Serious illness conversations benefit patients with life-limiting illness

Beginning a conversation with patients diagnosed with a progressive life-limiting illness is challenging, distressing and unsettling for the patient, their family, caregivers and health care providers.  However, having these conversations has been shown to have tremendous benefits for patients and results in improved quality of life.

From molecules to populations and back: KGHRI clinician-scientists highlight translational medicine at Queen’s

Health research is entering an exciting new phase at Kingston’s academic and medical research institutions, and three clinician-scientists from the KGH Research Institute have taken to the airwaves to talk about it.

Drs. Stephen Archer, Paula James and Mark Ormiston were recently profiled on Blind Date with Knowledge, a new Queen’s radio program highlighting Queen’s University research.

Special event honours those who gave the gift of life

Outside the chapel in the Kidd 2 hallway of the Kingston General Hospital site, there is a special glass wall  that changes a little bit every year. Known as the Organ and Tissue Donor Memorial Wall, it recognizes those who pursued the opportunity to give others the gift of life through organ and or tissue donation.

Twice a year the Critical Care team hosts an intimate event where the friends and families of donors are invited to return to the hospital to place the name of their loved one onto the memorial.

KHSC team first to find possible cause of delirium

A new study out of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is helping to shed some light on a serious but often misunderstood health condition. Delirium has been shown to have critical long-term impact on the most seriously ill patients, but still has no known cause.

For former KHSC patient Robert, the first sign that something wasn’t quite right was when he began noticing fruit flies in his home. However, he was the only member of his household to see them.

Influenza outbreak declared over at KGH

The outbreak of Influenza at KGH has been declared over. However, influenza is still present within our region.

Family members and visitors to patients are asked to delay their visit if you they have had a fever within the last 72 hours or are experiencing a cough or muscle aches.

If you have a scheduled appointment, you should still attend those appointments unless you are experiencing these symptoms.

KHSC has most improved emergency wait-times in Ontario

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has recently seen an impressive jump in rankings for emergency wait-times in Ontario hospitals. KHSC’s overall emergency wait-times have recently improved from 53 to 28 best in the province.

When looking at wait times for admitted patients who are waiting for a bed on an inpatient unit, KHSC has improved from 61 to 24 best.