May 2020

Welcome to Renal News Express -- highlighting happenings from our BC renal network!

COVID-19: Kidney Resources

The Government of BC has launched its Restart Plan and the province is now toward the end of  Phase 2 of re-opening some non-essential businesses and services while continuing to address COVID-19. BC Renal and the health authority renal programs continue to be committed to supporting British Columbians living with kidney disease as the situation evolves. To help share information, we have COVID-19 webpages for patients and for health professionals.

There, you can view and download resources we’ve created related to clinical care of hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis and kidney care (non-dialysis) patients. Many of the patient resources are available in English, Chinese & Punjabi.

Also, check out our People Profiles feature below to hear from the leaders around the province who came together mid-March to form BC Renal’s Emergency Operations Committee and learn about their role in ensuring the continuation of kidney care during the pandemic.


People Profiles

COVID-19 BC Renal Emergency Operations Committee

“I have been amazed and humbled by the response of the entire renal community to this crisis."  - Dr. Mike Copland

The BC Renal network’s response to COVID-19 has been a collective effort across British Columbia’s five regional health authorities.

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Submitted by Karin Jackson

Did you know that the PROMIS team has developed new reports and features to support care teams in their COVID-19 response?

Our agile development methodology has enabled us to quickly develop and release new features and enhancements approximately every two weeks to respond to critical emerging needs.

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It's Green Shirt Day! 💚💛 Register your wishes for organ donation. Tell your family. Be inspired! BC residents can register online here:

While we're focusing on COVID-19 needs at this time, these photos provide a flashback to many of our BC Renal staff proudly showing support in 2019! 💚😀💚 #LoganBouletEffect Green Shirt Day BC Transplant The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch

Webinar/teleconference for Canadian dialysis patients & caregivers: COVID-19 and Dialysis Patients - Your Questions Answered, Wed. Apr. 15, 9:15 - 10:45 am Pacific time. Presenters: Drs. Pierre Antoine Brown, Adeera Levin & Peter Blake. Info & to register:

Patient Goal-Setting

This year, “What Matters to You?” Day, will be celebrated across BC on June 9.

As a provincial renal network, “What Matters to You?” is also promoted as a starter for conversations for setting collaborative goals between health professionals and patients in managing kidney disease, focusing on what matters to the patient.

Please stay tuned for various activities in your renal programs leading up to this special day and beyond.

“What Matters to You?” as a Starter to Meaningful Conversations

“What matters to you?” is a simple question that can have a big impact on care. When health professionals have a conversation about what really matters to the people they care for, it helps them ensure care is aligned with patient preferences and provide more person- and family-centred care.

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Have you participated in BC Renal's online thought exchange?

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Take part in the current question: “What are some of the most important challenges we need to think about as we respond to COVID-19 and adapt to the newer reality?”

You can participate here: