WHAT WE OFFER
As part of the Renal Care clinic at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), the Nephrology team supports patients with kidney disease. If chronic kidney disease is caught early, treatments and changes to your lifestyle, such as improving your diet and staying active, may help slow its progress.
Our Nephrology clinics include the following specialty clinics:
Ensuring patients receive the most appropriate and timely care is critical to slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease and delaying the need for dialysis. At the Nephrology Clinic, we provide a single point of entry into Trillium Health Partners’ Chronic Kidney Disease Program, which makes it easier and faster for physicians and patients and their families to get the care they need, when they need it. Patients with early chronic kidney disease that is mild to moderate (stages 1, 2 and 3) are followed up in this clinical program.
The Multi-Care Kidney Clinic (MCKC) are specialized, multidisciplinary clinics consisting of a team of diverse yet complimentary healthcare professionals with specialized skills to support patients and their caregivers through shared and person-centered decision-making conversations. MCKC’s are important because they provide care to patients at a critical stage of advanced Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). During this stage, patients are progressing towards End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and need to make several crucial, stressful and often complex decisions about their future course of care.
Glomerulonephritis, also known as GN or glomerular disease, is a group of rare diseases that cause inflammation of the glomeruli, the parts of the kidneys that filter excess fluid from the blood. GN disproportionately affects younger people. With the right treatment time from the right team, their disease can be managed effectively to prevent kidney disease from progressing.
Patients living with GN require specialized, multidisciplinary GN care to prevent or delay progression of disease in accordance with the appropriate GN acuity level. If patients with GN are no longer responding to treatments, referral to MCKC should be considered. GN care may be delivered in partnership with MCKC to meet patient care needs.
WHO WE ARE
You play a key role in your own healthcare. 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 ability. 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:
- Nurse Navigator
- Nephrologist Physician(s)
- Registered Nurses
- Social Worker
- Vascular Access Nurse
HOW TO REFER
You can be referred to our programs by your attending healthcare provider, who should send a referral by fax to our central intake number 1-705-876-5178 or call 1-705-876-5147.
For more information about our team and the services provided, please review our Guide for Patients & Families.