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Infrastructure and Capacity Planning – System Performance Data

With a growing and aging population, Ontario’s renal care system faces significant infrastructure and capacity pressures. Understanding demographic and population growth patterns is important to planning for future needs.

In-Centre Dialysis Occupancy Across Ontario

Results

Thirteen of 27 Regional Renal Programs exceeded their recommended maximum capacity for in-centre dialysis (dialysis at locations other than at home) in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year 2021/22. This number has decreased since the previous 3 quarters.

We recommend a maximum capacity for Regional Renal Programs of 85% occupancy (85% of dialysis patient spots being used) at hub sites, and 100% occupancy at each of the non-hub site dialysis facilities (i.e., off-site and satellite units). Hub sites provide a full range of renal care services. They must reserve capacity for patients who no longer meet the criteria for dialyzing at home or in a satellite location and need more complex care.

Why it matters

Measuring the use of hemodialysis resources helps Regional Renal Programs with their planning to ensure they can meet current and future dialysis needs across the province.

See Provincial Occupancy – Indicator Methodology for technical information.

Data Sources
Ontario Renal Reporting System, Regional Renal Program Operational Schedule Information

Percentage of Regional Renal Programs operating above their maximum recommended in-centre dialysis capacity, Q2 2020/21 to Q4 2020/21
Fiscal quarter Percentage of Regional Renal Programs
Q2 2020/21 56%
Q3 2020/21 56%
Q4 2020/21 56%
Q1 2021/22 48%

Data Source
Ontario Renal Reporting System, Regional Renal Program Operational Schedule Information

See Regional Renal Program Occupancy - Indicator Methodology for technical information.

Data Sources
Ontario Renal Reporting System, Regional Renal Program Operational Schedule Information

In-centre dialysis occupancy compared to recommended maximum capacity, by Regional Renal Program, Q1 2021/22
Regional Renal Program Occupancy Rate (compared to recommended maximum capacity) Recommended Maximum In-Centre Hemodialysis Treatment Capacity (capable to deliver within a given week) Number of Prevalent In-Centre Hemodialysis Treatments (delivered within a given week)
Renfrew Victoria Hospital 65% 363 237
London Health Sciences Centre 80% 2409 1920
Halton Healthcare Services 82% 983 807
Niagara Health System 87% 1275 1113
Mackenzie Health 88% 1764 1548
Health Sciences North 90% 908 819
Windsor Regional Hospital 91% 823 750
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 94% 830 777
Kingston Health Sciences Centre 94% 1196 1128
Timmins and District Hospital 95% 92 87
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton 96% 1732 1662
Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital 97% 672 651
St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto 97% 699 681
Sault Area Hospital 98% 236 231
St. Michael's Hospital 101% 1220 1227
Trillium Health Partners 102% 1319 1341
University Health Network 102% 1311 1335
The Ottawa Hospital 103% 1964 2019
Royal Victoria Hospital 104% 490 507
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 104% 867 900
William Osler Health System 106% 1564 1665
Humber River Hospital 107% 1425 1521
Grand River Hospital 107% 1168 1254
Peterborough Regional Health Centre 108% 715 771
Scarborough Health Network 112% 1999 2229
Lakeridge Health 115% 780 897
North Bay Regional Health Centre 118% 173 204

See Regional Renal Program Occupancy - Indicator Methodology for technical information.

Data Sources
Ontario Renal Reporting System, Regional Renal Program Operational Schedule Information

Improving care in Ontario

We support Regional Renal Programs in several ways to improve access to dialysis:

  • Infrastructure and capacity planning, by providing:
    • dialysis capacity assessments with a 10-year outlook of forecasted demand for dialysis by region
    • quarterly in-centre hemodialysis occupancy reports
  • Strategic dialysis capacity plans developed by Regional Renal Programs to plan for forecasted future demand for in-centre dialysis
  • Funding to support Regional Regional Programs in purchasing dialysis machines and equipment