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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - The new $2.1 million P.E.I. Renal Clinic was officially opened at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown Thursday.
The new 6,000-square-foot clinic features eight patient care/exam rooms, a patient training room, a family conference room, a clinical work space, meeting rooms, offices for staff, a dedicated reception area and storage for renal equipment.
Until now, the provincial renal clinic operated out of a shared clinic space with just four patient care rooms in the QEH’s ambulatory care centre.
“Today represents a significant milestone for renal care in our province,” said Dr. Derek Chaudhary, nephrologist and provincial renal program medical director.
“This modern and spacious clinic will allow our team to see more patients every day and provide them with the life-saving supports they need to manage their chronic kidney disease. The better we can help manage their kidney disease, the better the outcomes for our patients. In some cases, we may even be able to delay the need for treatments such as dialysis.”
The clinic is designed to support renal services, such as peritoneal dialysis and post-kidney transplant care, for more than 1,300 Islanders. And the need for renal care continues to grow.
“The number of people on P.E.I. living with kidney disease is growing rapidly, and patients at different stages of the disease have very different health-care needs,” said Matthew MacFarlane, past president of the Atlantic Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada and kidney disease patient.
“This new clinic will better serve the diverse needs of this expanding group and improve the quality of life for individual patients.”
The province also aims to better support Islanders with early onset chronic kidney disease.
“Our government is taking major steps forward to improve our renal program, so that Islanders and their families have the best access to the most appropriate life-saving care,” said Health and Wellness Minister Robert Mitchell.
“The new provincial renal clinic will help our staff to be better equipped and have more capacity to work with patients and their loved ones.”
For more information about the Provincial Renal Program and its services, visit www.healthpei.ca/dialysis.