October 30, 2012
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP for London North Centre, joined hospital officials, the Ontario Renal Network (ORN), patients, community members and health care partners on a tour of the new 32,000 square foot Kidney Care Centre at Westmount Shopping Centre. The Kidney Care Centre will officially open for patient care on November 5, 2012.
“Our government remains committed to increasing access to kidney care services for all Ontarians. By locating these services in Westmount Shopping Centre we are helping bring them into community and out of the hospital,” said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Today’s commitment on the part of the government builds on our Action Plan for Health Care which is about providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”
From right, Bonnie Adamson, president and CEO, LHSC, Rebecca Harvey, Vice President, Ontario Renal Network, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP for London North Centre, and Dr. Peter Blake, Chair/Chief Nephrology, LHSC cut the ribbon to open LHSC’s Kidney Care Centre at Westmount Shopping Centre.
"This investment in kidney care is helping to make dialysis more accessible and keeping services close to home." said Chris Bentley, MPP for London West.
“LHSC is pleased to be able to offer dialysis and kidney care services to patients right in our community,” says Bonnie Adamson, president and chief executive officer, London Health Sciences Centre. “As a major health care provider in London and the region, it is important that LHSC remains a leader in providing innovative ways to provide exceptional patient care. Providing care in a community setting as opposed to a hospital will help promote a wellness environment, which in turn will enhance the patient experience.”
“By adding dialysis capacity and educational programs at this innovative new clinic, together we are responding to patients’ needs in London,” says Rebecca Harvey, Vice-President, ORN. “The Westmount Kidney Clinic supports the strategic priority in ORN’s provincial plan to provide access and quality care to patients at home or as close to home as possible.”
The Kidney Care Centre will enable the remaining renal services at South Street Hospital and Baseline Road to move, while providing much needed additional hemodialysis capacity to meet growing patient demand.
Once fully functional the Kidney Care Centre will provide the following services and resources to approximately 1,200 patients yearly:
- In-facility hemodialysis treatment for chronic dialysis patients on an outpatient basis
- Peritoneal and home hemodialysis assessment, training and maintenance
- Chronic Kidney Disease clinics and health education
- Aboriginal resource room containing Aboriginal medicines, resource information about Aboriginal cultures as well as Aboriginal arts and crafts
- Support centre for the regional satellite dialysis units
The Kidney Care Centre will also include the support centre for the regional satellite dialysis units.