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Ambulatory Care

Clinics

Ambulatory care refers to surgeries, diagnostic procedures and treatments that do not require overnight hospitalization.

Groves Memorial Community Hospital provides various medical clinics through the Ambulatory Care Department.
A physician referral is required.

Groves Hospital Ambulatory Clinics are:

  • Dental Surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Urology
  • Pediatrics
  • Respirology
  • Spirometry
  • Ear/Nose/Throat Clinic
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Orthopedics

Diabetes Education

Groves Memorial Community Hospital offers a wide range of services for adult patients that have Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes.

Through this education program, patients learn about diabetes and what steps they can take to stay healthy (diet, exercise/activity and medication options).

The Diabetes Education Centre supports inpatients as well as outpatients. If you have been recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time and you would like to receive further education, please ask your family physician to send a referral to us with recent lab work and any medications that you are currently taking. 

You can also fill out a self-referral form.

Please check the event calendar for upcoming Diabetes Education Classes that will be offered.  Please contact the Diabetes Education Centre if you are interested in group education at your facility/organization.

Services

The Diabetes Education Centre offers the following services:

  • Individual appointments with our Registered Nurses and/or our Registered Dietitians who are certified diabetes educators
  • Variety of classes (including introduction to diabetes, management of diabetes, carbohydrate counting, foot care and an insulin pump program)
  • Chiropodist (Foot care specialist) assessment for people at high risk of foot complications
  • Visits with an Endocrinologist (Diabetes specialist) with a referral from your physician

What to Bring

Please remember to bring your Health Card, medication list and blood sugar record with you on the day of your appointment. Please register at the Physiotherapy/Chiropody Department prior to your appointment.

Hours of Operation

Inpatient hours are Monday thru Friday 8 am-4 pm

Outpatient hours are Monday thru Friday 8 am-4 pm with some evening appointments available upon request.

Contact

For further information or to book an appointment or join in on a class please call (519) 843-2010 ext 44101

Please check the event calendar for upcoming Diabetic Classes that will be offered.

Physiotherapy

Groves Hospital is pleased to offer inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy for individuals of all ages with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and neurological conditions.

Patients can be located in any of the divisions in the hospital: medical, obstetrical, surgical, complex continuing care and emergency.

Access to publicly-funded outpatient physiotherapy will be limited to the following criteria listed below. A referral from a physician or nurse practitioner is mandatory to add your name to the waiting list.

Access Criteria:

  • Seniors (65 years of age and older)
  • Youth (0-19 years of age)
  • Recipients of benefits under the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (approved claim number mandatory), Ontario Disability Support Program, Ontario Works and Family Benefits
  • Post orthopedic surgery and fractures (less than 3 months old)
  • Dislocations (referrals must be received within 4 weeks)
  • Patients admitted to the hospital overnight and referred by a physician who treated them in the hospital for the condition they were originally admitted for.

Exclusions: Neurological diagnoses – Referral must be made to an appropriate Rehab facility

Waiting List

There is a waiting list for outpatient physiotherapy that is prioritized based on patients' needs. Patients that have had surgery or have been discharged from the hospital are given first priority.

Physiotherapy Services

Care is provided by registered Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Assistants.

A thorough and detailed assessment of the injury, an individualized treatment and exercise program designed according to your rehabilitation needs, “hands-on” treatment which includes manual therapy, modalities and other treatment techniques to enhance your recovery. Education and a home exercise program at the time of discharge to maintain improvements and prevent re-injury.

Hours of Operation

- Inpatient support is available Monday through Friday from 9 am – 3 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-12 noon
- Outpatient Physiotherapy hours are Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm with some exceptions

What to bring

Please remember on the day of your appointment to bring your OHIP card and your requisition with you. Please arrive 5 minutes before your test to fill in the allotted paperwork. You may wish to wear comfortable clothing and bring a pair of shorts with you. Your assessment will be ½ hour to 1 hour in length depending on your diagnosis.

Contact 

For more information or to add your name to the waiting list please call (519) 843-2010 ext 40101

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Groves Hospital

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an eight-week program that includes education and exercises designed to help those with lung disease function at their best.  Adults who have a chronic lung disease such as COPD, Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis can benefit from this program.  Participants must be motivated to participate and must be able to commit to attending twice a week for eight weeks.  Education and exercise sessions are held at Groves Memorial Community Hospital in collaboration with the Family Health Team.  

For more information see our brochure by clicking here or call 519-843-2010 ext. 44101

Respiratory Services

Respiratory Therapy Services are offered at Groves Memorial Community Hospital from a Registered Respiratory Therapist for inpatients and outpatients of all ages Monday thru Friday.

A number of diagnostic tests are performed on an outpatient basis to diagnose and monitor the respiratory status of patients.

In order to have any outpatient tests done, you do need a Physician referral for these procedures.

