In keeping with St. Mary’s General Hospital’s belief in the sacredness of life and the dignity of all people, St. Mary’s offers a Clinical Ethics Service. This service supports improved patient care by assisting patients, family members and healthcare practitioners to resolve complex ethical issues.
The Clinical Ethics Service also provides education sessions for staff, physicians, and volunteers, participates in multi-disciplinary rounds, and provides consultation on policy development.
A Clinical Ethics Consultation Service is also available for medical and non-medical hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, students, patients, and families.
- A small multidisciplinary team will guide you and relevant members of the treatment team through the ethical considerations of your problem by helping you to ensure that you have considered all the ethical values at risk.
- The ECS will not provide you with the answer to your problem. The ECS does not have authority to make decisions. It is consultative, educational and advisory only.
- When a request is received, the coordinator reviews the case with the person making the request to assess how the consultation might help. The coordinator will inform appropriate members of the team about the issue. Pertinent information will be collected and a time and place set for the meeting.
Dr. Jamie Robertson, Clinical Ethicist, is in the process of increasing her availability to full time. To assist during this time, Dr. Michael Szego will also be available for any ethics consultations and issues. The after-hours coverage will be provided by the on-call ethicist with the Centre for Ethics. The contact information is outlined below.
Clinical Ethicist, Centre for Clincial Ethics
Senior Director, Centre for Clinical Ethics
On call pager (for after hours):
416-864-5070 pager ID# 4211
Kathleen Demers, Director
Medicine, Chest and Professional Practice
St. Mary’s General Hospital
519-749 -6578 ext. 1999
Ethics Committee & Resources
St. Mary’s has an Ethics Committee, which encourages and supports the integration of clinical ethics within St. Mary’s. Click here to read more about the committee.
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