Below is information about COVID-19 that is specific to patients and families of the Regional Renal Program of South Eastern Ontario– also known as the Kidney Program.
- Is the George Street entrance and GIDRU entrance to the KHSC hub closed? How do I get in for my appointment?
- Is my appointment at the KHSC hub (located on Burr 3 of Kingston General Hospital site) cancelled?
- Is my appointment at the satellite dialysis site cancelled?
- How much medication should I keep on hand in case I can’t go to the clinic or pharmacy to pick up more?
- What are you doing to protect us from possible infection when we come for a visit?
- What can I do to prevent getting infected?
- Should I wear a face mask?
- As a patient, is it safe for me to go to work? To go outside?
- Can I still bring my family member to their appointment?
- What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
- What do I do if someone in my house is sick or develops a fever?
- Can I still have my dialysis treatment if I screen positive for COVID-19?
All patients and visitors of the Renal program are to use the Burr 0 main entrance, located at 25 King Street West, to enter the building. When leaving the hospital you may use any exit.
Each person who enters the hospital will be screened for COVID-19. This involves answering questions to assess your symptoms and risk of exposure and, depending on your results, will determine where you go next for your appointment.
Only one well person with no out of country travel history within the past 14 days is permitted to accompany a patient to an appointment, although we strongly encourage people to attend appointments alone. The goal is to encourage non-essential people to avoid the hospital. Please contact the care team if you feel as though you need a support person to come to your appointment with you.
No appointments are being cancelled. All clinic appointments are being reviewed by the care team and identified if they can be held over the phone or continue in-person.
For appointments that must take place at KHSC (dialysis), you will be asked COVID-19 screening questions upon entry to the hospital to assess your symptoms and risk of exposure.
No dialysis appointments are being cancelled. To minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19 all satellite site patients will receive a screening phone call prior to their scheduled appointment. The screening questions will evolve on the advice of our Infection Control practitioners.
If you were scheduled to receive treatment at a satellite site and you answered ‘yes’ to a screening question, you may be asked to come to Kingston for your treatment. This decision will be made in consultation with your care team.
Pharmacies are considered an essential service and will continue to be available to meet patient medication needs. At this time, it is not necessary to request additional refill quantities or early refills. Your community pharmacist may reduce your prescription dispensed quantity to a 30-day supply at a time to ensure no medication shortages occur as a result of stockpiling of medications.
If you need your prescription delivered, please contact your dispensing pharmacy to ask about delivery options.
If you are running low on your prescription medication please ask your dispensing pharmacy to fax a refill request and we will process it as soon as we are able.
We are working closely with our Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) team and taking many precautions to protect our patients and staff from exposure to COVID-19. This includes:
- Requiring all patients and staff to wear masks or face coverings
- Limiting family presence and visitors
- Actively screening everyone who enters our facility
- Using additional proper personal protective equipment (like masks and gowns) when needed
- Promoting physical distancing wherever possible
- Following IPAC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
There is a wide range of symptoms for people with COVID-19 ranging from no symptoms to severe pneumonia. It is possible that renal and kidney patients are at a higher risk of more severe symptoms.
Like all members of the general public, kidney and renal patients should do their best to avoid infection. This includes:
- Avoiding crowded public places and maintaining a distance of two meters from others as much as possible
- Wearing a mask or face covering
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water (20 to 30 sec)
- Avoid touching their face
- Covering their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Avoiding others who are unwell
- Keeping a small social circle of 10 or fewer close friends and family
- Staying home when sick
Yes – it is mandatory for patients, family members and staff to wear facemasks when inside a KHSC site as well as when in any indoor space in our community. Wearing a mask is an effective way to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
There are many things you can do to be as safe as possible when out in the community (see question 6).
Certain renal patients may have some lingering immune deficits and may be at risk for serious disease, particularly those who have received transplants.
If work puts you in close contact with other people (i.e. healthcare, retail service), it is recommended that you not be at work if you can at all avoid it. If you are able to work remotely from home, this is encouraged.
Staying active during this time is important. Outdoor activities are encouraged as long as safety and prevention rules like social distancing and hand hygiene are followed.
Only one well person who passes the hospital screening questions is permitted to accompany a patient to an appointment, although we strongly encourage people to attend appointments alone. The goal is to encourage non-essential people to avoid the hospital. Please connect with a member of the care team if you require a support person during your visit.
Please visit your nearest assessment center to be tested for COVID-19 and be sure to follow safety precautions like wearing a mask, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. If you have an upcoming appointment, please contact your care team to notify them of your symptoms or test results prior to coming in.
If someone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, they should visit their nearest assessment center to be tested. Click here for guidelines on how to self-islolate at home if they test positive.
All treatment decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the lead physician. If you were scheduled to receive treatment at a satellite site (outside of the KHSC hub located at the Kingston General Hospital site), you may be asked to come to Kingston for your treatment. At the KHSC hub site we have isolated a space and schedule to allow those who screen positive to receive their treatment and to safeguard the health of all patients, families and staff.
Take your temperature and if it is 37.5 Celsius or 99.5 Fahrenheit call the Transplant Team for further instructions.
Who should I call during business hours?
The Transplant Nurses at 613-549-6666 extension 2148
Who should I call after hours?
Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-7000
Will my fever be the same as everyone else’s since I’m on my prednisone?
No. Your fever could be reduced due to your immunosuppression medications. That’s why we want you to take your temperature and call the Transplant Team.
How much more at risk am I to get COVID-19 because I’m immunosuppressed?
We do not have specific information at this time. We do know that COVID-19 causes more severe symptoms in patients who have underlying health concerns or co-morbidities. Please make sure you are taking precautions to avoid infection.
Do I come to Transplant Clinic?
Your Transplant Team will call you if you require a clinic visit. Please be adherent to these instructions to avoid exposure. If a clinic visit is not needed, your Transplant Team will notify you. You may only need blood work with a follow up phone call from the Doctor.
Where do I go for blood work?
Your Transplant Team will provide instructions on locations for blood work.
Should I go to work?
This depends on the amount of contact you have with the public and risk of exposure. Please call the Transplant Team to discuss this in more detail. A sick letter may be provided if indicated.
Should my partner go to work?
This will depend on your partner’s job and risk of exposure. Please call the Transplant Team to discuss this further. Please be advised the Transplant Team will NOT provide sick leave notes for your partner.
What do I do if someone in my house is sick or develops a fever?
Reduce contact with them and follow infection precautions
Should I come in for my IV iron?
Please call the Transplant Team to discuss this and re-evaluate the urgency for the infusion.
Should I go for my IV Solaris in the community infusion clinic?
Yes, unless you are ill. Please call the Transplant Team if you have any questions.
I’m due for my Pentamidine inhalation treatment at the hospital. Should I go?
Yes unless you are ill. Please call the Transplant Team if you have any questions.
What if I have some of the symptoms but not the fever?
Please call the Transplant Team to discuss.