Liver Health Clinic Opens at CMH Serving Waterloo Region, Wellington County

Liver Health Clinic opens at CMH serving Waterloo Region and Wellington County

“There may be as many as 6,000 to 9,000 patients with cirrhosis in the region, and that number is increasing.”- Dr Augustin Nguyen

Cambridge, Ont. – 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 diagnosis, treatment and management of advanced liver disease. This can include conditions such as advanced cirrhosis, acute hepatitis, and metabolically-associated fatty liver disease, among other liver disorders. Dietitian and RN consultations will also be available to complement medical services.

“This one-stop clinic couldn’t have happened sooner. In Waterloo Wellington, there could be as many as 6,000 to 9,000 patients with cirrhosis, and that number is increasing,” said Dr Augustin Nguyen, Chief Medical Officer. “Until 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 increased emergency room visits, hospitalizations or referrals for out-of-region care.

According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, 1 in 4 Canadians could be affected by liver disease in their lifetime and includes everyone from newborns to seniors. It can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are vague and can be easily confused with other health conditions. In some cases, a person may have no symptoms and yet their liver has already suffered damage.

“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. “This is the start of our vision to establish a regional liver health network that will see future enhancements such as new diagnostic equipment and a region-wide intake system connecting the patient to the next available specialist. “

“We are grateful for the support and investment of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, as they were one of the early catalysts for 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,” said Lisa Short, Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The CMH RLHC officially opened its doors on Tuesday, October 12. Referrals to the clinic are made by a physician only.

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