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Home hemodialysis allows nephrology patients to receive dialysis treatment at home, by connecting themselves to a dialysis machine. Patients dialyze overnight, while they sleep. The Home Hemodialysis Unit is comprised of the Training Unit and the clinic.
The Training Unit teaches patients and their families how to perform hemodialysis at home. Once a patient is prescribed home hemodialysis they will be scheduled for training in the Training Unit.
After patients and families have completed their dialysis training, they practice their first dialysis session in our Innovation Room. The Innovation Room offers a home-like environment, where staff is close by for help.
The Home Hemodialysis Clinic is where each patient is seen on a monthly basis, by appointment only. During each visit, a patient may meet with a doctor, nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, social worker and chiropodist.
Your visit to the Training Unit will be scheduled by the Home Hemodialysis nurse. Home Hemodialysis training is a six-week program which takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You are expected to attend all training and pass the course before your home hemodialysis can be started. If you cannot attend for any reason please contact your Home Hemodialysis nurse at 416 340 3736.
Home Hemodialysis Clinic
On a monthly basis you will be seen in the Home Hemodialysis Clinic.
Appointments may last over one hour. During a clinic visit a patient will be seen by a nurse and physician, as well as any of the following, as needed: dietician, pharmacist, social worker, and chiropodist.
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You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.