The end of hemodialysis waiting lists in Gaspésie

The Gaspésie Integrated Health and Social Services Center announces that it is doubling the number of hemodialysis places at the Chandler hospital, which will make it possible to offer treatment to the majority of Gaspésie patients who have to deal with problems. of renal failure.

The number of people who will be able to receive hemodialysis treatments at the Chandler hospital will increase from 12 to 24. Until now, the service was offered only three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Treatments will now be offered from Monday to Saturday.

The ten people who were still on a waiting list and who received hemodialysis treatments outside the region or those who had to travel far from their home elsewhere in Gaspésie will thus be able to receive care closer to home. House.

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Maxime Bernatchez is the director of nursing at the CISSS de la Gaspésie.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Credit: Roger St-Laurent

We have patients who are waiting outside the region and we also have patients in Gaspésie who were receiving services, but in another unit in the region. So, for example, people from Rocher-Percé who had to go to Baie-des-Chaleurs, then through a seesaw effect, we repatriate the clientele.

A quote from Maxime Bernatchez, director of nursing at the CISSS de la Gaspésie

Francine Plusquellec, who campaigned for the addition of a hemodialysis treatment chair to Maria in 2022 in order to benefit from it, welcomes this decision.

She explains that her physical health has greatly improved since she no longer has to go to Rimouski three times a week to receive her hemodialysis treatments.

She would then have to drive four hours to receive four hours of treatment and then drive back home for a total of 24 hours spent in the car each week.

In the long run, it’s very tiring, it asks a lot of your body, dialysis is stressful, it’s also unknown. So it’s always better to receive your treatments close to home and your loved ones.

A quote from Francine Plusquellec, resident of Paspébiac
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Francine Plusquellec sees her situation improving, but intends to continue to fight for the CISSS to add hemodialysis places in Gaspésie.

Photo: Courtesy: Francine Plusquellec

The family’s finances are also in better health, according to her, while treatments in Rimouski cost her $1,800 each month.

$, that barely paid for a coffee and I was reimbursed for just one person”,”text”:”It made me lose income because I am self-employed and my partner had to stop working to travel for me in Rimouski, so I had a loss of salary, my partner had a loss of salary and what we received as reimbursement in 2022, for lunch for example, was only $4, that barely allowed us to pay a coffee and I was reimbursed for one person”}}”>It caused me to lose income because I am self-employed and my partner had to stop working to travel to Rimouski for me. So I had a loss of salary, my partner had a loss of salary and what we received as reimbursement in 2022, for lunch for example, was only $4, that barely paid for a coffee and I was reimbursed for only one personexplains the patient from Paspébiac.

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The Quebec government is investing $6 million to provide the Gaspé hospital with a new hemodialysis department.

Photo: Courtesy of the CISSS de la Gaspésie

The new hemodialysis department, which will be set up in the former emergency room of the Gaspé hospital and work on which is underway, will also make it possible to add places if necessary, specifies the CISSS de la Gaspésie.

No permanent nephrologist in Gaspésie

Furthermore, the activist for better hemodialysis care in Gaspésie, Jean Lapointe, plans to launch a petition to demand the creation of a permanent nephrologist position in Gaspésie.

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The number of people who will be able to receive hemodialysis treatments at Chandler hospital will increase from 12 to 24. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Martin Toulgoat

The management of CISSS explains for his part that the visit of a nephrologist in the region and telemedicine make it possible to meet the majority of needs.

Currently, we offer an almost complete service with trips twice a year to Gaspésie and it is important to understand that with telemedicine, we always have the remote presence of a nephrologist to monitor patients who are undergoing hemodialysis treatment in Gaspésieconcludes the director of nursing at the CISSS de la Gaspésie, Maxime Bernatchez.

Before this announcement, 34 people were receiving hemodialysis treatments in the four Gaspésie hospitals.

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