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Helping kidney patients connect

A pilot project being developed by the Niagara Health System aims to open lines of communication for kidney disease patients, who can sometimes feel disconnected during lengthy hemodialysis sessions.

The six-month pilot will feature an online forum and an in-person community that will meet a couple times per month. Both components are aimed at helping patients support each other, share information and provide feedback to program leadership.

St. Catharines dialysis patient Paul Zuwala, who has kidney cancer and undergoes two four-hour dialysis treatments each week, is helping NHS plan the project.

The Kidney Care Program provides dialysis services in Niagara Falls (at a community-based satellite centre) and at the Welland and St. Catharines sites.