GRH's renal program is a regional centre with chronic kidney disease (CKD) services for those living in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. It is one of the largest renal programs within a community hospital in Ontario.
Our program consists of in-centre, home and satellite hemodialysis units. We also have outpatient peritoneal dialysis and chronic kidney disease clinics.
These units are located at different campuses/sites as outlined below:
- GRH KW Campus, 835 King Street West, Kitchener
- GRH Freeport Campus, 3570 King Street East, Kitchener
- Guelph Site, 73 Delhi Street, Guelph
- Palmerston Site, 500 White’s Road, Palmerston
Our KW Campus has several parking options for you depending on the length of your treatment and/or hospital stay. Click here to view our various parking options.
Our program provides a continuum of services that include:
- The renal clinics which medically support the management of pre-end stage kidney disease and transplant work-up. The multidisciplinary team educates and supports patients requiring dialysis.
- The peritoneal dialysis clinics which medically support the management of peritoneal dialysis at home.
- A full care in-centre hemodialysis unit which medically supports inpatient and outpatient hemodialysis services.
- A home hemodialysis program which medically supports the management of hemodialysis at home.
- Three satellite units that allow dialysis patients in the Guelph, south Kitchener and Palmerston areas to receive care closer to home.
- We also support patients who require hemodialysis care from St. Mary’s General Hospital’s cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU).
The Grand River Hospital Foundation provides televisions throughout the hemodialysis units for you while you receive your treatment. Visit our renal channel providing health information about chronic kidney disease.
Visiting Waterloo Region and your renal care
If you are seeking travel to the Kitchener-Waterloo area and would need dialysis during your stay, please call us at 519-749-4300, extension 2628 for more information. Our staff will work with you to determine your needs and how we can best help you.
COVID-19 and Renal Care
You may have questions about receiving renal care during the COVID-19 pandemic. General information and FAQ's about COVID-19 and the hospital are available here.
We have many measures in place to support you in getting the renal care you need safely.
- Everyone who enters a GRH facility is screened for COVID-19 and must wear a mask;
- Waiting spaces have been changed to allow for physical distancing;
- All staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as gowns and gloves;
- Extra cleaning of our spaces where necessary;
- Virtual care options where possible, to allow patients to remain at home;
- Patients are tested for COVID-19 when necessary;
- Limiting visitors to the unit, which helps limit the spread of the virus;
- Patients who have COVID-19 or suspect they have COVID-19 are separated from other patients to stop the spread.
What can renal patients do to protect themselves from COVID-19?
Patients with kidney disease are at risk of contracting COVID-19 for several reasons. For example, kidney disease can weaken your immune system, which means you can get sick more easily.
The most important thing you can do is follow public health guidelines:
- Wear a mask that properly covers your nose and mouth
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face (especially nose, eyes and mouth)
- Practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet (2m) away from other people
- Stay home and avoid non-essential trips or gatherings
- Stay connected with family and friends virtually instead of in-person.
Dialysis and COVID-19 - Dialysis is ESSENTIAL!
If you receive dialysis, you will continue to receive dialysis treatment even if you are ill. Skipping dialysis treatments can make you very sick or even be life-threatening.
If you are having any symptoms, call the dialysis unit ahead of time so that staff can be better prepared to help you. Our contact information is below.
If you’re a patient and would like to make an appointment change or need to contact a member of your health care team, please call us at:
519-749-4300 x 2628 KW Campus
519-749-4300 x 7400 Freeport Satellite Unit
519-749-4300 x 3642 Guelph Satellite Unit
519-417-4050 Palmerston Satellite Unit
519-749-4300 x 3926 Right Start
Peter Wechselmann: spreading positivity at Guelph Renal ClinicApril 11, 2019
Peter Wechselmann isn’t a volunteer to provide advice, but rather to help Guelph patients with kidney disease understand they’re not alone.
Charles Cook: Encouraging patients to “keep bangin” through treatmentApril 9, 2019
Every Monday, Charles Cook brings smiles and hope to patients in Grand River Hospital’s renal program. As a former patient with kidney disease, he knows the difference that support can make.
Pam Cerqueira: educating and supporting patients for at home kidney careFebruary 8, 2019
Pam knows the benefits self-care and independence can have on patients with kidney disease. That’s why it is her mission to educate and support patients with kidney disease to take control of their own care from the comfort of their home.
Jane Martin: advancing regional health services in Waterloo WellingtonDecember 13, 2018
Jane Martin is focused on advancing several regional health programs at Grand River Hospital along with key diagnostic services to their full potential.
Grand River Hospital receives recognition from Ontario Renal Network for encouraging and supporting at home kidney careDecember 10, 2018
There’s no place like home for more patients in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington needing life-sustaining kidney care.
Susan McKenzie: supporting and appreciating gifts in health careDecember 7, 2018
Susan McKenzie knows how donations of all kinds can make a difference in health care. And because of that, she wants to give hope.
Wendy Lupton: bringing front line practice to advancing care with better dataNovember 22, 2018
As she celebrates a quarter century in health, it’s clear Wendy Lupton has moved seamlessly from front-line services to making the best data available to improve care.
Kia Moazzami: building a foundation for compassionate care through volunteeringAugust 24, 2018
For Kia Moazzami, volunteering at Grand River Hospital has combined the opportunities of giving back and preparing for a future health care career as a pharmacist.