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 metabolic associated fatty liver disease.
Consultations with dietitians and registered nurses will also be available to complete the services.
“This one-stop-shop could not have happened sooner,” said Dr. Augustin Nguyen, chief medical officer, in a press release.
“In Waterloo Wellington, there may be as many as 6,000 to 9,000 patients living with cirrhosis, and that number is increasing. Until now, liver health care has been fragmented in our region. it’s 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. Only doctors are referred to the clinic.