Sep. 24, 2012
A dedicated inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) clinic has been created at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London that is expected to improve IBD care across Southwestern Ontario.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic condition affecting about one in two hundred Canadians of all ages with more than 10,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Diarrhea and abdominal pain are the most common symptoms but patients are also prone to related inflammation in other parts of their bodies.
“Over the past decade new medications have been developed for both types of IBD - Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - which have decreased the need for surgery and hospitalization and reduced the need for corticosteroids,” explains gastroenterologist Dr. James Gregor. “These same medications have necessitated more intensive follow up by gastroenterologists who specialize in the area.”
In London, seven gastroenterologists with expertise in treating IBD provide care for more than 5,000 patient visits a year. The new IBD clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital is geared to complex patients and will see an additional 1,200 patients visits a year.
“With its state-of the-art endoscopic facility, the new clinic will allow the physician group to collaborate on the care of the most complicated IBD patients and allow for seamless endoscopic investigation when necessary to tailor advanced therapies, including clinical trials, to patient needs,” says Dr. Gregor.
He adds that the new clinic, which began Sept. 10, “will not only improve IBD care in Southwestern Ontario, but will advance the clinical science and medical training as it pertains to this increasingly common disease.”
For more information:
Dahlia Reich, Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
519 646-6100 ext. 65294
Pager 519 646-6100 ext. 10117
About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. Every year, nearly 600,000 patient visits are made to St. Joseph’s, where about 9,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. For more information, visit www.sjhc.london.on.ca