St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) offers a number of clinical services to residents of Guelph, Wellington, and the surrounding area through the outpatient clinics listed below. Please click on each clinic for further information.
Our Clinics and Medical Services
Aging is a process of change. A geriatrician is a physician trained to care for the special health needs of people over the age of 65, in much the same way that a pediatrician is uniquely qualified to attend to the health needs of children. On a day-to-day basis, our geriatrician addresses issues such as memory loss, incontinence, weight loss, pain, frailty, falls, depression, decreased function, and dementia.
Recognizing how physical health problems can affect seniors’ emotional, mental, and social well-being, geriatricians look at each client’s individual needs within the context of his or her whole life. That means taking into account important information about a client’s lifestyle, community, and family, as well as medical history. This approach provides important insights into the nature of health problems and helps determine what treatments or remedies are most likely to produce the best outcome in each individual case.
A geriatrician plays an important role in helping elderly people develop activities and make lifestyle choices that contribute to as healthful an aging process as possible. Our geriatrics team also helps clients and their families to co-ordinate care with other healthcare providers and helping agencies in Guelph, Wellington, and the surrounding area.
Our goal at SJHCG is always to optimize the ability of clients to be as independent as possible. Our geriatrician is a key member of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, which includes a specialized geriatric nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and volunteers dedicated to achieving client goals.
Clients are referred to SJHCG for a comprehensive geriatric assessment by a physician.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease that causes a significant loss of bone. In its earliest stages, it has no symptoms; however, as it progresses, it greatly increases a sufferer’s risk of hip, spine, and wrist fractures. It causes much pain and, in the case of hip fractures, can even lead to death. More than one million Canadians – about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men over the age of 50 – will be affected by this potentially debilitating disease.
Our clinical team plays an important preventative role by identifying those who might be at risk for osteoporosis, as well as building greater awareness in the community of the need for early diagnosis and treatment. We also provide appropriate education and treatment for those who already have the disease.
Bone density testing is an important procedure for identifying those at risk for osteoporosis, or those who already have the disease. SJHCG has the latest technology to perform bone density tests, a radiology technician who is fully dedicated to Bone Mineral Density (BMD) testing, and clinicians with particular expertise in the management of osteoporosis, who interpret the test results.
Clients can be referred to SJHCG for a bone densitometry test, or for assessment and treatment in the osteoporosis clinic, by their family physician.
Arthritis, and related disorders, affect the joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Arthritis is a leading cause of pain and physical disability in Canada. About 1 in 6 Canadians, aged 15 years and over, suffer the effects of arthritis as a long term health condition. Two-thirds of those with arthritis are women, and nearly 3 of every 5 people with arthritis are under the age of 65. By the year 2026, it’s estimated that over six million Canadians, 15 years of age and older, will have arthritis.
With fewer than 275 rheumatologists — specialists with at least 5 years of post-graduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis — working in Canada, Canadians have limited access to expert care. Our community is fortunate to have the services of a rheumatologist within our facility at SJHCG.
Our Rheumatology Clinic helps adults of all ages who suffer from a wide variety of autoimmune and musculoskeletal disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, inflammatory muscle disease, tendonitis, bursitis, and gout through timely diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
Clients are referred to the Rheumatology Clinic by their family physician.
The SJHCG Amputee Clinic provides amputee care to residents of Guelph and the surrounding area.
The Amputee team includes a physiatrist, prosthetist, and physiotherapist. If needed, a referral can be made to an occupational therapist and nurse practitioner.
Team Members and Roles:
A physiatrist is a physician that specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our team physiatrist provides medical assessment and oversees the team that manages your medical care.
Our team prosthetist provides assessment to determine your prosthetic needs, fabricates and fits your prosthesis, and provides follow-up adjustments and maintenance of your prosthesis.
Our team physiotherapist provides assessment to determine your rehab needs by providing treatment through outpatient therapy services. The physiotherapist assists you in becoming independent and provides you with education on prosthetic use, walking approach, and strategies in performing daily activities with your prosthesis.
Our Clinic Secretary will provide you with your appointment in the clinic and contact you with follow-up information.
To access to this care, you must have a referral from a physician, usually a surgeon or family doctor.