West Park is the provincially designated treatment centre for difficult-to-treat cases of tuberculosis (TB) and other mycobacterial infections. The TB Service shares a close relationship with Public Health.
The TB Service provides specialized care and follow-up on an in-patient and out-patient basis. Highly skilled health care professionals provide services such as medical assessments, testing, chest x-rays and treatment, ongoing evaluation and follow-up.
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- A specialized, state-of-the-art infection control unit;
- A culturally sensitive approach, accommodating and serving the diverse cultural, religious and dietary practices of patients;
- Space for patients to visit in privacy with families and/or other visitors, an activity room, complete with audio-visual equipment and computers, as well as a secluded courtyard to enable patients to obtain the benefits of fresh air, exercise and recreation;
- A transdisciplinary health care team with special expertise in dealing with patients with complex needs;
- Diagnostic testing to measure response to treatment;
- Patient and family education on TB, its causes, treatment and prevention
Discharge occurs when the patient's illness is under control, when treatment is well-established and when the patient is no longer infectious.
To be referred to the inpatient service, please contact 416-243-3600 ext. 4626 or download the In-Patient Referral Form.
- Assessment of new referrals suspected of having TB with recommendations for community and/or hospital management; Ongoing treatment and follow-up of patients with pulmonary and extra pulmonary TB; Assessment and treatment of patients with non-tuberculosis mycobacterial infection;
- Investigation of patients who test positive for TB;
- Treatment and follow-up of latent tuberculosis infection.
To be referred to the outpatient service, please contact 416-243-3600 ext. 2180 or download the Out-Patient Referral Form.
Lungs and Breathing
All costs associated with West Park's TB Service are covered for patients with a valid Ontario Health Card issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (see "Additional Information" for more detail). Refugees/refugee claimants can be eligible for full TB-related coverage through Interim Federal Health. Private insurance may cover students, temporary workers etc. if they meet criteria for benefits.
Patients of West Park's Tuberculosis Service are 16 years of age and older with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of tuberculosis or other mycobacterial infection. In-patient treatment may be required if the patient has:
- Drug resistant or multi-drug resistant strain of TB;
- A reaction to medication;
- Associated conditions that make out-patient treatment not possible.
A physician referral is required for inpatient and outpatient referrals.
For further information on the inpatient service, please call the Respiratory Medicine office at 416-243-3600 ext. 4626.
For further information on outpatient (clinic) appointment and services, please call the Outpatient Respiratory Medicine Office at 416-243-3600 ext. 2180. Referrals can be faxed directly to 416-243-3696. Also e-mail can be sent to Nurse Practitioner Jane McNamee at Jane.McNamee@westpark.org.
Patients without medical insurance coverage can receive out-patient services covered by the TB-UP Program administered through local Public Health units.