North York General Hospital will officially open a pediatric complex care clinic for children living with chronic illnesses on Friday morning.
While it is older patients more often associated with complex illnesses, there are many youngsters living with ongoing conditions such as cerebral palsy, complications associated with extremely premature birth and congenital heart disease.
Local children are often seen by several health providers at a number of locations across the Greater Toronto Area.
That’s where North York General’s new clinic comes in.
Working in partnership with the complex care program at the Hospital for Sick Children, the clinic provides a one-stop centre for treatment.
The clinic’s team consists of a pediatrician, pediatric nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, dietician, social worker, geneticist and a co-ordinator from the Community Care Access Centre.
The team will partner with the child’s own pediatrician or family doctor, specialist or other health care providers.
“Our complex care team ensures that every child gets the right care at the right time in their own community,” clinical team manager Bonnie Kerr said in a statement.
North York General is the fourth hospital in Ontario to offer the one-stop model for young patients with complex medical conditions.
The clinic will help prevent visits to the emergency department and the risk of being admitted to hospital because the team will work with the patient and family to manage the child’s care, which will reduce stress and uncertainty, pediatrician Dr. Ronik Kanani said.
Patients and their parents will be able to access the clinic’s resources through visits, phone calls and email.