Holidays bring reduced hours for KHSC retail services

Over the next few weeks various patient and retail services at both the HDH and KGH sites of Kingston Health Sciences Centre will be running on reduced and/or slightly changed hours.  Please make note of the following changes:

Urgent & Emergency care

• HDH site:  The Urgent Care Centre is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.  The walk-in Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 27, 28 and 31. 

• KGH site:  The Emergency Department is open 24/7 for all life-threatening injuries and illnesses. 

Where to go for care this holiday season

As we head into the busy holiday season Kingston Health Sciences Centre urges people to know their options for accessing health care before they head to the Emergency Department, which can be very crowded at this time of year caring for patients with influenza and seasonal injuries.

To ensure that our Emergency teams can continue to provide the highest-level of care to the sickest individuals in our region, please see the information below regarding where you can access the appropriate medical care this holiday season.

Awards recognize excellence in providing patient and family-centred care

Patients, families and staff once again have an opportunity to honour the caregivers at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) through  two special awards.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Exceptional Healer: Patient and Family-Centred Physician Excellence Award and the  Exceptional Healer: Patient and Family-Centred Nurse Excellence Award .

Improving with age: New study sets its sights on skills of late-career eye surgeons

A new Canadian study will be reassuring to patients having cataract surgery performed by older surgeons, as it puts to rest concerns about declining skills and dexterity in the operating room as those surgeons advance in age.

Annual awards honour staff for deeply living the HDH Mission

The HDH Chapel was packed on November 6 as our HDH site paused to celebrate individuals and teams who particularly exemplify the HDH Mission and Values in the way they care for patients, families and each other.

2018 Coat Drive: Time to spread some warmth

With colder days around the corner, we’ve kicked off a beloved Mission tradition at our HDH site:  collecting coats and accessories to help people in our community stay warmer and healthier this winter.

Video game could improve the health of children with autism

A group of local families is helping a Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Queen’s University research team study the effectiveness of a novel “exergaming” program – a technology that combines fitness and video gaming – to help improve physical activity and health in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

A North American first: KHSC uses novel technology to perform complex aortic surgery

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has become the first in North America to offer a unique surgical procedure to treat patients with a complex aortic disease known as an aortic dissection, a life-threatening condition in which the largest artery in the body splits or breaks.

Repairing the aorta, especially at its upper arch – the curved segment where the neck vessels branch off to provide blood to the brain – is challenging and risky, and can be further complicated because the damage can extend further down, into the chest portion of the artery. 

KHSC trauma experts training the public to 'Stop the Bleed'

Saving lives is the specialty of trauma experts at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and now they’re taking the basics of one of their most critical skills—stopping uncontrollable bleeding—directly to the public so people can act quickly in emergencies such as active shooter or explosive events.

“Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma,” says Dr. Chris Evans, Medical Director for the Trauma Program at the KGH site. 

Research focuses on novel approach to physiotherapy

The worlds of physiotherapy and psychology might seem unrelated. However, one physiotherapist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) wants to find out if blending the two fields can lead to better patient care. 

Kyle Vader has worked in the Chronic Pain Clinic at the Hotel Dieu Hospital site of KHSC since 2016 and knows first-hand that the role of a physiotherapist is much more than simply coaching patients through physical movements.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre accredited in first year of integration

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has been successfully accredited by Accreditation Canada, signaling our success as a newly integrated organization in achieving almost 98 per cent compliance with close to 3,000 criteria for providing safe, high quality health services.   

Blues times two: OPP officer does double duty as KHSC volunteer

Dave Canty is no stranger to wearing blue after 28 years with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and now three years as a volunteer at the KGH site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre.  For him, the colour serves one simple but important purpose:  it’s an icebreaker.

Visionary care: Unique service aims to boost quality of life for people with vision loss

A first-of-its-kind model of care at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has the potential to be life-changing for individuals with vision loss that is untreatable medically, surgically or with standard eyeglasses. 

The South East Ontario Vision Rehabilitation Service (SOVRS) has set its sights on boosting the safety, independence and quality of life of individuals with vision loss, says Dr. Mark Bona, an ophthalmologist specializing in vision rehabilitation at the Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) site of KHSC.

Music to our ears: New hearing device program formally approved

With several successful cases under its belt, an innovative new program is officially underway at Kingston Health Sciences Centre to restore hearing to many patients who can’t be treated with regular hearing aids.   The Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) program in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Audiology/Speech Language Pathology at the HDH site has been approved to implant 10 BAHA devices each year.

Minister of Health visits KHSC

For the second time this year, Kingston Health Sciences Centre hosted the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care as Dr. Helena Jaczek visited our KGH site on April 6.

Province announces new funding for hospitals in Southeastern Ontario

Patients and families across our region will soon benefit from additional funding for hospitals in Kingston and Brockville.

On March 23, MPP Sophie Kiwala held an event at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) to announce that KHSC, Providence Care and Brockville General Hospital would be splitting an additional $11.6 million dollars in funding in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

New community exercise program launches for Cancer Centre patients

Exercise has been shown to have numerous positive benefits for patients with cancer, including improved quality of life as well as muscular and aerobic fitness. Now, a new partnership between the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario (CCSEO) and the YMCA of Kingston is making it easier than ever for patients to include physical activity as part of their care.

