March 22, 2019
The provincial government announced on Monday that there would be six new dialysis spaces for the Pine Falls Hospital. It is part of a nearly $5.2 million investment for dialysis services, including $2.4 million from Budget 2019, to provide critical life-saving services for up to 72 patients while hiring more nurses and other staff to support access for more patients.
“These investments will provide life-saving care to Manitobans in need, when and where they need it most,” said Premier Pallister.
About 14 per cent of Manitobans live with kidney disease and about one-third of them may develop kidney failure in their lifetime. Over the coming months, the expansion will include additional dialysis spaces at local renal health centres throughout the province. In addition to Pine Falls, this investment includes:
• an eight-patient expansion in Hodgson;
• a six-patient expansion in Thompson;
• a six-patient expansion in Portage la Prairie;
• a six-patient expansion at Boundary Trails Health Centre; and
• a 30-patient expansion in Winnipeg.
“Our mission is to deliver accessible health services to the residents of the north and this announcement helps us to achieve that for dialysis patients,” said Helga Bryant, CEO, Northern Regional Health Authority. “This investment in our region will have a life-altering impact on all of the patients it will serve and their families.”
The funding will also be used to expand home dialysis treatments, including a 10-patient peritoneal dialysis expansion in Winnipeg, to ensure a better quality of life for patients.
There will be 57 positions included in this expansion, including nearly 30 nurses. Health care aides, pharmacy, social services, technologists, maintenance and administrative support positions will also be added.