November 21, 2000

Construction of Dialysis and Oncology Clinics Begins at Seven Oaks

Construction of a new building at Seven Oaks General Hospital, which will house a Dialysis Clinic, and an Oncology Clinic, began today to help meet the growing need for health services in the community, Health Minister Dave Chomiak announced.

"I'm pleased this project is moving forward," Chomiak said. "This new facility will serve the needs of the many Manitobans who need dialysis and oncology therapies in Manitoba."

The two-story, 20,350 square foot building will be located adjacent to the Emergency entrance, and will be linked to the Hospital for the provision of support services.

The 20-station Dialysis Clinic will initially provide hemodialysis treatments for up to 80 patients, three times a week. The project will also oversee the conversion of 20 interim care beds at Seven Oaks Hospital to provide non-complex inpatient care for individuals on dialysis. Space for future expansion, and a dialysis teaching/follow-up clinic is included in the plan.

The Oncology Clinic will have space for six outpatient treatment stations, a clinic area, pharmacy preparation area, and support services.

"The creation of the Dialysis Clinic and the Oncology Clinic means increased accessibility to, and additional space for these life-saving therapies," said Dr. Brian Post, Chief Executive Officer, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. "It will enhance the continuum of care by offering dialysis services in a community site."

"We are excited about the expansion of our facility to provide enhanced oncology and dialysis services," said Mark Neskar, Chief Executive Officer, Seven Oaks General Hospital. "These services fit perfectly into our mission to provide services across the entire continuum."

Dialysis treatments are currently provided at 13 locations in Manitoba. All patients who need kidney dialysis have end-stage renal disease, which means they must have dialysis services to live.

The hospital project is part of Manitoba Health's capital plan for 2000-01. The plan includes health-care facility construction, building improvements, ongoing maintenance and technology upgrades.

Completion of the project is anticipated by January 2002.

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