve exceptional patient and family care in kidney disease. Our interprofessional healthcare team provides supportive patient- and family-centred care in the treatment of kidney disease.

The Regional Dialysis Program provides the following services:

  • In-centre full care haemodialysis both at the Health Centre and at the Community Renal Centre (satellite location on 1020 Islington Avenue).
  • 24 hour emergency haemodialysis at the Health Centre.
  • Referral and preparation for kidney transplant with our partner organizations University Health Network and St Michael’s Hospital.
  • Limited haemodialysis provision (by prior arrangement) for haemodialysis patients visiting/vacationing in Toronto.

Our interprofessional care team includes:

  • A team leader who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the haemodialysis unit including patient treatment schedules. They also support the provision of patient- and family-centred care through interprofessional collaboration.
  • Social worker who provides assessment and appropriate interventions to aid the haemodialysis patient in achieving optimum quality of life.
  • Dietitian who provides diet assessment and teaching for the haemodialysis patient.
  • Pharmacist who conducts regular medication reviews and teaching.
  • Nurses who provide care that is guided by evidence-informed best practices, and collaborates with the nephrologist who helps patients with the diagnosis and management of kidney disease, providing them with high quality, and safe patient- and family-centred care.
  • Technologists who are responsible for regular maintenance and repair of dialysis machines.
  • Non-registered technician who is responsible for machine set up, and assists the nurses with non-nursing tasks.
  • Registration clerk who is responsible for registration of haemodialysis patients, and verifies that all patient demographic information is current and correctly entered in the hospital system.

When preparing for your appointment, please keep the following in mind:

  • Remember to bring your health card to each appointment to present to the registration clerk at the front desk.
  • Once registered, you will wait until you are called into the unit by the nurse. To help pass time during treatment, you may bring reading material or electronic devices such as tablets or iPads.
  • We discourage patients from eating during treatment, but a light snack for diabetic patients is permitted.

The Home Dialysis Program focuses on implementing innovative, creative and individualized strategies in the process of counseling and training patients and their families to support dialysis modalities in the comfort of patients’ own homes.

The program provides:

  • Interprofessional team collaboration in the management, treatment, education, training and support of patients wishing to perform dialysis in their home: both home peritoneal dialysis and home haemodialysis.
  • Referral and preparation for kidney transplant with our partners at University Health Network and St Michael’s Hospital.

For more information,  please contact us at 416-530-6787.

Our interprofessional care team includes:

  • Home dialysis nurse who provides primary nursing care guided by evidence-informed best practices and collaborates with the nephrologist and interprofessional team to deliver high quality, safe patient- and family-centred care.
  • Social worker who provides assessment and appropriate interventions to aid the home dialysis patient in achieving optimum quality of life.
  • Dietitian who provides diet assessment and teaching.
  • Pharmacist who conducts regular medication reviews and teaching.
  • Registration clerk who is responsible for registration of patients, and verifies that all patient demographic information is current and correctly entered in the hospital system.

Click here for more information on dialysis at home.

The Renal Management Clinic focuses on innovative strategies to achieve exceptional patient and family care through the continuum of kidney disease.

An interprofessional team comprised of nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, a pharmacist and social worker, assesses patients who are in the later stages of kidney failure.

The team works with patients and their families with the goal of managing their health to delay the progression of kidney disease, and the subsequent need for renal replacement therapy (dialysis or kidney transplant) through one-on-one and group education sessions. Patients and families are also educated on the various renal replacement therapy options and supported through informed decision making if a renal replacement therapy needs to be initiated.

The Renal Management Clinic provides the following services:

  • Education and support to patients with chronic kidney disease and their caregivers.
  • Referral and preparation for kidney transplant with our partners at University Health Network and St Michael’s Hospital.
  • Vascular access clinics once a month.

When you come for your appointment, please remember to bring your health card. For more information, please contact us at 416-530-6288.

Our interprofessional care team includes:

  • Nurses who are responsible for the assessment and education of the patient with kidney disease and collaborates with the interprofessional team in the development of a treatment plan.
  • Independent dialysis coordinator who provides modality education to patients in the later stages of kidney disease.
  • Nurse clinician who provides dialysis body access education to patients in the later stages of kidney disease and assists vascular surgeons in monthly vascular access clinics.
  • Social worker who provides assessment and appropriate interventions to aid the kidney patient in achieving optimum quality of life.
  • Dietitian who provide diet assessment and teaching for the patient in the later stages of kidney disease.
  • Pharmacist who conducts regular medication reviews and teaching.
  • Registration clerk who are responsible for registration of patients, and verifies that all patient demographic information is current and correct in the hospital system.

Click here for more information on dialysis body access.

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