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Home Hemodialysis - Northern Alberta Renal Program (NARP)

Alternate names: HHD
(Previous names: Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis, Northern Alberta Renal Program Home Hemodialysis)

Home Hemodialysis is completed by the patient in the home and offers greater independence and an increased sense of well-being. Patients receive approximately six weeks training at the Aberhart site and return home to perform their own dialysis. Home Hemodialysis is a gentler method of dialysis because blood flow and dialysate flow are slower. Extra fluid is removed more gradually over a longer period of time. It offers more dialysis than can be offered in a hospital setting. The usual dialysis schedule is six to eight hours, six nights per week. Patients may choose nocturnal at night while they sleep, short daily, or conventional hemodialysis.

Who can benefit from Home Hemodialysis: patients who drive a long distance to their dialysis treatments; patients who are finding it difficult to continue working because of their dialysis schedule; and patients who are motivated and want more involvement in their care.

Available to

Eligible patients should have adequate hemodialysis access; adequate vision, hearing, and manual dexterity to perform procedures and safely troubleshoot; the ability to participate in their care; appropriate water supply; and adequate space for dialysis equipment and supplies.

Referral needed

Must be assessed and referred by a Nephrologist.

Referral form for Home Hemodialysis Assessment is available at any dialysis unit in Northern Alberta or by contacting the Home Hemodialysis Unit.

Service providers

Dietitians, Nephrologists, Nurses, Social Workers and Renal Technologists

Service locations

Please visit the links below for more details about this service at various locations.

  • Aberhart Centre
    Room 8133
    11402 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J3; 780-407-8013