+Is DMC a public or private clinic?

DMC clinics are not-for-profit publically funded independent health facilities. Similar to your local hospital, long term care facility, or community agency, DMC is a private non-profit corporation. We work in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health to provide hemodialysis treatments for OHIP covered patients.

+Are there standards for this type of facility? Who enforces them?
The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has set explicit clinical parameters
and facility standards that must be met to operate our facilities.
DMC is awarded a license and is recertified regularly through CPSO
inspections. Medical directors at each unit are responsible for overseeing
and consulting on operations including quality of care, policies and
procedures. The facilities also have quality indicators that management
reviews on a monthly basis as well as processes in place to analyze and
act on the information to improve the quality of care.

+Does DMC provide treatment for travelling patients?
We promote the ability of patients to access services that allow them
the freedom to dialyze in other facilities. Any patient covered under the
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) can request a scheduled treatment
at a DMC clinic.
All non OHIP covered patients will be referred to a clinic for travellers
at Yonge and Davisville. For more information please contact:
Dialysis Services Inc.
Head Nurse/Co-ordinator – Ray Wares
Tel: 416.545.1090
Fax: 416.545.1091
http://www.dialysisservicesinc.ca/

+What are my treatment options at DMC?

DMC currently provides conventional and short daily hemodialysis
treatment for patients suffering from renal failure. We promote and encourage transplantation and other therapy options including independent dialysis. Please contact us for a review of your treatment options.

+Are there physicians on site?
Patients at DMC are assessed by their nephrologists and allied health
professionals as stable chronic dialysis patients that are appropriate
to dialyze in a non-hospital setting without continuous on-site
nephrologists. Typically patients will be seen by their nephrologist in the
hospital or at DMC every four to six weeks.

+This is your title
Yes. Chronic kidney failure is a long term illness and patients often
establish strong ties to their care team. We recognize the importance of
maintaining these ties, and therefore promote these links.

+Are there any patients DMC cannot accept?
An acceptance criterion is determined by our medical directors and
DMC management. Patients deemed stable by their nephrologists and
care teams are accepted. However, before transferring or readmission,
patients are screened for viruses & infections including: Hep B, MRSA,
and VRE. As DMC currently has no isolation capability, we cannot
accept any patient requiring isolation.

+Can I remain on or begin workup for transplant?
Yes. DMC encourages all eligible patients to begin workup for
transplantation. We liaise with transplant coordinators and help facilitate
tests and blood work required. Over the years DMC is happy to report
that many of our patients have received both live related and cadaver
transplants.

+What is the atmosphere like at DMC?
DMC€™s layout, culture and environment are based on a philosophy of
wellness. Kidney disease is a chronic long term illness; as such we
strive to decrease the impact it has on our patients. Special attention is
thus given to the use of natural settings and the psychological impact
of colours, finishes, curved surfaces and artwork. The most frequent
comment we receive from patients and visitors is the quiet and relaxed
atmosphere at DMC. Overtime patients and staff come to know one
another like family and we believe the physical atmosphere reflects this.

+Can DMC patients travel?
Yes. Patients wish to travel and dialyze in many areas within the Canada
and overseas. DMC encourages travel and gathers information required
for dialysis at these facilities. DMC also promotes the use of Lion€™s
Camp Dorset dialysis facilities and has provided a link to a list of clinics
accepting travellers throughout the world.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1932-6920/homepage/the_list.htm

1087 Camp Dorset Rd
Dorset, Ontario P0A 1E0
phone: (705) 766-2780
fax: (705) 766-2735

http://www.lionscampdorset.on.ca/

+How do patients arrive to DMC?
Patients walk, bike,
drive or are driven to our
sites. If required, patients with mobility issues can coordinate
discussions with their social work to apply for transportation services.

+When is DMC open?
DMC clinics are open six days a week. Ministry of Health dictates the
number of hours that the facilities currently operate under. The hours of
operation have been determined by patient population and government
service request. For specific details please contact your local DMC
clinic.

+What do I need to bring to DMC?
For infection control, DMC allocates each patient with their own blood
pressure cuffs, fistula clamps & pillows covers that can be kept on site.
Patients will bring:
€¢ All home medications for review within the first week of transfer
or as requested
€¢ Medications provided by hospital
€¢ Headphones for TV
€¢ Blanket/Sheets

+What if I€™m on DMC€™s waiting list?
Ensure your home hospital, social worker and nephrologist know you
wish to receive treatment at DMC. Many patients are placed on the
waiting list prior to starting dialysis. When a spot becomes available
DMC will notify the hospital asking them to begin the transfer process.
To help us through the process please remain in contact with our facility
regarding your status and kindly sign up on our website. See prospective
patient section on website for online waiting list registration.