When patients are sick they are encouraged to phone the clinic (604-806-8522) to speak to a nurse for an assessment, to seek medical advice or to request admission into hospital.
Arrangements are made between the Nurse, the Physician and the unit for admission to one of the medical units at St. Paul’s Hospital. If patients phone outside of office hours, they are directed to call the main switchboard, at 604-682-2344 and ask for the Respirologist on call. If this is an emergency, patients are asked to go to their nearest Emergency department or to St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency department.
The majority of our patients are hosted on the 8th Floor (8A), Providence Building of St. Paul’s Hospital. A small number with organisms requiring further isolation (for example, cepacia) are cared for on the 7th Floor.
When coming into hospital, all patients are requested to bring their airway clearance devices, special medications such as MVW, non-CF medications such as oral contraceptives, glucose monitoring devices and any special CF personal care items they use at home. There is a small kitchen available for patients on the 8th floor which includes a washer and dryer. For CF inpatients on the 7th floor, there are portable kitchen carts available through the CF Clinic.
There are portable TVs and DVD players available to CF patients in hospital, as well as a library of DVDs which is housed in the CF kitchen. Patients are welcome to borrow these items for the length of their stay. In addition patients can bring their laptop computers and access wireless internet for a fee. However, it is important to remember that portable electronics are always vulnerable to theft and patients are responsible for keeping these devices secure.