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Sun Country Health Region's dialysis satellite service was opened in March 2008. The unit is located in St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan.
The unit operates three days per week, serving about a dozen patients from the area who previously had to travel to Regina for treatment. Four RNs and two LPN's are trained in this specialty area.
Estevan's site is the eighth satellite site in the province. The others are in Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford, Moose Jaw and Tisdale. Dialysis units in Saskatoon and Regina serve about 75 per cent of Saskatchewan's hemodialysis patients, and act as the home units for the satellite sites.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Renal dialysis is one form of kidney replacement therapy which removes waste from the blood by simulating natural kidney function. Dialysis prevents a build up of toxins that can be debilitating and ultimately fatal.
Cheryl Harrison BN RN
St. Joseph's Hospital
1176 Nicholson Rd.