New Arrivals Improve Patient Care at Guelph General Hospital

It certainly felt like Christmas at the Hospital with many donor-funded pieces of patient care equipment arriving over the holiday season…

Anatomical Pathology tracking system: Each year at GGH, more than 10,000 tissue samples are produced and each one must go to the lab for testing. Our dedicated team have been working for more than a year to implement a complex, computerized system that will track and verify the identity of every tissue sample at every stage within the workflow processes. It uses barcode technology to ensure that specimens are identified correctly throughout the process. The checks in the system – which we have now – become automated. You can’t go on to the next step in the process unless the system lets you because everything is okay.

The system, funded by Circle of Life donors, should launch later this month.

Helping wounds heal faster:   Last year, GGH performed over 4,000 in-patient surgeries requiring a stay in hospital. Many patients recovering from surgery will have wounds that require special care. The Vacuum Assisted Closure (V.A.C.) machine enhances and speeds wound healing through negative pressure while reducing risks of infection. This resulting in faster, effective healing and improved patient care.

Digital Eye Testing:   Eyesight and eye health is an important indicator of overall health. GGH’s Ophthalmology Clinic’s doctors diagnose and treat disorders of the eye such as cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, as well as systemic disease that manifest in eye signs or symptoms. This system enables vision testing to be done digitally to offer a variety of tests with efficient electronic access.

The Hospital’s team of over 250 dedicated volunteers give countless hours of their time to the Hospital which is enough to be thankful for. It’s hard for us to find words to express our gratitude for their extended generosity to fund these two important pieces of equipment.

Vision restored: Thanks to the Guelph Lions Club, we now have a brand new, specialized microscope benefitting the 1,400 patients a year who come to us to have their vision restored through cataract surgery. This state-of-the-art equipment uses the most up to date technologies providing the best possible clarity while our ophthalmologists operate on a patient’s eyes. This high resolution allows our surgeons to see the smallest possible detail – especially critical when creating tiny sutures during surgery.

We feel so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful, giving community. Patient care is better at our Hospital because of community support!