Bringing Dialysis Closer to Home

The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care visited Etobicoke General on March 30, making an exciting announcement during his stop at the hospital. Following a brief tour and a meeting with an Etobicoke dialysis patient, Minister Hoskins announced government support for a new satellite dialysis centre that will enable patients in North Etobicoke to receive dialysis services closer to home.

“This new satellite dialysis centre will help to ease a significant burden for patients suffering with kidney disease who will soon be able to access services closer to home, said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to putting patients first, connecting them with quality services in the community.”

Yvan Baker, MPP Etobicoke-Centre and Peter Milczyn, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore were also on hand for the announcement. Etobicoke dialysis patient, Robert Johnstone, who currently travels to Brampton Civic Hospital three days per week for his dialysis treatment also spoke during the announcement to share his story and express his appreciation for this new centre – which will significantly reduce his travel time for treatment, relieving stress on his family.

Currently, a significant number of patients in the community served by Etobicoke General have to travel outside of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to receive dialysis treatment. 

William Osler Health System is one of 26 Chronic Kidney Disease Programs across Ontario and saw more than 72,000 patient visits last year through its regional centre at Brampton Civic Hospital. With growing need for dialysis services in Etobicoke, the new satellite dialysis centre will help to improve the patient experience and support Osler’s vision of providing patient-centred health care without boundaries.

The new dialysis centre will include 36 stations and will provide vital pre-dialysis treatment and haemodialysis for patients, along with home dialysis training. It will be located in the soon-to-be-constructed Ancillary Services Building, which will house a number of outpatient programs/services and also allow Osler to foster new partnerships with other complementary organizations for innovation and education.

“Osler’s new satellite dialysis centre will offer treatment closer to home for our renal patients and greater access to the services this community needs most,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System. “This investment is vital to Osler and serves to create fundamental stepping stones that allow us to press forward with our exciting transformation.”