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs)

Pulmonary Function Tests are a group of breathing tests that help doctors see how well your lungs are working. The test is performed through a series of breathing exercises performed from a seated position.

Arterial blood Gases (ABGs)

This test determines the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide dissolved in the blood, as well as acid/base status,  provides information on how well the lungs and kidneys are functioning. It can also give information as to whether there is a problem in the body, like an infection, that is throwing off the acid/base balance in the body. If you are undergoing oxygen therapy, this test can help to see if the therapy is effective.

Spriometry Testing

Spirometry is the first and most commonly done lung function test. It measures how much and how quickly you can move air out of your lungs.

Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)

The six-minute walk test is a performance-based measure of functional exercise capacity. The test is most commonly used to measure exercise tolerance in chronic respiratory disease and heart failure. The six-minute walk test measures the distance an individual is able to walk over a total of minutes. The individual is allowed to self-pace and rest as needed as they walk back and forth along a marked walkway.

Air / Oxygen Exercise Challenge Test

This independent exercise assessment is used to qualify a person for home oxygen support for patients whose blood levels of oxygen at rest do not qualify them to receive home oxygen. During the test, a patient is walked while they use both air and oxygen. Oxygen saturation (amount of oxygen in your blood) is measured throughout the test using pulse oximetry. If it can be shown that the administration of oxygen enhances the patient’s exercise challenge, he or she will qualify for home oxygen support. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an eight-week program that includes education and exercises designed to help those

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an eight-week program that includes education and exercises designed to help those with lung disease function at their best. Adults who have a chronic lung disease such as COPD, Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis can benefit from this program. Participants must be motivated to participate and must be able to commit to attending twice a week for eight weeks. Education and exercise sessions are held at Groves Memorial Community Hospital in collaboration with the Family Health Team. For more information see our brochure by clicking here or call 519-843-2010 ext 44101.

Hours of Operation

Inpatient support is Monday thru Friday 8 am-4 pm

Outpatient Testing is Monday thru Friday 10 am – 2 pm. Testing is ½ hour to 1 hour in length depending on the test.

What to Bring

Please remember on the day of your appointment to bring your Health Card, requisition and a medication list. Please do not take any of your puffers on the day of the test.

You are not required to exercise for any of the diagnostic tests, therefore, you don’t need to worry about wearing anything specific. Your appointment will be ½ hour to 1 hour in length depending on the test.

For more information or to book an appointment please call 519-843-2010 ext 44101.

 

Speech Pathology

Groves Memorial Community Hospital offers Speech-Language Pathology services for both inpatients and outpatients.


Children's Services

Outpatient Paediatrics (birth to eligibility for Senior Kindergarten)

Please visit the Wee-Talk: Wellington-Dufferin Preschool Speech and Language Services System website.

WEE-TALK

As a partner of the Wee-Talk: Wellington-Dufferin Preschool Speech and Language Services System, Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and treatment to preschool-aged children with a variety of speech and language delays and disorders.

Services are provided to children with:

  • Articulation delays (difficulty pronouncing sounds)
  • Language delays (difficulty using words and sentences or difficulty understanding language)
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering)
  • Voice and resonance disorders (hoarse voice quality or hypo/hypernasal quality)
  • Swallowing disorder
  • Speech-language pathologists also assess and treat children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays. Services are coordinated with community agencies.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development in these areas, you may wish to have your child assessed by a speech-language pathologist.

How to Access Services in Ontario

In Ontario, preschool speech and language services are divided into regions. If you live in Wellington or Dufferin County you can access services through the Wee Talk Preschool Speech and Language Services by calling the Growing Great Kids Kids Line at 1-800-265-7293 x 45801.

Parents can directly refer to their child for service.

A doctor’s referral is not necessary.

For a list of preschool speech and language service programs in Ontario please call the Ministry of Health's INFOline at 1-866-821-7770.


Adult Services

Adult Speech-Language Pathology Services- Medical

For adults, Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders for inpatients and outpatients. Clients can present with a variety of diagnoses such as stroke, neurogenic communication disorders (aphasia, dyspraxia, dysarthria, etc.), voice and swallowing disorders. Clinicians work on numerous multi-disciplinary professional teams throughout the hospital.

Clients with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) are assessed and managed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Specialized videofluoroscopic studies are offered when more detailed examination of the swallowing mechanism is required. Therapists work in conjunction with dietary and nursing staff and provide consultation to family members and community professionals.

A physician referral is required for these medical adult services.

Adult Speech-Language Pathology Services – Developmental

Speech-Language Pathology services are provided for adults with a developmental disability.  The Speech-Language Pathologist provides assessment, treatment for communication and swallowing disorders.  Clients can present with a variety of developmental disabilities such as Autism or Down Syndrome.  Clinicians work with several community partners.  

A referral from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Developmental Services Ontario- Central West Region (1-888-941-1121) is required to access this service.

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