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SJHH / Health Services/ Chest Program/ Pleural Space Clinic

Pleural Space Clinic

What this program does...

The goal of the Pleural Space Clinic is to provide comprehensive management and improve the care of patients with pleural effusions, and is a collaborative effort between the care providers of the Lung DAP, FIRH (SJHH), Juravinski Cancer Clinic (HHS), HNHB LHIN, the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and Palliative Care.

This is an outpatient clinic designed to minimize hospitalizations, emergency department visits and reduce time patients spend away from home, family and friends.  A team of health care professionals including physicians and nurses work closely to help relieve symptoms associated with pleural effusions such as shortness of breath, cough and chest discomfort.

Services at this clinic include expedited assessment within 1-2 weeks of referral diagnostic evaluations, novel therapeutic techniques including tunneled pleural catheters, close follow and community nursing support, patient education and coordination of care with multiple specialists.

How this program helps...

The ultimate advantage is that patients can benefit from a better quality of life using these innovative therapeutic techniques delivered in an outpatient and home setting. The main measure of our program’s success is in relieving symptoms, improving quality of life and shifting care for patients to the home setting.

Your Care Team

Nurse:  Jackie Jarusauskas

Clerk:  Andrea McGuire

Respirologist: Dr. Jacob Gelberg

Thoracic Surgeon: Dr. Wael Hanna

Contact

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
50 Charlton Ave E.
Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (FIRH)
Hamilton, Ontario

Tel: 905-521-6190 or 1-877-801-4822
Fax 905-540-6581 or 1-877-803-4422

Referral Process

Physicians can complete a referral by downloading the referral form here.  A referral can also be made by calling or sending a fax to the LDAP clinic at the above number.

Preparing for Your Visit

Prior to your visit you will receive a call from the Nurse who will ask about your symptoms and answer your questions.

Please have a family member or friend accompany you to your appointments.

Please be prepared to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment with the Physician or Nurse to register and to have your chest X-ray completed.

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items. 

Maps and Directions

Entering through the Charlton St. Main entrance the Firestone Clinic is located to the right on the main floor of the Juravinski Innovation Tower close Tim Horton’s.

Directions to Charlton Campus

Registration Procedures

Please enter FIRH Level 1 and take a number and please be seated until your number is called.

After Your Visit

If you have any questions you can contact the nurse, Jackie Jarusauskas at 905-522-1155 Ext 33554.

For more information about the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health please visit www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/firh/