MORE HEMODIALYSIS PATIENTS RECEIVING TREATMENT IN SWIFT CURRENT
More patients living with kidney disease are now receiving their treatments in Swift Current rather than travelling long distances. With an investment of up to $690,000 in operational funding from the provincial government, capacity for the hemodialysis unit at Cypress Regional Hospital will double from 12 patients to 24 patients.
The unit has increased the number of treatments it can provide each week from 36 to 72. Most patients receiving dialysis at a clinic require three treatments per week.
“Expanding capacity in Swift Current with the existing space and equipment saves patients time and cost for travel, while maximizing the use of resources at the regional hospital,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “This is another example of how we are putting patients first. Improving access to this life-sustaining treatment closer to home is improving the quality of life for hemodialysis patients.”
“It is a lot better to be able to get my treatment at home,” patient and Swift Current resident Dennis Roosen said. “Last winter I was driving to Regina and there were times I had to turn around because of bad roads. One time it took me four and a half hours just to get to Regina.”
“I was living and receiving treatment in Medicine Hat, but my family is in Saskatchewan,” patient Sharon Debruyne said. “Being able to move closer to my family, knowing I can receive treatments here is great. Saskatchewan is home for me.”
In addition to its regular full days Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the unit is now open mornings on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the ability to increase to six full days a week, when patient need warrants the added hours.
“With the addition of more nursing positions, we are already able to provide 18 more dialysis treatments every week, which means patients don’t have to drive to Regina for care,” Renal Dialysis and Chemotherapy Services Program Manager Karen Wiens said. “This lets us improve our patients’ overall quality of life. They benefit from the care that our specialized nursing staff can provide, and the staff’s expertise is second to none.”
There are six hemodialysis machines at the hospital, used to replicate the kidneys’ function of filtering toxins and impurities out of the blood stream. Dialysis is a time-consuming blood filtering process, which means only two patients per day, per machine can be treated.
With 1,700 staff and its affiliated health organizations, Cypress Health Region serves about 80 rural and urban municipalities and nearly 44,000 people in southwest Saskatchewan.
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