Garden Hill Renal Health Unit

Garden Hill is an hour's flight north of Winnipeg on Island Lake in north-eastern Manitoba
The Garden Hill Renal Health Unit serves four First Nations communities: St. Theresa Point, Red Sucker Lake, Wasagamack, and Garden Hill.
Winter Garden Hill lasts from October to May.
The community is accessible only by air, except for one month in the middle of the winter, when the ice road is open.
The community is accessible only by air, except for one month in the middle of the winter, when the ice road is open.
The Renal Health Unit at Garden Hill is fully equipped with the most modern technology.
Theresa Harper comes from St. Theresa Point three times a week for dialysis.
Jack Harper, also from St. Theresa Point, shares a light moment with one of the dialysis nurses.
Most patients like Claude Taylor, sleep through dialysis, a process that usually takes between three to five hours.
Madeline Little is able to help look after her grandchildren now that she can receive dialysis in her home community.
Youth are a priority in the prevention program. David McKay has his eyes tested for early signs of diabetes.
Dialysis is a complex process requiring much medical equipment and careful vigilance on the part of nursing staff.
Nurses Mirasol Salacup (left) and Lesly Dofeliz (right) take care of Theresa Harper at the end of her dialysis session.
Wendy Walley with Mirasol and Lesly. Originally from the Philippines, the two nurses met one another while working in Saudi Arabia.
The community television station keeps everyone up to date on the latest news, even in the dialysis unit.

Photography: David Campion

The establishment of a renal dialysis unit within a half hour journey of the four First Nations communities clustered on Island Lake in north eastern Manitoba has made a substantial improvement in their quality of life. People dependent on dialysis no longer have to uproot their families and move to Winnipeg. They are reunited with their friends, support networks and the culture of their communities. Many are even able to return to work and move on with their lives. And as the Renal Health Unit proceeds with the education and prevention work it has planned with the communities, there is hope that future generations will enjoy better health.

To learn more:


Address: University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Phone: 204-474-8880 1-800-432-1960 (within North America)

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