Construction scheduled to start on local dialysis clinic

January 6, 2021

HIGH PRAIRIE – Construction is scheduled to start this month on a renal dialysis clinic at the High Prairie Health Complex.

Design is complete and construction of the new unit is expected to take approximately 10 months.

Once the necessary staff are recruited and trained, and construction is finished, the facility is expected to start accepting patients in early 2022. The community will be updated as more information becomes available about the anticipated opening date. Currently, local and area residents need to leave the community to receive this life-sustaining treatment.

The six-station dialysis clinic will be open three days per week with the ability to treat 12 patients a day, in privacy and comfort, meeting the demand for service in the community and surrounding areas now and in the future.

“It is great news that construction is going to be starting very soon on this new dialysis space in High Prairie,” says Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS). “Dialysis is a life-saving treatment and, when complete, this space will help improve the patient experience for local and surrounding area residents and their loved ones.”

In February 2019, the Government of Alberta announced it was providing $5.2 million to AHS to build a new dialysis clinic in shelled-in space at the High Prairie Health Centre. This decision followed significant engagement with hemodialysis patients who live closer to High Prairie than to any other dialysis unit.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.