Three times per week, and sometimes for years, patients with chronic kidney disease spend hours hooked up to a lifesaving dialysis machine. While Grand River offers hemodialysis at the hospital, our comprehensive renal program also provides patients with a range of clinics and care options that can fit into their existing lifestyle and help keep them at home.
Kidneys are the body’s filtration system, and when the kidneys begin to fail—whether from physical injury or diseases like diabetes—the body needs help. Hemodialysis helps patients by cleaning their blood and removing potentially harmful waste, water and chemicals.
More than 3,000 people rely on the renal clinics at Grand River Hospital. These clinics provide patients with education and care to prevent chronic kidney disease, coordinate assessments and referrals related to kidney transplants, and provide education and support for patients who require dialysis. In addition to our inpatient and outpatient dialysis units at the Kitchener-Waterloo campus, Grand River also offers a home dialysis program and three satellite dialysis units in Guelph, south Kitchener and Palmerston to help patients receive care closer to home.