Bringing the full scope of bariatric services to our region

Surgery

In November 2015, Hotel Dieu Hospital secured $175,000 in provincial funding to support the launch of a surgical component in its Bariatric Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre (RATC), a move that will bring the full scope of bariatric services to our region.

Currently, the RATC at Hotel Dieu provides pre-surgical assessment and post-surgical follow-up and behavioural counseling for patients who elect to undergo weight loss surgery.  Until now, patients in our region who are eligible for bariatric surgery needed to travel to Toronto for their procedure.  Expanding the Kingston RATC to include surgery will support a continuum of care for patients now served by the RATC and build on the expertise of an existing interdisciplinary bariatrics team.

Implementation of the bariatric surgical program is now fully underway, with a steering committee and implementation working group established to determine project deliverables and timelines.  The provincial capital funding has supported the purchase of essential start-up equipment and a bariatric surgeon has been recruited.  Expected to launch in September 2016, the new program will target 60 cases in 2016-2017.

“About 25 per cent of Canadians are obese, while the obesity rate in our LHIN is 30.3 per cent of the adult population,” says Mike McDonald, Chief of Patient Care/Chief Nursing Executive. 

“Situating a bariatric assessment centre at Hotel Dieu has made obesity treatment more accessible and helped to reduce the number of people at risk of serious health complications that can result from this condition.  Now, bringing weight loss surgery under our roof can only continue to benefit patients.  It will provide a comprehensive program at one site, bring care closer to home for patients and ensure their care in an optimal environment within a single team.”

With the introduction of bariatric surgery, Hotel Dieu will be recognized as a Regional Bariatric Centre of Excellence, one of only six in the province.