Only service to provide dialysis to rehabilitation and complex continuing care patients

Toronto (March 7, 2002) - Toronto Rehab and University Health Network (UHN) have formed an innovative partnership to provide enhanced hemodialysis treatment for geriatric rehabilitation and complex continuing care patients. The new Toronto Rehab & University Health Network Dialysis Service is scheduled to open April 8, 2002. The service represents a unique blending of programs, specialists and resources to help meet a growing need for improved access to and availability of hemodialysis services.

This innovative partnership allows patients to receive hemodialysis at a UHN dialysis unit located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre. UHN is a regional training centre for dialysis and operates one of the largest hemodialysis programs in the country. Toronto Rehab is a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and the largest provider of rehabilitation services in Canada.

This new and unique specialty service is the only one in the Toronto region to provide rehabilitation and daily hemodialysis to inpatients. The Toronto Rehab and UHN Dialysis Service also serves complex continuing care patients who currently face long waits for service in the Toronto area.

Patients requiring hemodialysis who are eligible for admission will be admitted to Toronto Rehab’s Geriatric Rehabilitation Program or Complex Continuing Care Program. Twelve beds have been designated in each program for patients requiring hemodialysis. Under this new program framework, patients admitted to Geriatric Rehab receive hemodialysis two hours a day six days a week. The shorter dialysis time allows patients to participate more fully in their therapy. Complex continuing care patients receive hemodialysis treatment three days per week, thereby contributing to their quality of life and increasing their level of independence.

The Toronto Rehab and UHN Dialysis Service is a comfortable, modern, six-station facility. UHN dialysis professionals, who have been trained to understand the unique needs of rehabilitation and complex continuing care patients, will operate the unit, located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre.

If you have questions or would like to refer a patient to the hemodialysis stream of Complex Continuing Care (Queen Elizabeth Centre, 130 Dunn Ave.), please call 416 597 3422, ext. 2504.

To make a referral to the hemodialysis stream of the Geriatric Rehabilitation Program (University Centre, 550 University Ave.), please call 416 597 3422, ext. 3038.

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