Epilepsy Centre set to grow

Starting next month, KHSC's Epilepsy Centre is set to grow the number of patients it can support, thanks to recent funding from the Provincial Government and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The funding was announced in October as part of KHSC's designation as a District Epilepsy Centre. It will result in two additional beds opening this April, as well as the purchase of a mobile EEG monitoring unit that can be used throughout the hospital.

Historically, the KGH site had two beds to perform EEG monitoring – one adult bed and one pediatric bed.

Accessing medical care this St. Patrick's Day weekend

With a busy weekend of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the city, Kingston Health Sciences Centre would like to remind the community to celebrate safely and responsibly.

KHSC has put plans in place to support an increase in patient demand, but to ensure that our Emergency teams can continue to provide the highest level of care to the sickest individuals in our region, please see the information below regarding where you can access the appropriate medical care if it’s required this weekend.

KHSC warns public about fraudulent recruitment e-mails

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) continues to receive reports of a fraudulent recruitment program targeting people and healthcare providers in various countries around the world. Originating from outside of Canada, the fraudulent campaign attempts to collect personal information from people who believe they are applying for false job opportunities at our Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site in Kingston, Ontario.

KHSC celebrates local “Advocate in Action” award recipient

In Kingston, over 47 per cent of the community has signed up to be an organ and tissue donor through the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), an impressive feat when compared to the provincial average of 32 per cent.

Creating a culture of innovation

Despite her recent retirement as the Head of the Department of Oncology, it’s been a busy few months for Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer. In December it was announced that she would be invested into the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada Julie Payette in a ceremony in Ottawa later this year. Now, she’s been tapped by Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) to develop the organization’s first innovation portfolio.

KHSC recognized as having most improved wait times in Ontario

As a result of a group of initiatives to improve patient flow, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has recently seen an impressive jump in rankings for wait-times in Ontario hospitals. When looking at wait times for admitted patients getting a bed on an inpatient unit, KHSC has improved from 67th place to 36th place of 73 hospitals in the province. Our ranking for overall wait-times has also improved from 53rd to 28th place.

An opportunity to save young lives

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare; their child is in hospital and suffers a heart attack or stops breathing. A new initiative being rolled out in Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is looking to avoid that by detecting early warning signs of decline in young patients sooner than ever before.

It’s called the Bedside Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) and it’s a documentation system to help identify children at risk and provide care teams with the next steps to hopefully stop the patient’s condition from deteriorating.

Cancer clinic expands to meet growing patient demand

Cancer treatment can help improve the quality and longevity of your life, but sometimes the treatment can have negative effects in other areas that aren’t as obvious. One area that is often overlooked is the impact it can have on a patient’s sexual health.

A clinic run out of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario is helping make it easier for patients to discuss their sexual health. In fact, this clinic has proven to be such a valuable resource for patients and their families that it’s expanding to meet the patient demand in a timely manner.

Kingston hospitals receive nearly $700,000 in new donations

February 8 was a significant day for Kingston’s hospitals as our University Hospitals Kingston Foundation announced nearly $700,000 in donations from the community over the course of one afternoon.

Shoppers Drug Mart unveiled the total raised through their annual Growing Women's Health campaign which has pledged $100,000 over five years to support new labour and delivery suites as part of our Phase 2 Redevelopment project. That was followed by the announcement of a $673,000 donation from the W.J. Henderson Foundation.

Cardiac program volunteers head straight to the 'heart' of care

While volunteer Don Cooper doesn’t know yet if he’ll be wearing red on Feb. 14, he knows for sure that he’ll be at his usual hospital post on Valentine’s Day, ready—as always—to try and make life a little easier for people whose hearts need some extra special care.  

Dr. Shawna Johnston honoured for creating an excellent patient care experience

Her strong commitment to putting patients and families at the centre of care has earned Dr. Shawna Johnston the 2018 Exceptional Healer Award from Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).

Clinic to improve wait-times for patients with knee and hip arthritis

Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s Rapid Access Clinic occupies an unassuming space in the orthopedics clinic on Johnson 7 at our Hotel Dieu Hospital site. While the clinic resembles many others spread out across our two hospital sites, it’s playing a key role in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s strategy to improve wait-times for hip and knee patients in Ontario.

New treatment approach helps patients receive care closer to home

Patients in Southeastern Ontario on a specific type of chemotherapy are now benefiting from a novel approach to receive their care closer to home. 

Known as Vidaza, this injectable treatment is used to treat certain types of bone marrow cancers and blood cell disorders. Typically, patients on Vidaza receive it seven days in a row every three weeks, during a 15 minute appointment. 

Partnering to attract top talent to Kingston

In the world of healthcare, partnerships are essential to thrive and provide the best care possible, which is why Providence Care and Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) have teamed up to create a shared People Services department that spans the two organizations. This strategy has proven to have many benefits from sharing technology, learning and opening both organizations up to a breadth of new expertise and leading people practices.

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