At Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) we offer different hemodialysis options for patients with kidney failure including:

  • In-centre hemodialysis

  • Transitional hemodialysis

  • Home dialysis

  • Peritoneal dialysis

We also support our patient population during any inpatient stay or when deciding to travel.


You play a key role in your dialysis care. Your role is to ask questions and our role is to try to help you find the answers and solutions to assist you. We are all here to help you to the best of our abilities. Different members of the team have different strengths and specialties. It is important that you ask questions and we will all do our best to get the answers that you need and to provide access to the community resources available to you and your family. Setting goals is important to help you have the confidence to manage your care. Your team is available to help you with planning and making a list of your goals so that they are personal to you.

Key members of our team to support you and your family include:

  • Registered Nurses (RN)

  • Registered Practical Nurses (RPN)

  • Vascular Access Nurse

  • Nurse Navigator

  • Nephrologist Physicians

  • Dietician

  • Social Worker

  • Pharmacist

  • Dialysis Assistants

  • Biomedical Technologists


When your kidney function goes down to about 10-15%, you can start to get a buildup of toxins (wastes) in your blood and an increase of fluid in your tissues. This makes you feel unwell and causes symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, itching, difficulty sleeping, forgetfulness, shortness of breath and sometimes, swelling.

Hemodialysis is often started when your kidney function is about 8%. Hemodialysis removes these toxins and excess fluid from your bloodstream. Hemodialysis filters your blood through a filter called a dialyzer, which is attached to the hemodialysis machine. The machine pumps your blood through the dialyzer and removes excess fluid and waste products.


Patients can be referred to our Regional Renal programs by your physician or nurse practitioner by sending a referral by fax to our central intake number 1-705-876-5178 or by calling 1-705-876-5078.


For more information about our team and the services provided, please review our Guide for Patients & Families.

Learn more about the Ontario Renal Network’s Chronic Kidney Disease.