Patient Stories

The Fitzpatricks grateful for excellent patient care close to home

Bill and Jean Fitzpatrick are long-time Guelph residents who are enjoying their retirement years. Bill had a career of 33 years at the Upper Grand District School Board. Jean, a former social services worker, keeps connected as a part-time Donor Services Representative for Canadian Blood Services. The lively couple has a penchant for cruises where…

Great care helps Geoff Greaves keep going …. and celebrate some major milestones

I’ve got to keep going. When Geoff Greaves ended up in Guelph General’s emergency department with internal bleeding in June 2016, he found himself repeating that mantra often. Blood tests revealed his hemoglobin was down in the 50s. Normal levels for men are 140 to 180. It was a scary time for the retired Air…

Donor-funded equipment from diagnosis to post-op helped Paul Breadner beat prostate cancer

In November 2017, Paul Breadner and his work colleagues participated in Movember, the fundraising and awareness campaign for men’s health. As he had done in previous years, Paul took a yearly PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test as part of his commitment. This time, the results came back showing slightly elevated levels. After repeated PSA tests with…

Maureen LaLonde is grateful for the healthcare team at Guelph General Hospital’s Emergency Department

Maureen arrived at Guelph General Hospital by ambulance after collapsing at her workplace in Guelph. She was one of many waiting to be taken care of but she waited only briefly before being taken for some tests. While waiting for the results, Maureen observed the healthcare staff busy at work. “The interactions between staff were…

Dennis Huss: Back on the courts, thanks to successful surgery

When Dennis Huss was wheeled into our state-of-the-art operating room in February 2018, the trim, tanned tennis player appeared to be in the peak of health. But the 6.5 cm aneurysm in his iliac artery told a different story. Without surgery, it could burst at any point, leaving him with a 50:50 chance of survival.…

Jaya James shares her story as a patient at GGH

“You’re most likely experiencing some mild shock right now, so don’t worry about remembering all these details today. We’ll schedule another appointment to go through all of this with you again.” This is part of a conversation Jaya James recalls having with her surgeon at Guelph General Hospital. It was at a follow-up appointment after…