Ontario improves access to dialysis in Hastings County with up to $4,899,600 for clinic expansion

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022

BELLEVILLE – The Ontario government has approved Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s application to expand the Belleville Satellite Dialysis Unit and it will provide one-time capital funding of up to $4,899,600 to support the project, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington announced today.

The renovations to the approximately 6,766-square-foot leased space will increase the number of dialysis stations by five to 20 and increase space to provide training for peritoneal and home dialysis services.  

The project addresses a growing need for hemodialysis in Hastings County. The unit operates at near full capacity now and projections indicate demand will increase by 15 per cent within the next decade, considering population growth and aging demographics.  There is also the potential that some residents now travelling to Napanee or Kingston for appointments at Multi-Care Kidney Clinics will be able to receive care in Belleville.

“Our government believes health care works best for patients when they can receive the appropriate care closer to home,” said Smith. “This significant investment in the Belleville Satellite Dialysis Unit ensures the residents of our region relying on dialysis will have convenient access to the modern facilities they need. We have listened to their wishes.”

Kramp credited KHSC for its leadership in planning for increased demand.

“Kingston Health Sciences Centre is a leader for health care in this province. Two weeks ago in Kingston, we announced an upgrade to the renal care there with a new satellite dialysis unit in Kingston as the existing Kingston General Hospital facility nears full capacity. Their planning skills are shown once again here in Belleville with this satellite upgrade,” Kramp said. “KHSC shows they put patients first and understand how to make things happen before there are capacity issues.”

The hospital’s representatives were pleased the plans they developed with local health-care stakeholders garnered the Province’s support.

“We are grateful for this support from the provincial government, MPP Smith, and MPP Kramp to expand the dialysis treatment and enhance resources for people in the Quinte area living with chronic kidney disease,” said Dr. Renate Ilse, KHSC Chief Operating Officer.

Brenda Carter, KHSC’s Executive Vice-President of Quality and Partnerships and Regional VP of Cancer Care, added: “Working collaboratively with patients and families and our partners in government, at Quinte Health Care and in the community has brought us here today and it is how we help improve the health-care experiences and outcomes of those we serve.  The funding announced today will ensure that we continue to deliver more care closer to people’s homes and meet the demand for dialysis and other multidisciplinary care in the Quinte area for many years to come.”

QUICK FACTS

  • Renal care in Ontario is delivered regionally with 12 hospitals, like KHSC, acting as hub sites. They also oversee satellite facilities, such as those in Belleville and Picton. To learn more about the plan for renal care, please visit ontariorenalnetwork.ca.
  • Leading up to the release of the most recent Ontario Renal Plan in 2019, the number of people requiring dialysis had grown by an average of 2.3 per cent per year and nearly 12,000 Ontario residents were receiving chronic dialysis. The demand for at-home dialysis has also been increasing steadily in recent years.
  • Ontario’s overall investments in health continue to increase. In 2021-2022, the Ministry of Health budget has increased to more than $77 billion, which represents a 14.6-per-cent increase over the budget for 2020-2021.