Community Dialysis Units patient & family guide

A guide for patients and families visiting Providence Health Care's Community Dialysis Units.

Nurse looks at her monitor as a patient lies in a bed beside her


We use many factors to decide whether you can receive hemodialysis in the Community Dialysis Unit:

  • Your health status
  • How stable you are on dialysis
  • How well your blood access line functions
  • How mobile you are
  • If you are able to get in and out of a treatment chair on your own
  • If you have transportation to and from a Community Dialysis Unit
  • If there is space available in the Community Dialysis Unit


Most patients have dialysis three times a week. You are given appointment times. However this schedule can change depending on your medical needs and other issues that can influence your care.

Regular dialysis times

Arrival times

7:00 -8:00 am

12:30 - 1:30 pm

5:30 - 6:15 pm

Finish times

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

4:45 - 5:30 pm

9:45 - 10:45 pm


You will be scheduled for a Hemodialysis Clinic appointment at the Community Dialysis Unit every six months. We strongly encourage you to come to your clinic appointment with our care team. This will be a chance to address any medical or hemodialysis concerns. We will send an update on your medical status to your family doctor as well as other doctors involved in your care.

What to bring

There are lockers for patients in some of the Community Dialysis Units. Staff will give you a locker and you bring your own lock. You may keep your mug, headset, blanket and pillow in your locker. Please keep all personal things in the locker and keep it locked all the time. Community Dialysis Units do not assume responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

Patient rights & responsibilities

What you can expect from your care team