The Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Program at SHN is an outpatient program that provides patients with a range of specialized services to help them maintain a state of wellness while living with chronic kidney disease.
Patients who progress in their CKD are presented with treatment options and are supported in learning and preparing for the initiation of their treatment choice, for example, dialysis.
Patients receive follow-up in the CKD clinics every one to six months where their kidney function and overall well-being is monitored by an interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers.
In addition to assessment, treatment, follow-up and comprehensive patient education, the CKD program also includes a Body Access Clinic, which is necessary as the patient prepares for dialysis.
What We Offer
Services provided, include:
- Patient education
- Dialysis planning
- Follow-up care
Those eligible to receive care through the CKD Program are individuals living with Stage 3, 4 or 5 kidney disease.
Peer Support Group
Living with a chronic illness such as CKD requires education and emotional support to help make the necessary changes to cope and adapt. The Peer Support Group at SHN supports patients across the continuum of care to home dialysis.
The Peer Support Group is made up of patients who are either on dialysis or have since received a transplant, family members, a dietitian, a social worker and a registered nurse. Together the patients, their families and the health care team are able to support one another and share their strategies to help them manage the burden of chronic disease.
- Helping kidney patients and their families adjust to living with a chronic illness
- Improving survival and overall well-being
- Easing anxieties about dialysis and assume responsibilities towards independence and self management
Any patient or family member in the CKD program or on home dialysis can benefit from this service, and is encouraged to participate. Speak with your nurse or social worker to connect with a peer support volunteer or call 438-2911 ext. 6216.
East Wing, 1st Floor
416-438-2911 ext. 6697
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.