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Diagnostic Imaging
The Vic's Diagnostic Imaging department provides high quality diagnostic services to help with the diagnosis and treatment of our patients. The services include: Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning, Ultrasound, non-invasive Cardiology (EKG), Nuclear Medicine and general imaging. In the fall of 2002, the Vic became the first site in Winnipeg to introduce a fully integrated Filmless Imaging system, where all images are now stored digitally and very few films are printed, providing a more timely, efficient and environmentally friendly service.


Dietetics
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Laboratory Services
The Victoria General Hospital Laboratories provides a full range of services including Biochemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, as well as Surgical Pathology, Autopsy Pathology and Cytology services. It is an integral part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authorities Laboratory medicine program and through the WRHA network of Laboratories and Cadham provincial laboratory all specialized Pathology services are available.

At the current time it is staffed by two pathologists, consultant Oncologist/Hematologists, a consultant biochemist, a consultant microbiologist, a laboratory manager and 25 technologists, technicians and other staff. In 2002 the laboratory handled 9227 surgical specimens, 624 non-gynecological cytology specimens as well as 356,000 chemistry tests, 45,800 CBC's and 17,595 microbiology specimens.


Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy is a health profession dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing through occupations, to help people of all ages lead satisfying, productive and independent lives. Occupations are the daily living activities of self-care, productivity and leisure that are meaningful to each individual.

As valuable members of the health care team at the Victoria General Hospital, Occupational Therapists complete a variety of assessments (e.g. cognitive, functional, seating assessments etc.) and interventions (e.g. recommendations of adaptive equipment, community resources etc.) to promote quality of life. Occupational Therapists consider people’s occupation, abilities and environmental factors to assist with planning discharge from the hospital.

Rehabilitation assistants also play an integral part in the treatment of inpatients.  Under the guidance of the occupational therapists they work directly with the patients supporting them in the functions of daily living.

The Occupational Therapy Department at the Victoria General Hospital provides service to the critical care, emergency, family medicine, medicine, mental health, and surgery programs.


Pharmacy
Pharmacy services are delivered by highly qualified staff including Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacists. Pharmacy Technicians oversee the distribution of medication to patient care areas. High functioning technolgy systems provide an up-to- date environment of systems that ensure the delivery of medication is safe and timely.

The Pharmacist works directly in the patient care areas, and is an active member of the healthcare interprofessional team working together to optimize the care of the patient. The Pharmacist will monitor the use of medication, watch for medication related problems and provide drug information and education to the healthcare team.

The Pharmacist has a positive influence on the patients' "transition" from and to home, enhancing their safety, their experience throughout their stay, reducing adverse events and potentially, reducing readmissions through improved patient knowledge and compliance to their medications.

The Pharmacist participates in clarifying or reconciling the medications at admission, transfer and at discharge, and will provide guidance where special considerations are required to enhance patient knowledge of their medicine and compliance.


Physiotherapy
The primary role of Physiotherapy is in the preservation, development and restoration of maximum physical function.

Physiotherapists are integral members of the interdisciplinary teams who assess, treat and provide education for both inpatients and outpatients having a variety of acute and chronic conditions.

The inpatient physiotherapists work mainly with clients having cardiovascular (MI’s), pulmonary (pneumonia, COPD) and neuromuscular (stroke) diagnosis’. Musculoskeletal diagnosis’ are the main focus of the outpatient physiotherapists, these can include bone, joint, muscle or mobility issues.

Rehabilitation assistants also play an integral part in the treatment of inpatients.  Under the guidance of the physiotherapists they work directly with the patients supporting them in both mobility and function.

Physiotherapy services are provided 7 days a week from 8:00 – 4:15. Full services are provided Monday – Friday, with limited service on week-ends and statutory holidays for inpatients. Outpatient services are provided Monday – Friday only.


Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory Therapists at the Victoria Hospital are essential members of the healthcare team, working together to assist people experiencing breathing problems.  

Respiratory Therapists assume a variety of roles, including a key role in the critical care management of patients required to be on mechanical ventilators.  Respiratory Therapists are an integral member of the "Code Blue" team working in acute emergency situations. At the other end of spectrum Respirator Therapists  work closely with the Home Oxygen Program to provide a smooth transition for patient requiring oxygen at home after discharge from the Victoria Hospital.

Other specialized duties include obtaining and analyzing arterial blood gas samples, performing pulmonary function testing, and educating patients about their conditions and self-management techniques.


Social Work
The role of Social Work is multifaceted and complex as we strive to meet the psychosocial needs of primarily the patients, and secondarily the families of the patients at Victoria General Hospital. As a team we work with patients on: safe disposition planning for home or transitioning from home to alternate levels of long term care; addictions; mental health; safety to self; violence within relationships; supportive and grief counseling; advocacy; family support; assisting in navigating systems; educating on issues such as Enduring Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive, Last Will and Testament

The Social Work Team at Victoria General Hospital is part of the Allied Health Practice Team that facilitates the best care possible as an interdisciplinary team. We value that all aspects of the self (emotional, physical, mental and spiritual) are an important part of healing.

Social Work is a professional and academic discipline that is guided by a Code of Ethics. The Social Work Team is registered with a regulatory body, The Manitoba Association of Social Workers and our practice is guided by a Code of Ethics for the Canadian Association of Social Worker.

The Social Work Team provides professional care with compassion within the mandate and vision of Victoria General Hospital.