The Restigouche Satellite Dialysis Unit provides hemodialysis treatments. This means that patients do not have to go to a major centre to receive treatments, thus improving their quality of life.
The service includes four treatment rooms and one isolation room. The team works closely with nephrologists at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.
Hemodialysis is the commonest method to treat patients with chronic, permanent kidney failure.
The term “hemodialysis” means “purification of the blood”, and this is exactly what the treatment does. It consists in passing blood through an artificial kidney. The dialyzer that purifies the blood is known as an “artificial kidney” even though it does not work as well as a real kidney.
Most patients have to travel to the hemodialysis centre three times a week for treatments lasting three to five hours. For example, a patient’s treatment schedule could be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Two parking spaces are reserved for dialysis patients in front of the St. Joseph Community Health Centre. Parking is free.
Dialysis is performed by registered nurses. Nephrology care is provided by nephrologists from the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.