Dialysis unit to open this summer
Kamloops-North Thompson Liberal MLA Terry Lake (left) talks with Paula Jones, the Interior Health Authority’s regional director for renal services, at the future home of a new community dialysis unit as the pair reviewed ongoing renovations to the project on Friday, March 1. The unit, at 797 Tranquille Rd., is expected to start seeing patients sometime in the summer and will deal with stable kidney patients requiring treatment, something they now must access at Royal Inland Hospital.
The model to be used at the centre is based on one in Penticton that was designed to help patients increase their own participation in their care. It will use a patient self-management model designed to help patients increase independence and gain more control over their health.
The centre is being paid for by the B.C. Renal Agency and operated by Interior Health Authority. Dr. Adeera Levin, the agency’s executive director, said “research clearly demonstrates that the more involved a person is in his or her own care, the better the results.”
About $1 million in renovations is required to turn the site into an eight-station unit with consultation and exam rooms, education space and a central nursing and reception area.