Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) says Dauphin’s Dialysis Unit is nearing maximum capacity after the hiring of two additional staff members.

34 of 36 dialysis treatment spaces are in operation at the Dauphin Hospital and PMH anticipates the Unit to be at maximum capacity within the next month.

The two staff members finished their remote specialized learning courses towards the end of 2020 and now work in the Unit.

PMH adds that the Dialysis Unit will be getting another training spot and it’ll open in the spring. This training session takes 9 weeks.

Before going to Dauphin for treatment, all patients start hemodialysis at Winnipeg or Brandon through the Manitoba Renal Program (MRP).

After that, MRP assesses patients to receive treatment at a local renal health centre or rural dialysis unit in or near their community.

If there’s no available space, patients are put on a waiting list for the unit and are notified and assessed when a space becomes available in the requested unit.