Health and Community Services
March 1, 2010
Expanded Hours of
Operation for Satellite Dialysis Unit in Clarenville
The Provincial Government is investing almost
$500,000 to expand the hours of operation for the
satellite dialysis unit in Clarenville. Effective March
31, 2010, dialysis services will be offered an
additional three days per week, effectively doubling the
availability of services at that location.
"Providing timely, accessible dialysis services for
residents throughout Newfoundland and Labrador is a
priority for our government," said the Honourable Jerome
Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services. "The
expanded hours of operation will ensure residents in the
Clarenville area who qualify medically to receive
dialysis services at a satellite unit can have improved
access close to home."
Dialysis services in Clarenville were previously
available 12 hours per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays only. Once the expanded hours are implemented,
the service will be open from Monday to Saturday and
will increase capacity of the unit to 28 patients, up
"We are very pleased to offer improved access to
dialysis services within Eastern Health," said Vickie
Kaminski, President and CEO of Eastern Health. "The
extended hours will enable us to provide more accessible
dialysis treatment for our patients in the Clarenville
and Bonavista areas who have had to travel elsewhere for
Since June 2009, a wait list of nine residents
requiring dialysis services has developed in the area.
The Provincial Government will invest $490,000 to
provide for the expanded services, which includes
additional human resources and supplies.
"Iím very pleased our government is responding to the
increased demand for dialysis services in our region,"
said Ross Wiseman, MHA for Trinity North. "Through this
investment, patients have the benefit of receiving
dialysis closer to their homes and families."
"Our government has made significant investments to
provide accessible, high-quality health care programs
and services to the residents of rural Newfoundland and
Labrador," said Minister Kennedy. "Our significant
investment in new dialysis sites throughout the province
demonstrates our commitment to providing quality health
Since 2004, the Provincial Government has established
new dialysis sites in Burin, Carbonear, Gander, St.
Anthony and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The annual cost in
2008-09 to operate all of the dialysis units throughout
the province was approximately $20,197,224, up nine per
cent from 2007-08.