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Hematology

Contact Us:

3F Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital

Phone: 905-521-2100 x. 73887, Fax: 905-521-2654

Conditions We Treat:

The Hematology Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital Includes Clinics For:

  • Hemoglobinopathies

  • Bleeding Disorders

  • Thrombosis (clots) and General Hematology (conditions like Anemia, Neutropenia and platelet disorders)

What Services Do We Provide?

The doctors in the hematology clinics provide consultation as well as ongoing care for children with blood conditions. These include conditions that children are born with, or that they acquire later in life. We have a multi-disciplinary team that includes nurses, dietician, social worker and physical/occupational therapists. 

Clinic Location:

The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.

3F Clinic,  McMaster Children's Hospital

3rd Floor, near the Red elevators

What Happens When We Arrive?

When you arrive to the clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The business clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.

Staff will do their best to make sure you are seen at your appointment time.  If you feel you have been waiting a long time please speak with a business clerk at the reception desk. 

Referral Process:

Referrals can be faxed directly to clinic as noted on the referral form.

Urgent Referrals:

  • The clinics are not for emergencies.

  • Physicians with consultations that they feel are urgent and need to be seen within 48 hours should page the Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist on-call through the McMaster Children’s Hospital switchboard.

Clinic Hours:

  • Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Changing Your Appointment:

Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need to change or cancel your child's appointment.

Important:

If the patient is ill with any antibiotic resistant organism, MRSA, a communicable disease (such as chicken pox), or respiratory infection, please notify the clinic prior to your appointment and arrival at the hospital.

What Should You Bring To The Clinic?

  • Health Card for your child - the Ministry of Health requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit

  • Any information from your referring physician

  • Any notes or questions that you may have  

  • Any blood work results you may have

  • A list of medications that your child is taking

Interdisciplinary Team:

Hematologist:

  • Physicians who have completed medical school, residency specializing in pediatric medicine and a fellowship specializing in hematology. The hematologist is responsible for diagnosing, developing a treatment plan and evaluating the effectiveness of that plan.

Fellow:

  • Doctor who has completed medical school and residency and who are training in a specific specialty like hematology.

Residents:

  • Completed medical school and are working through their training in the general care of children.

Nurse Practitioner:

  • Registered nurse with advanced master’s degree training. After diagnosis your child may often be assessed by a NP who specializes in hematology and works in collaboration with the attending physician.

Nurse:

  • First line of contact. Responsibilities include providing direct therapies/patient care, education, coordination of diagnostic tests and involvement of outside agencies.

Child Life Specialist:

  • A health professional with special training in child development and how children react to illness and being in the hospital. The child life specialist will help children cope with any given illness along with the treatments associated.

Your Child Life Specialist will also:

  • Provide ways for your child to safely express his or her feelings through play

  • Helps your child overcome challenges they may face as they develop and grow

  • Conduct Exposure therapy (provide coping methods)

  • Tailor information specific to the child’s age

  • Is a member of your child’s care team

  • Understands how children develop and how family members interact

Social Worker:

  • Assists families with the social, emotional, and financial aspects of their lives to help them adjust to the impact, treatment, recovery, disability and loss associated with both acute and chronic conditions.

Our Philosophy:

Our philosophy is family-centered care. We strive to provide the best care possible.

Resources:

Link to patient education library to access the following information files:

 http://hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/body.cfm?id=1486

  • Social Workers the Hospital
  • Blood Transfusion
  • How a Child Life Specialist can Help
  • Iron Deficiency in Children (8yrs or younger)
  • Iron Infusion
  • Iron Rich Foods
  • Nosebleeds
  • Splenectomy
  • Living without a Spleen
  • IVIG Facts for Outpatients

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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