Kidney dialysis patients cozy after large donation


Photo: Patient Dean Martin receives his kidney dialysis treatment at the Fort St. John hospital on Tuesday. Martin is scheduled to have a kidney transplant in the new year – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

A large donation will keep patients warm during the cold days of winter.

Pembina Pipelines has donated $4,000 towards an $8,000 blanket-warming unit.

Blankets are put into the warming station, and then given to kidney dialysis patients during their four hour treatment.

During dialysis, blood is circulated out of the body to remove toxins and then replaced into the bloodstream. Patient Dean Martin says it can get really cold during the process.

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But with the help of the warm blankets, he says it makes his treatment much more comfortable.

The 15-patient kidney centre is the only dialysis facility north of Prince George. Martin is from Chetwynd, and travels to Fort St. John three days a week to receive his dialysis.

Executive Director for the Hospital Foundation, Janice Isberg says the blanket warmer was purchased with a $2,500 donation from the B.C. Kidney Foundation, and $1,500 from the hospital’s kidney dialysis fund.

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To donate to the Kidney Dialysis centre, visit the Hospital Foundation located in the hospital, or call 250-262-5299.


Photo: Donors got a meet and greet with dialysis patients on Tuesday. (L-R) Head Nurse Diana Sloan, Rob Munroe and Avi Sinclair from Pembina Pipelines, Executive Director for the Hospital Foundation Janice Isberg, and patient Dean Martin (middle). The blanket warmer can be see on the far left –  Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca