A new day, a new hospital and a new change of pace from the hectic schedule at the downtown St. Michael’s hospital to suburban Toronto. Today we were to visit Providence Healthcare, a leading hospital in providing rehabilitation, palliative and long-term care for the ageing.
A tour of the inpatient pharmacy was our first scientific endeavor of the day; we were given a step by step breakdown of the processes involved in distributing drugs across the hospital, from computer prescription software, through dosage and packaging, ultimately reaching the bedside and being administered to the patient.
Next, in the medical imaging department, we were lucky enough to shadow a radiologist performing an ultrasound scan. Unbeknownst to us, ultrasound scans can be utilized to diagnose a variety of diverse medical conditions, for example, to determine if there are any blood clots present within the major veins and arteries of the leg.
It just so happened that, at the time of our visit, Providence Healthcare was on its way to acquiring the results of the exhaustive and detailed provincial accreditation review that had just been completed by a team of external reviewers. For us, this was indeed a valuable introduction into the managerial and patient-care improvement aspect of the healthcare profession. Also, thanks to the end of accreditation, the hospital hosted a staff barbecue, which we were more than happy to participate in!
Following a lunch of BBQ hot dogs and burgers, Dr. Hazel Markwell showed us the senior’s residences and amenities for palliative and long-term care patients. It was evident that patient comfort and safety was of the utmost importance to the staff working at Providence.
The afternoon at the hospital was primarily focused on the extensive rehabilitation facilities. This included mock kitchen and bathroom setups, allowing patients with conditions that limit their movement to improve their mobility within the home. Also, Toyota’s purpose-built indoor car area enables these patients to practice maneuvering in and around a car using special equipment to help their mobility.
Later we visited a physiotherapist to learn more about the rehabilitation of elderly people with diseases such as Parkinson’s and arthritis. We were shown the facilities used to treat the patients as well as being allowed to sit in with patient whilst they were being evaluated. Again it was evident how much the staff at Providence care about their patients and how much they genuinely want to help improve peoples quality of life.
Unfortunately due to patient confidentiality and a busy schedule we were unable to take any pictures of the inside of the hospital.
At the end of the day we took the subway back downtown to our residence before again returning to our favorite Mexican restaurant -La Carnita- for the final time. Tomorrow we will Go back to St. Michael’s to meet a geneticist before going to meet Chris and Hazels son, Jason Markwell – A pharmaceutical intellectual property Lawyer – after this we will head North to Blue Mountain to relax, review and reflect upon our experiences of the scholarship.