Expanding Bariatric Services In Ontario
Ontario Bariatric Network
The Ontario Bariatric Network consists of four centres of excellence, a Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre, and a Paediatric Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre:
- Hamilton (St. Joseph's Healthcare and Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation's General site)
- University of Toronto Collaborative Bariatric Surgery Program (Humber River Regional Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto East General Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre and University of Health Network's Toronto Western site)
- The Ottawa Hospital
- Guelph General Hospital
- Windsor Regional Hospital (Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre).
The network will be led by an advisory board that will provide advice on managing access and quality of delivery of bariatric services in Ontario by establishing common assessment criteria, developing/sharing of best practices as well as ongoing monitoring of outcomes.
Centres of Excellence
The four centres of excellence located in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph and Ottawa provide pre-and post-bariatric surgical care, counseling, referral and weight loss treatment delivered by a multi-disciplinary health care team consisting of physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, kinesiologists and mental health workers.
Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre
Windsor Regional Hospital is being named as the first bariatric regional assessment and treatment centre. It's anticipated that there will be a number of these centres located across the province based on community need and population. The centres will involve a multi-disciplinary team of bariatric experts (physician, nurse, dietician, social worker, pharmacist) and refer patients to the appropriate treatment (surgery, psychiatric counseling, drug therapy).
Pediatric Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre
The Hospital for Sick Children is being named as the first pediatric regional assessment and treatment centre. The centre will treat children with complex severe obesity through family-centred, tertiary, interdisciplinary treatment, care coordination and, only where appropriate, bariatric services. The interdisciplinary team includes a key worker, psychologist, social worker, exercise physiologist, dietician and clinic/research clerk.