Patient Transfers to Other Units/Centres

Manitoba Renal Program delivers kidney care at three hospitals in Winnipeg, one hospital in Brandon and 16 sites in rural and northern Manitoba. Your health-care team at these sites includes kidney doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, technologists, therapists, unit clerks and health care attendants. The team may also include medical students and nursing students as well as other students training for a career in healthcare. Some of your team may be on site while others are available by telephone and / or telehealth. All provide the highest standard of care.

While Manitoba Renal Program provides kidney health care for individuals from all across Manitoba, new dialysis patients start their hemodialysis treatment in Winnipeg or Brandon. These hospitals also house emergency start dialysis patients and host dialysis patients who are hospitalized or receiving specialist treatment.

To ensure continued access for new and hospitalized dialysis patients in Winnipeg hospitals, we may transfer other suitable dialysis patients to another dialysis centre. This transfer might be to another dialysis centre in Winnipeg or a dialysis centre in another regional health authority.

Patients being transferred to one of the 16 Local Renal Health Centres are assessed to ensure they are suitable to dialyze in a local centre. Patient care is nurse-managed and nurses consult with physicians weekly and as needed to ensure optimal patient care. When choosing patients to transfer from one dialysis unit to another, the health care team takes into consideration many factors. These can include the patient’s medical stability, length of time the patient has been on dialysis and the patient’s postal code.

We understand that transferring to another site is a change but please know you will still receive the highest quality kidney health care.  All care provided by the program is standardized and coordinated throughout the province.We will do our best to give you as much notice as possible and help you resolve any concerns before the transfer.

We try our best to accommodate your wishes but in order to provide care to all our patients your dialysis times and days, as well as your dialysis unit, may have to change. Thank you for your understanding. Please feel free to speak to any member of your health care team if you have any questions or concerns. You can also speak to a unit manager.