Division of Nephrology
The Division of Nephrology provides both attending and consultative support for patients with actual or predicted kidney disorders. This includes patients with acute or chronic abnormal glomerular filtration rate, proteinuria, hematuria, hypertension, electrolyte disturbances, anemia, and bone diseases. The Division participates in the renal care team that provides direct care of patients with renal insufficiency who are likely to require renal replacement therapy (RRT), and directly supervises the RRT and related issues.
The Division fulfils its role in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Priority Program through numerous programs, through both local and outreach clinics. These include the in-hospital nephrology ward, chronic kidney disease outpatient program, renal transplant program, peritoneal dialysis program, and hemodialysis program (in-centre haemodialysis, home hemodialysis, bancroft Satellite Dialysis Unit, Belleville Satellite Dialysis Unit, Kingston Satellite Dialysis Clinic , Kingston Penitentiary Dialysis Unit, Perth/Smiths Falls Satellite Dialysis Unit, Picton Satellite Dialysis Unit, Weeneebayko Satellite Dialysis Unit, as well as supervision of Independent Health Facility patients in Cornwall, Brockville, and Peterborough).
Patients and physicians from Southeastern Ontario and the Moose Factory area receive clinical guidance from the Division of Nephrology, while nephrologists and nephrology trainees from Ontario receive quaternary support from the Division.
Ambulatory and inpatient care are provided at Kingston General Hospital and Weeneebayko General Hospital. The Division provides only ambulatory care off-site in Belleville, Perth/Smiths Falls, the Kingston Penitentiary, and Hotel Dieu Hospital. At the Providence Continuing Care Centre - St. Marys of the Lake, the Division offers inpatient consultation service only.
In support of the clinical services offered, the Division provides a comprehensive chronic kidney disease education program and is responsible for the education of all renal patients under its care in order to allow patients to give true informed consent.