Kidney Health Program

The kidneys can be affected by various types of kidney disorders such as kidney failure, in which case, the body is slowly poisoned by waste that the kidneys can no longer eliminate. However, treatment is available to attempt to replace the normal functioning of the kidneys (Renal replacement therapy). There are two types of treatment: dialysis and transplantation.

West Island residents can rely on two outpatient dialysis centres and support from eight nephrologists (kidney specialists) at the Lakeshore General Hospital (LGH) and St. Mary’s Hospital Center (SMHC).

Depending on the case, there are two types of dialysis: Hemodialysis (hospital dialysis) and Peritoneal dialysis (home dialysis). Due to its convenience and ease of use, home dialysis makes it easier for the patient to move around freely. 

Our dedicated multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Nephrologists 
  • Specialized nurses
  • Kidney health dietitian 
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual care worker
  • Recreation therapist

Working in partnership with our patients and their loved ones enables us to promote patient education and provide continued support to help them better cope with their condition and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

If you wish to access the services offered under the kidney health program, refer to your family doctor. If you are looking for a family doctor, click here.

Number of patients receiving dialysis each week: 235

Number of dialysis machines: 47

The following links provide more information on kidney health.