Kingston’s hospitals update community on plans to implement health care services in French

An upcoming community engagement event—jointly hosted byHotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care—will bring patients and families in our region up to speed on plans and timelines for implementing French language services in our hospitals.

Kingston’s Hospitals & Healthcare in French will take place 5 to 6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 9 at the Kingston Military Family Resource, CFB Kingston in the Batoche Community Centre, 32 Lundy’s Lane.

Kingston’s hospitals are now required to work towards providing patients and families with the opportunity to receive service in French.  At the March event, hospital representatives will be speaking about the status of their plans to enhance access for Francophone patients and families.  As well, a French-speaking clinician—Dr. Julie Blais, a psychologist in the Child & Adolescent mental health program at Hotel Dieu—will share a brief overview of the program, discuss the warning signs of mental illness in children and focus on how  parents can seek help. 

“We’re grateful to the South East Local Health Integration Network for one-time funding to support this event,” says Elizabeth Bardon, Chief of Public Relations & Community Engagement at Hotel Dieu.  

“Working to improve access for our Francophone community is an important component of good Patient and Family-Centred Care because it gives the members of our Francophone community the choice to discuss their health care in their own language.  Having that option can be an especial comfort when an individual is feeling anxious, stressed or vulnerable.”

Kingston’s Hospitals & Healthcare in French will be held in French only; refreshments will be served.  All those interested are asked to RSVP at 613-544-3310, ext. 4204.

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