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Thursday March 3rd, 2016

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Windsor Regional Hospital has announced plans to establish a Cardiac Surgery Clinic to assist patients requiring cardiac surgery in London.

Currently patients requiring cardiac surgery have had to travel to London for pre and post operative visits. The hospital says that approximately 30% of cardiac surgery volumes in London are patients from Windsor and Essex County. They make up the approximate 400 surgeries performed there from this region.

With the Clinic based locally, it would provide a service that will enable selected patients and their families the ability to see a cardiac surgeon in Windsor and eliminating the two-hour drive up and then back on the 401.

The Cardiac Clinic would initially operate once a month during the week, with intentions of building over a six to twelve month period. The Clinic will be based in existing space on the 4th floor of the Ouellette Campus and will not require any additional staffing or overhead costs.

The Clinic will be under the leadership of Dr. Bob Kiaii, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at London Health Sciences Centre and Chair of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Schulich School of Medicine.

“I am looking forward to coming to Windsor and providing this on-site patient-centred care for those individuals who require cardiac service prior to and after their cardiac surgery,” stated Dr. Kiaii. “This Clinic is another first step in providing a continuum of service that focuses on trying to remove as much stress as possible on the patient and their families. The future for Windsor Regional Hospital looks very bright! With Schulich Windsor, coupled along with Windsor-Essex plans for a future state-of-the-art acute care hospital serving the region, Windsor’s future growth in these specialty programs looks very promising.”

The program will be reviewed after a six and twelve month period in order to gauge impact on patients and Windsor Regional Hospital.

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