Outpatient Respiratory Care

Outpatient respiratory services are offered by The Robertson Centre for Airway Health (Airway Clinic) which is located on the first floor of St. Mary’s. The clinic offers education, rehabilitation, diagnostic, and community outreach services for non admitted patients. The clinic team members have certification in respiratory care and work closely with the hospital’s eight Respirologists.

Your family doctor or Respirologist can refer you to the programs outlined below by completing the Airway Clinic Referral Form or by contacting the Airway Clinic at 519-749-6578 ext. 1083.

Respiratory Education

Asthma Education

What is offered?

  • Education about asthma and how it affects your lungs
  • What asthma medications you might require, how to use them effectively, and how they affect your lungs.
  • How to use an Asthma Action Plan
  • Spirometry testing to test your lung function.
  • One-on-one teaching by a certified Asthma Educator on how to manage your asthma.
  • Follow-up visits on a regular or as needed basis as determined by the Asthma Educator.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Activation Program

For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, St. Mary’s offers a community-based Activation Program, which helps patients self-manage their disease. Click here for a brochure that outlines the program.

Please note that parts of this program are offered at the St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre in Waterloo at 50 Bathurst Dr., Unit 1. (519-885-9517).

Smoking Cessation Counselling

What is offered?

  • Individual counselling to help you quit smoking
  • A friendly, supportive atmosphere.
  • Spirometry testing to test your lung function.

Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic was established at St. Mary’s in 2011 and provides outpatient services for 51 adults with cystic fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Clinic receives financial support from Cystic Fibrosis Canada, which allows our interdisciplinary team of health care professionals to offer a high quality program based on research evidence.

The clinic provides ongoing access to clinic team members outside of scheduled clinic appointments. Most of these team members also provide care for inpatients on the Chest Unit, offering consistent, comprehensive care to the CF Clinic patients when they require admission.

Kitchener-Waterloo District Chapter Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Mailing address: PO Box 2151 Station C Kitchener, ON N2H 6M1
Office Address: 69 Sydney Street South, Kitchener ON
Tel: 519-772-2300
E-mail: wdcfc@golden.net

Patients at Risk for Long-Term Ventilation Clinic

The Patients at Risk for Long-Term Ventilation or LTV Clinic was established at St. Mary’s in 2013. The Clinic provides educational support and outpatient services for patients with medical conditions impacting their ability to breathe independently. The Clinic is supported by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals specialized in respiratory care. Dr. Eric Hentschel and Dr. Victoria Ho are the physician leads.

Your family doctor or Respirologist can refer you to the Clinic by completing the LTV Clinic Referral Form or by contacting the Airway Clinic at 519-749-6578 ext. 1083.

Our Community Partners

St. Mary’s General Hospital works closely with community partners to provide consistent, high quality care to members of our community. Certified Respiratory Educators from the Robertson Centre for Airway Health are contracted to provide services in Family Health Teams, University settings, and Community Health Centres throughout the region.

For our rural partners, the Robertson Centre for Airway Health has developed outreach programs for Respirologist consultation. The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) allows Respirologists located at St. Mary’s to provide consultation and support via videoconferencing, to individuals living in Palmerston, Drayton, Mount Forest and Stratford, so those patients don’t have to travel to St. Mary’s.

For more information on our Outpatient Respiratory Services contact
Kim Siegel, Program Director
Cardiac and Chest Programs
519-749 6578 ext. 1902

Danny Veniott, Program Manager
Airway Clinic
519-744-3311 ext. 1557

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