The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) has been designated a Peritoneal Dialysis Centre of Practice (PD COP) by the Ontario Renal Network (ORN); becoming just one of two referral centres in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) for patients to receive timely PD catheter insertion in order to start home peritoneal dialysis.
“We are exceptionally proud to be selected as a Peritoneal Dialysis Centre of Practice,” said Ethel Doyle, Patient Care Director, Nephrology, Diabetes Education, Cardiology, Ambulatory Respirology and Family Medicine Teaching Unit at TSH.
“TSH prides itself on providing rapid, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to all of our dialysis patients, including pre-operative education and consultation, as well as having a designated surgeon for peritoneal dialysis catheterizations who specializes in less invasive laparoscopic peritoneal dialysis catheter insertions. As a Peritoneal Dialysis Centre of Practice, patients and family members will know they are receiving the very best care from a highly specialized health care team.”
PD is a daily treatment in which a special dialysis fluid bathes the space in the abdomen and removes toxins, excess water and wastes from the body. The PD catheter is a plastic flexible tube that is placed into the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen by a surgeon and allows PD to be carried out. It is a life-saving treatment that patients can carry out themselves, or with the help of family members or community providers.
“Designating Peritoneal Dialysis Centres of Practice delivers on the strategic priorities for action we have outlined in the Ontario Renal Plan, including improving access for dialysis patients and improving the uptake of independent dialysis,” said Rebecca Harvey, Vice President, ORN.
“With one of the largest Regional Nephrology programs in North America and one of the largest home dialysis and Chronic Kidney Disease programs in the province, TSH was a natural choice to become a Peritoneal Dialysis Centre of Practice for the Central East LHIN.”
TSH’s Nephrology and Dialysis program is one of 26 Regional Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) programs in Ontario and one of three Regional CKD programs within the Central East LHIN. The program has a 53 hemodialysis station main unit at TSH’s General campus and three hemodialysis satellite sites. The program also has linkages with St. Michael’s Hospital for transplantation and strong community partnerships, which provide care and support to nephrology patients within Scarborough.
For more information on TSH’s Nephrology and Dialysis program, visit the TSH website.