New dialysis facility to be constructed in Kentville

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Jim Morton, Kings North MLA, announces funding for a new dialysis facility in Kentville that will serve patients from Annapolis Royal to Windsor. - Jennifer Vardy Little

By Jennifer Vardy Little

The Kings County Advertiser  

A provincial announcement in Kentville Nov. 28 will provide dialysis patients with treatment closer to home.  

Kings North MLA Jim Morton announced a new, 12-chair satellite dialysis treatment facility will be built in Kentville.  

The facility will service people from Annapolis Royal to Windsor. It will be built on-site at Valley Regional Hospital to ensure quick and easy access to emergency and lab services.  

Richard Cameron has been receiving dialysis in Berwick since August, three times a week, after losing his transplant of six and a half years. Before that, he received dialysis treatment for five and a half years.  

"Before my transplant I was on dialysis for five and a half years, some of that time spent traveling to Halifax for treatment," said Cameron. "Until we were able to get a spot closer to home, my spouse and I thought we may have to sell our house and move to the city to continue treatment. Expansion of dialysis in the region will mean less travel, fewer expenses, and will give my spouse and I more freedom and a better quality of life."  

The new satellite unit will be operated under the collaborative care model with Annapolis Valley Health and Capital Health working together to deliver the service.   The project is currently in the design phase; a new facility, connected to Valley Regional Hospital, will be constructed to house the new facility. It's expected that it will take two years to put the facility in place.  

For more, see the Dec. 4 edition of The Advertiser.

Organizations: Valley Regional Hospital, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis Valley Health

Geographic location: Kentville, Windsor, Berwick Halifax

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  • Sue Sheehy
    December 05, 2012 - 21:58

    This announcement is bittersweet to say the least. The positives are that our Valley Local Dialysis patients will be better served. However, I am somewhat disappointed that a new facility will be built to house the site. Is anyone aware of the cost of this new facility. It seems like more of taxes papers money being spent when Windsor already had space allocated for the Dialysis unit. The Community of Windsor got together to raise funds to bring this unit to Windsor. If I am not mistaken they were looking for the support from Government to agree to pay the costs for manning it.