CMH Liver Health Clinic Opening Serving Wellington County, Waterloo Region, Guelph Ontario Health News on Guelph Now
This one-stop-shop could not have come sooner
Opening of a liver health clinic at CMH serving Wellington County and the Region of Waterloo
Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) is very proud to announce the launch of the CMH Regional Liver Health Center (RLHC). This clinic is now accepting referrals from Waterloo Region and Wellington County with the goal of providing patients with the diagnosis, treatment and management of advanced liver disease. This can include conditions such as advanced cirrhosis, acute hepatitis, and metabolic-associated fatty liver disease, among other liver disorders. Consultations with dietitians and nurses will also be available to supplement medical services.
âThis one-stop-shop could not have arrived sooner. In Waterloo Wellington, there could be as many as 6,000 to 9,000 patients with cirrhosis, and that number is increasing, âsaid Dr. Augustin Nguyen, Chief of Medicine. âUntil now, liver health care has been fragmented in our region. The management of patients with advanced disease is often difficult when there is a lack of coordination and specialists. This fragmented care can lead to an increase in emergency room visits, hospitalizations or referrals for care outside the region.
According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease in their lifetime and includes everyone from newborns to the elderly. It can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are vague and can be easily confused with other health issues. In some cases, a person may not have any symptoms and yet their liver has already been damaged.
âIn 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,â added Stephanie Pearsall, Vice President of Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Officer. âThis is the start of our vision to establish a regional liver health network that will see future improvements such as new diagnostic equipment and a region-wide admission system connecting the patient to the next available specialist. “
âWe are grateful for the support and investment of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, as they were one of the early catalysts in the opening of the Liver Health Clinic. Their commitment plays a vital role in strengthening local health care for residents, providing them with access to quality care near you, âsaid Lisa Short, Executive Director of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation.
The CMH RLHC officially opened on Tuesday, October 12. Referrals to the clinic are made only by the doctor.