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Oncology patient, Jane Esodo stands with Wendy Edwards, Nurse Practitioner with Osler’s Nurse Led Outreach Team, Joan Reid and Loretta Manful, Geriatric Emergency Medicine Nurses at Brampton Civic Hospital

Hospital nursing team serves seniors in long-term care

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00 AM

After receiving a lung cancer diagnosis at 80, Jane Esodo and her family decided it would be best for her to move to a long-term care home to receive the support she needed. But when Jane’s daughter, Rossana, helped her move there in early February, she didn’t realize how much more her mom’s life would change. Within just days of settling her mom into the residence, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and stringent visitor restrictions were put in place to protect the health and safety of residents.

“I went...

Dr. Humaira Saeed holding digital devices used for virtual visitation

Virtual connections: Keeping patients and families in touch

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00 AM

There is much more to a hospital visit than meets the eye. When family members visit their loved ones, they are ‘there’, being present to receive updates, share information, provide personal care, and offer relationship and psychosocial support. They help their loved ones remain connected with their identity and what is most unique and meaningful to them.

During times like these, when hospitals have necessary visitor restrictions in place to protect the health and safety of patients and health care...

Angella Dacres, Nurse Practitioner, Neurology Unit, holds a model of a brain

Five things Angella wants you to know about stroke

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2020 12:00 AM

Angella Dacres is a Nurse Practitioner in the Neurology Unit, Inpatient Stroke Program at Osler. In her role, she works alongside neurologists to assess stroke patients and come up with an individualized care plan. Angella ensures patients receive the right treatment and assists with follow-up in the Stroke Prevention Clinic.

This Stroke Month, we spoke with Angella to highlight some of the most important things to know about stroke: how to identify them, who is most at risk and what to do when you...

Two physicians performing surgery on a patient

Osler safely resumes some non-urgent surgeries and procedures as part of phased COVID-19 recovery

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2020 12:00 AM

William Osler Health System (Osler) has begun to safely resume some priority non-urgent services, following recent approval from Ontario Health Central Region. Phase 1 of Osler’s Recovery Plan includes the gradual resumption of surgical procedures, endoscopies, cardiac diagnostics, cardiac procedures, and diagnostic imaging.

These services were paused after the Ministry of Health requested all Ontario hospitals scale down non-urgent surgeries, outpatient appointments, and procedures in March to enable...

Double your impact! Our health care heroes still need your help

Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:00 AM

When the pandemic began, Osler physicians and staff jumped into action—without hesitation—to give every patient the critical care they need to survive. They are our health care heroes and now, they need you. The health care needs in the face of COVID-19 continue to be immense.

We need more ventilators, vital signs monitors, ultrasound machines—even stretchers and thermometers, to give patients the best chance at recovery. To help meet these critical needs, Osler Foundation is raising $2.5 million...