Your giving enables our patients to restore and enhance function within their daily lives.
The rehabilitation department at Belleville General Hospital is multidisciplinary and is comprised of professionals from
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and language pathology
- Recreation Therapy
Rehabilitation patients face many challenges, sometimes in the body’s most intricate of places, which is why our rehabilitation teams work closely with radiology, primary care, the emergency department and other areas across the hospital. These patients require highly specialized care and a range of equipment and resources to enable them to make a full recovery.
The District Stroke Centre – Sills Wing
Based here at BGH, the District Stroke Centre’s role is to
- Provide organized stroke prevention and care to those residing in Prince Edward and Hastings Counties
- Work with the Regional Stroke Centre in Kingston to provide Stroke Care services across the full catchment area
- Provide coordinated Stroke Care services whilst educating the community
The role of the Belleville site is to provide streamlined access to diagnostic testing, optical medical and surgical management and counselling in lifestyle change to reduce those at highest risk.
Your donation ensures that we continue to offer the best care as one of 4 stroke prevention clinics within South East Ontario.
Integrated Stroke & Rehab Unit
Stroke is the 3rd largest killer of Canadian adults. Here at BGH our integrated teams receive patients from across the region, seeing more than 400 acute stroke admissions a year, with an average stay of 9 days. Once the initial danger has passed, the role of the team shifts to help maximize a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation.
There can be many outcomes to a patient following a neurological episode, which is why we require specialist equipment to enable treatment for a wide range of conditions.
Stroke and neurological conditions require specialized, highly sophisticated care. With your donation to the stroke and rehabilitation fund (hyperlink to donate), we can invest in the equipment and programs that make a difference to patients suffering from these illnesses.
“Don’t Delay, seek help”
Joyce Lennard, 69, Stirling
One afternoon about 5 years ago, Stirling resident Joyce Lenard was looking for her car keys when something strange happened. She opened her mouth to ask her daughter to help her, but she couldn’t come up with the word ‘key.’
“I kept saying, ‘hand me the phone,’ or ‘hand me the bag ‘ – something like that she recalls. “I felt like I knew what I wanted to say but the correct words failed me.”
Joyce eventually found her keys and her daughter, Kristin, drove her to BGH – assuming something wasn’t right. Imaging reveled she has suffered a stroke in her frontal lobe. It turned out to be the first of many visits to the hospital.
Over the next several weeks, Joyce, a former financial planner, experienced a range of strange symptoms that saw her in and out of the hospital. For example, she recalls moments of blurred vision, followed by periods of dizziness. Her limbs would often go weak and she would struggle to communicate with her family.
She remembers calling her sister and trying to tell her about her day, but once again the words failed her as she lost the ability to carry out a normal conversation. Her sister’s reaction was one of concern and so it was back to BGH. This cycle appeared to repeat itself and with each admission Dr’s diagnosed a mini stroke (TIA).
At this point, the health care team kept her at BGH for 4 weeks to treat and monitor her condition. The staff managed to stabilize her, so that she stopped having mini strokes and she was referred to the rehabilitation team for further care.
In the years following, Joyce received many hours of therapy from the excellent programs available both in and outside of the hospital through community partners. “It took some time but I gradually started to recover some of my mobility and gain my life back.”
Joyce’s advice to others in the community? “Seek help immediately,” she says. ‘ The early warning signs of a stroke may not seem obvious, but without my family and the care I received at BGH things may have been a lot worse for me.’
Visual : A picture that reflects a 69 year old lady from stock.