Dialysis

Humber River Hospital is a leading regional centre for Dialysis Services. We are one of Toronto’s largest dialysis programs with a well-established pre-dialysis clinic. We serve patients from diagnosis to treatment and monitoring.

Humber River Hospital is a leading regional centre for dialysis. We manage and coordinate renal services within the Central LHIN.

We are one of Toronto’s largest dialysis programs. Our well-established pre-dialysis clinic allows for thorough patient assessment and monitoring.

Our world-renowned nephrology program pioneered the nocturnal home hemodialysis program in Canada. Professionals worldwide visit Humber River Hospital to learn about this program.

Our reputation in this field is strengthened by an internationally-recognized team of experts. We champion multi-disciplinary teamwork. The nephrology team includes:

  • nephrologists
  • vascular surgeons
  • registered nurses
  • registered practical nurses
  • a Vascular Access Coordinator
  • a Home Dialysis Coordinator
  • dialysis assistants
  • dialysis technologists
  • dieticians
  • pharmacists
  • social workers
  • interventional radiologists
  • chaplaincy
  • psychiatrists

Our Program Director is also the ORN Regional Director for the Central LHIN.

Our PFAC provides valuable advice to our team. Their supports helps us deliver the highest possible quality of care for our patients and their families. We welcome patient concerns, feedback and suggestions about the care we provide. Patients from every part of our nephrology program make up our PFAC. The PFAC includes:

  • patients from our Home and hospital-based Dialysis programs
  • patients from our MultiCare Kidney Clinic
  • patients’ family members
  • front-line managers
  • a social worker
  • a Nephrologist
  • the Program Director

Our peer support program supports our patients and families. This program formalizes the strong patient-to-patient bonds in the dialysis program. We support this process by formally connecting experienced patients with new patients. Our patients share powerful stories of their own kidney journey. They also pass on learned coping strategies and successes. Our peer support volunteers help patients at various points in their illness and treatment. At any time, patients can contact their social worker to connect with a member of this program.

We work with many external partners to better support our patients. We manage and coordinate renal services in our area with the Central LHIN and ORN. We also partner with CCACs to provide seamless service.

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General surgery

Our general surgeons support departments throughout the hospital.

Level 4

416-242-1000 x23450

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Home hemodialysis unit

This unit helps patients set up home hemodialysis. This option provides patients with a number of treatment options at home. The program is designed for patients who would like to maintain an independent and active lifestyle, and have more control over their treatment.

200 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M1N 1N8

416-658-2264

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m . Monday to Friday

In-centre hemodialysis

Our in-centre hemodialysis unit provides state-of-the-art dialysis hemodialysis services in a comfortable, spacious environment. We have 60 private dialysis stations, each with its own computer.

Level 1

416-242 -1000 x22000

7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday - Sunday

Inpatient nephrology unit

This unit has 32 beds with the capacity to provide in-room dialysis treatments.

Level 9

Inpatient hours

Intensive Care Unit

This unit is for adults with acute, life-threatening illness or injuries requiring  specialized care.

Level 6

416 242-1000
x44050 (East)
x44000 (West)

Inpatient hours

MultiCare kidney clinic

This clinic helps patients and their families understand kidney disease and how to slow down its progression. We provide patients access to specialized services to help them maintain a state of wellness while living with chronic kidney disease.

200 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M1N 1N8

416-658-2241

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine takes images of many parts of the body, including the lungs, heart and skeletal system.

Level 1

416-242-1000 x63823

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

Surgical pre-screening clinic

This clinic provides care to patients before they go into surgery. The clinic assesses and educates patients so they are prepared. The clinic supports patients with special needs or language barriers.

Level 1

416-242-1000 x23200

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

Transition care unit

This unit provides patients new to dialysis with the care and support needed to adjust to dialysis treatment.

200 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M1N 1N8

416-243-4699

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday

Acute pain service

This service is a specialized inter-professional team that provides evidence-based pain and symptom management to post-operative inpatients. The team collaborates with surgical services to maximize patient’s comfort, satisfaction and recovery.

24/7

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) machine

Medical Imaging

BMD is the use of x-rays to measure bone mineral density.

Level 2

416-242-1000 x63601

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday

Computed Tomography (CT) scans

Medical Imaging

CT scanners use x-rays to produce 2D or 3D images of parts of your body. Our new machines are bariatric-friendly and are quieter than standard units.

Level 2

416 242-1000 x63000

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week

Critical Care Response Team

Our CCRT helps enhance patient safety by increasing access to critical care across the hospital. Comprised of specially trained physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists, the CCRT exports the skills of the ICU to empower healthcare professionals to act when they feel that a patient has the potential to become critically ill.

Emergency

416 242-1000 x44050 (east), 44000 (west)

24/7

General radiography

Medical Imaging

General radiography includes radiography and fluoroscopy. Radiography is the use of x-rays to acquire 2D images of the body. Fluoroscopy is the use of x-rays for real-time visualization of body structures.

Level 2

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week

416-242-1000 x63000

Laboratory medicine

Humber River Hospital’s laboratory provides service throughout the hospital.

Level 2

(416) 242-1000 x61000

Laboratory services

Laboratory services assists every department in the hospital. Our dedicated team, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment assists health providers to diagnose diseases in blood, tissues and fluids. Our laboratory staff work collaboratively throughout our hospital to ensure timely and accurate results and diagnosis.

Laboratory services

416-242-1000 x61000

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Medical Imaging

An MRI a strong magnetic field to generate images of your body. It takes pictures of parts of the body that don’t show up well in x-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds. Our MRI units are bariatric-friendly and quieter than most machines.

Level 2

416 242-1000 x63000

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 7 days a week

Self-care dialysis partnership

Self-care dialysis gives patients more independence in their treatments who do not wish to perform at-home treatments. Treatments are provided at independent dialysis centres.

Transplant consultation & coordination

We provide pre-transplant planning and coordination with transplant programs in Toronto.

Ultrasound

Medical Imaging

An ultrasound uses high-frequency waves to take images of the inside of your body.

Level 2

416 242-1000 x63000

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday