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New dialysis unit on its way

The Interior Health Authority has issued an invitation to tender for the renovation and light construction work required for the new community dialysis unit (CDU) in Kamloops.

The new CDU, planned for a centrally located leased space on the North Shore, was announced this past summer. Funded by the BC Renal Agency and operated by the IHA, it will allow stable kidney patients access to renal services outside of Royal Inland Hospital.

The unit will incorporate an “involved-care” patient self-management model, which allows patients to gradually increase their level of independence within a supportive environment, leading to improved quality of life and physical and mental well-being.

The 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,” said IHA board chairman Norman Embree.

The invitation to tender is expected to close in mid-January and the contract will be awarded toward the end of the month.

Construction will begin in February.

 

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