Province commits $900K for dialysis treatment in Cumberland County

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The temporary dialysis unit will remain in place until the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre redevelopment project is complete. (Google Street View - image credit)
The temporary dialysis unit will remain in place until the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre redevelopment project is complete. (Google Street View - image credit)

The Nova Scotia government has committed $900,000 to set up a temporary, six-station dialysis unit at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, N.S., by this summer.

Currently, 11 Nova Scotians travel to Moncton, N.B., multiple times per week to receive dialysis treatment, the province said in a Friday news release. However, staffing shortages in New Brunswick means continued treatment for out-of-province patients is no longer guaranteed.

According to the province, the temporary unit will be able to support as many as 16 patients when it opens. After the first year, it's anticipated the unit could accommodate up to 24 patients.

The province said the temporary unit will remain in place until the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre redevelopment project is complete. In 2020, the province announced plans to improve the facility, which include a new permanent 12-station dialysis unit, adding to the three dialysis units currently available in the northern zone.

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