The Renal Service program specializes in diseases of the kidney, treatment as well as dialysis and kidney transplants. You may have been referred to us for care if you already have a condition that impacts your kidneys or if you you are at risk of developing a condition that will require dialysis or a kidney transplant in the future. Some conditions that may require you to be referred to the Renal Services program can include:
- Abnormal kidney function - This is determined by a test to check how well your kidneys are working
- Diabetes - This is often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, which describes a group of metabolic diseases that cause you to have high blood sugar
- Proteinuria - This is the presence of abnormal quantities of protein in your urine. This may indicate damage to your kidneys
- Hematuria - This is the presence of blood in your urine
- Hypertension - This is a condition when you have abnormally high blood pressure
- Electrolyte disturbances - This is a condition when you have an imbalance of certain ionized salts in your blood
- Anemia - This is a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in your blood which could cause you to have a pale appearance and weariness
- Bone diseases - This condition causes decreased bone density, weakness or brittleness in your bones or large, misshapen bones.
The Renal Services program is located at the Kingston General site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and is the centre for renal care in Southeastern Ontario. We are a partner with the Ontario Renal Network and also provide dialysis at a number of satellite locations throughout the region. These satellite locations include hospitals sites in the communities of Kingston, Belleville, Picton, Smiths Falls and Brockville. We also offer options for patients to have dialysis in their own homes. Our services are arranged this way so that if you require dialysis service, you can receive your care in a location that is close to your home.
For more information about our dialysis locations, please check out the interactive map here.
To learn more about the different home dialysis options, please what the video below:
If you receive your dialysis care at the Kingston General site (KGH), there are a number of reserved parking spots available for you to use. For more information please see our specialty parking permit page.
Types of care
At KHSC, we provides ambulatory and inpatient care in Kingston, as well as in northern Ontario through our partnership with Weeneebayko General Hospital. We also offer support to renal and kidney patients through a comprehensive chronic kidney disease education program.
If you are admitted as an inpatient at the Kingston General site, you will be given a room on one of the inpatient floors while you receive your care. If you are looking to locate a patient who has been admitted you can learn more on our find a patient page.
As an inpatient, you will receive care from a health-care team that is made up of a number of different individuals. Who is on your team depends on the type of care you require. These interprofessional teams will always include doctors and nurses, but other individuals such as patient care assistants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dietitians, just to name a few. When you are at the KGH site , you can always count on a range of people to play a key role in your health-care journey. If you would like more information on the types of people you may meet in the Medicine Program, please visit our care team page.
If you would like more information on what to expect if you are admitted as an inpatient at the KGH site, please see our 'while you are here' section.
As an outpatient, you may be referred to the kidney clinic also located at the KGH site. Your appointment will take place in the Burr wing, which is located off of King Street West. You should check-in for your clinic appointment at the registration desk located in the Burr lobby, then proceed up to the clinic area on Burr 3.