Cambridge Memorial Hospital launches regional liver health center

Cambridge Memorial Hospital is now accepting referrals from Waterloo Region and Wellington County for its Regional Liver Health Center (RLHC).

The RLHC will provide the diagnosis, treatment, and management of advanced liver disease, including advanced cirrhosis, acute hepatitis, and metabolically-associated fatty liver disease.

Dietitians and RNs will also be available to supplement services.

“This one-stop clinic could not have happened sooner,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Augustin Nguyen said in a press release.

“In Waterloo Wellington, there can be as many as 6,000 to 9,000 patients with cirrhosis, and that number is growing. Until now, liver health care has been fragmented in our region. It is often difficult to care for patients with advanced disease when there is a lack of coordination and specialists.”

According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, one in four Canadians could be affected by liver disease in their lifetime.

“In partnership with regional hospitals, we are committed to strengthening liver health services in our community and reducing the wait time of up to two years to see a liver specialist,” added Stephanie Pearsall, Vice President of Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Officer.

The Liver Center officially opened on October 12. Referrals to the clinic are made by a physician only.

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