Tuberculosis Service

Treating patients with complex tuberculosis to help them return safely to the community

Description:

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.

Tuberculosis Service
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.

In-patent service features include:

  • 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.

Out-patient service features include:

  • 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 download a brochure on TB, click here.

Type: Lungs and Breathing

Funding: 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.

Eligibility: Inviduals 16 years of age and older with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of tuberculosis or other mycobacterial infection (see "Referral requirements" for more detail).

Referral requirements:

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. To find out more on how to refer, visit here. To access the relevant referral form, click here.

Contact Information:

For further information on this service or to make an appointment, please call the Respiratory Medicine office at West Park Healthcare Centre at 416-243-3600, ext. 4054, or e-mail sharon.stewart@westpark.org.

Additional Information:

Patients without medical insurance coverage can receive out-patient services covered by the TB-UP Program administered through local Public Health units.