Health provider maintains current dialysis service
After travelling up and down the Sunshine Coast for nearly five months, a Powell River resident is hopeful she may start receiving her dialysis treatments in Powell River. However, Providence Health Care (PHC), the provider that operates the dialysis unit at Powell River General Hospital, is not anticipating a change to services.
Myrna Leishman has been driving to Sechelt three times a week since October for dialysis, which sustains kidney function. Leishman has had type 2 diabetes for over 25 years and her kidneys were slowly deteriorating, making dialysis inevitable.
According to Leishman, attempts at receiving training to do the treatment herself were unsuccessful. When she was told she could receive dialysis in Sechelt instead of North Vancouver, she jumped at the opportunity to return to Powell River at night.
Megan Cole reports.
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy