Continence program expands to six new locations in region

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has expanded its continence program to six additional locations across the region, including Chedoke Hospital.

This expansion is made possible by funding through the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Local Health Integration Network's new Aging at Home strategy and will make it easier for seniors to access bladder and bowel care closer to home, said Dr. Jennifer Skelly, director of the continence program,

“For 16 years now I’ve had seniors, who had the means to travel, come to my clinic from all over the region to get help for their incontinence," she said. "These new clinics will mean more seniors have better access to help and they only have to go as far as their community hospital.”

The six new clinics will be located at at Chedoke Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton; in Burlington at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital; in St. Catharines at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre; in Simcoe at Norfolk General Hospital and in Brantford at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre.

“Bladder and bowel problems are not something seniors have to live with,” Dr. Skelly said. “It is not a normal part of getting older. These problems can be managed and often cured without the need for surgery or medication.”

Seniors can make their own appointment in the clinics by calling 905-573-4821 or they can have their family doctors make a referral by faxing the clinics’ central intake at 905-560-1574.

Continence program expands to six new locations in region

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has expanded its continence program to six additional locations across the region, including Chedoke Hospital.

This expansion is made possible by funding through the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Local Health Integration Network's new Aging at Home strategy and will make it easier for seniors to access bladder and bowel care closer to home, said Dr. Jennifer Skelly, director of the continence program,

“For 16 years now I’ve had seniors, who had the means to travel, come to my clinic from all over the region to get help for their incontinence," she said. "These new clinics will mean more seniors have better access to help and they only have to go as far as their community hospital.”

The six new clinics will be located at at Chedoke Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton; in Burlington at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital; in St. Catharines at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre; in Simcoe at Norfolk General Hospital and in Brantford at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre.

“Bladder and bowel problems are not something seniors have to live with,” Dr. Skelly said. “It is not a normal part of getting older. These problems can be managed and often cured without the need for surgery or medication.”

Seniors can make their own appointment in the clinics by calling 905-573-4821 or they can have their family doctors make a referral by faxing the clinics’ central intake at 905-560-1574.

Continence program expands to six new locations in region

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has expanded its continence program to six additional locations across the region, including Chedoke Hospital.

This expansion is made possible by funding through the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Local Health Integration Network's new Aging at Home strategy and will make it easier for seniors to access bladder and bowel care closer to home, said Dr. Jennifer Skelly, director of the continence program,

“For 16 years now I’ve had seniors, who had the means to travel, come to my clinic from all over the region to get help for their incontinence," she said. "These new clinics will mean more seniors have better access to help and they only have to go as far as their community hospital.”

The six new clinics will be located at at Chedoke Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton; in Burlington at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital; in St. Catharines at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre; in Simcoe at Norfolk General Hospital and in Brantford at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre.

“Bladder and bowel problems are not something seniors have to live with,” Dr. Skelly said. “It is not a normal part of getting older. These problems can be managed and often cured without the need for surgery or medication.”

Seniors can make their own appointment in the clinics by calling 905-573-4821 or they can have their family doctors make a referral by faxing the clinics’ central intake at 905-560-1574.