The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is a tertiary care referral centre serving a population of approximately 1.5 million. It is a 167-bed hospital and the only tertiary-level facility exclusively for pediatric care in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario.
The Division of Nephrology consists of both ambulatory and inpatient components with several new consultations per week in each area. This provides residents with the opportunity to be exposed to the full spectrum of renal disease in children up to 18 years of age.
There is a hospital-based hemodialysis and home-based peritoneal dialysis service for chronic renal failure patients and both modalities are used in the inpatient setting. Consultations to both the intensive care and neonatal intensive care units provide the trainee with a full spectrum of acute renal problems, fluid, electrolyte and neonatal renal disorders.
Renal transplantation is performed in the on-site adult facility with immediate post-operative transfer to CHEO. Smaller patients are transplanted at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto or the Montreal Children’s Hospital with care subsequently transferred to our service once there are no longer any surgical concerns.