A sight for sore eyes: Bright and shiny, HDH eye clinic re-opens after fire

After a eight-week shutdown due to a fire in July, the Mary Alice 1 (MA-1) Emergency Eye Clinic at our Hotel Dieu Hospital site reopened today looking brighter than ever.  Even better, it weathered the temporary closure without cancelling a single patient.

Fire damage made it impossible to use the seven MA-1 exam lanes, which meant ramping up volumes—50 to 100 extra patients daily—in two already-busy clinics on Level 6 at the HDH site.

Where to go for care this Labour Day holiday weekend

Kingston Health Sciences Centre wishes you a safe and healthy Labour Day holiday weekend.  Please note:

Our Pediatric Urgent Care (walk-in) Clinic at the HDH site is closed Monday, September 2.

All eyes on new digital technology in ophthalmology program

It’s not often that new technology checks off the big priorities at Kingston Health Sciences Centre all at once but the launch of an advanced digital slit lamp in Ophthalmology is doing exactly that.

In an ocular exam, a slit lamp is vital equipment because it magnifies and illuminates parts of the eye to help detect abnormalities such as cataracts, corneal ulcers or macular degeneration.  Typically, a diagnosis results from the use of the slit lamp and physician’s naked eye alone.    

"We’re better together,” says new Lead for Patient- and Family-Centred Care at KHSC

Angela Morin was deeply bothered when she watched a dear friend sit for three long hours, in terrible pain, in a hospital waiting room 9 years ago.

“I thought ‘how can this be happening,’” she recalls.  “Everything was revolving around the hospital and its processes, not my suffering friend. When she passed away, I considered becoming a patient advocate but realized that would only be about navigating a broken system instead of actually fixing it.”

Special week honours the unseen heroes of KHSC

Over the telephone Matt Green can talk you through delivering a baby, performing CPR or preventing someone from choking to death.  He starts by answering your 911 call for an ambulance but he could end up saving the life of someone you love.

Unique glaucoma guidelines take straight aim at the "silent thief"

Glaucoma steals vision slowly and painlessly when left undetected, and half of the people with the sneaky eye disease don’t even know they have it and are at risk for irreversible blindness.  Now, a first-ever quality standard is giving patients and health care providers a new level of defense against the so-called “silent thief.”

The new Glaucoma Quality Standard—the first of its kind for eye disease in Ontario—is a clear and comprehensive guide to what quality care looks like when it comes to treating glaucoma. 

Nobody does it better than "phenomenal" KHSC staff

It takes good hands to steer Kingston Health Sciences Centre through an emergency such as the recent flooding in the Central Processing Service (CPS), which sterilizes the instruments used for surgical procedures.  Fortunately, those hands are plentiful and steady, with dozens of managers and front-line staff now meeting daily to tackle the task of keeping CPS and our Operating Rooms (ORs) up and running.

Health care going to the dogs at our HDH site

A new kind of therapy is underway at our HDH site, and its three special practitioners—aka Oscar, Sophie and Arci—are scoring pats on the head wherever they go.

Room to grow

KHSC health care providers and a local school board helps youth cope with their mental health concerns

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New docs on the block

The physician ranks at Kingston Health Sciences Centre have swelled recently following the completion of a successful recruitment campaign aimed at bringing new and highly trained doctors to the Limestone City.

In fact, more than two dozen doctors, all trained in various areas of medical specialty have agreed to call the Kingston area home, as KHSC, Queen’s University and the Southeastern Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO) undertook the multi-year effort to bring in new physicians to care for patients and undertake innovative health research projects.

Pilot project improves capacity, patient flow in Emergency Department

As the volume of people presenting with a mental health crisis steadily ramps up in our Emergency Department, a new pilot project aimed at managing capacity and improving flow for these patients is quickly yielding positive results.

Coat Drive spreads warmth and our mission across the community

Living our mission of compassion and caring for others has translated into a warmer winter for hundreds in our community this year, good news given that the number of people in need of warm winter clothing seems to keep ramping up.

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