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SJHH / Health Services/ Surgical Services/ Head and Neck

Head and Neck Unit

What this program does…

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat.

This specialized clinical unit provides care for patients requiring complex head and neck cancer and non-cancer surgery. We serve patients from Hamilton and across our region.

How this program helps...

Our dedicated unit staff provides quality and compassionate care to patients who require a hospital admission for care and management of diseases of ear, nose and throat. Our department staff is educated to deliver specialized post-operative care for Head and Neck patients.  They work together with the patient and their health care partners to assist the patient has the necessary information and skills to return home.

Your Care Team

St. Joseph’s Head and Neck healthcare team consists of a dedicated team of professionals that has the advanced skills and knowledge to guide the Head and Neck patient through their healthcare journey.  This team is specialized in the treatment and management of people with cancers of the head and neck especially after a surgical procedure.  This team consists of Surgeons, Nursing Staff, Physiotherapy, Dieticians, Speech and Language Pathologists as well as other health care providers.  They work closely with community resources to assist with the patients’ transition to home.


Karen Baguley RN, MScN
Nurse Manager
905 522 1155 ext 33175
Head and Neck Charge Nurse
905 522 -1155 ext 33266

Preparing for Your Visit

You should bring personal care items such as shampoo, brush, shaving equipment and feminine hygiene products.  Bring easy care and easy wear clothing such nightgown, pajama bottoms and housecoat.  Don’t forget a pair of non-slip slippers or shoes!   Personal mobile devices (PDA) can be brought in at your discretion.  Please remember that the hospital is a busy place and there are no areas to secure electronics brought from home.

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

After Your Visit

Specific instructions will be provided by your care team before discharge from the Hospital.