Brandon Regional Health Centre’s Dialysis Unit Now Operating Seven Days a Week

In response to increased need for hemodialysis spots in Manitoba, the Brandon Regional Health Center (BRHC) renal unit became the first unit in Manitoba to move to Sunday dialysis. This is being accomplished without any additional equipment or beds. The addition of Sunday shifts allows the BRHC 18 bed renal unit to increase a total of one patient per machine.  This means Brandon is accommodating an additional 18 patients.  Currently 114 patients are receiving dialysis per week.

The transition required some realigning of patient schedules as well as unit staff.  Although not an easy process the dedication to meet this demand was a team effort.  The seven days a week schedule begin in May. “Thank you to the patients and staff for working together to facilitate this innovative and fiscally responsible way to continue to provide quality care to all those who need it,” Kim Wallis, Manager for Ambulatory Care at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Brandon is the only unit operating seven days a week. Other units in Manitoba operate six days a week with two to three daily shifts of dialysis treatments.

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