Available Services

Services include medical specialists, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dieticians, psychiatrists, and occupational therapists. All of these professionals can be seen in the clinic for individual consultation.

Clinic Pharmacy

A retail pharmacy is located within the clinic, and is available to all patients as well as hospital staff. Services offered by highly trained and specialized pharmacy staff include individual medication counseling, free access to numerous adherence support tools, telephone follow-up, refill reminders, and home delivery of medications.

The Clinic Pharmacy is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The phone number is 416-340-5207. Please allow 48 hours notice when calling for prescription refills.

Teaching

University Health Network is among Canada’s largest teaching hospitals. We’re a leader in training undergraduate and graduate medical students and residents, physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals. It is not only our objective to teach students of the health care professions, but also to provide ongoing continuing education to our staff and to provide relevant and useful health information for our patients. As such we are an organization with numerous educational mandates.

In the course of your hospital appointment and/or stay, you can expect to be seen and examined by your staff physician as well as possibly one or more of the following individuals.

  • Medical Students, Interns, Residents and – Fellows
  • Nursing Students
  • Allied Health Professional Students

Our team approach to education ensures that you receive the highest quality care from a dedicated group.

Research

The University Health Network is known for its world class excellence in research. Our research scientists and clinicians are studying many aspects of HIV infection, including experimental therapies for “boosting” or enhancing the immune system, or for preventing common infections and cancers. Ask your Clinic physician about our current research programs, and look for regular updates on research in website.

Hospital admission

If admission to hospital becomes necessary, you will likely be admitted to one of our General Medicine floors at either the General or Western site, under the care of an attending physician. Your clinic physician and team will consult with this attending physician, and visit you on the floor during your admission, to deal with your concerns. If you need re-admission, we will do our best to ensure that you go to the same floor so that you can be cared for by the staff that you already know.

Advocacy

If you have a concern, please direct it to a staff person you feel comfortable with. Alternatively, you can contact Toronto General Hospital’s Patient Relations Department at (416) 340-4907. Please help us to continue in providing the best outpatient HIV care.

Language interpretation/ other services

Language interpretation and counseling services in other languages are available. Please let us know in advance if you require these or other services.

Confidentiality

Maintaining your confidentiality is a critical concern to the clinic. Clinic staff will not leave identifying messages on your answering machine, nor will they mail correspondence to your home in identifying envelopes. However, please let us know if there are any special concerns you have with confidentiality and disclosure, so that we can respond appropriately.

Community Support Programs

In addition to medical consultation/treatment, we can also connect you with community support programs dedicated to serving individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Some of our partner agencies are listed below:

  • AIDS Committee of Toronto ACT
  • Toronto People with AIDS PWA
  • HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario- HALCO
  • Asian Community AIDS Services- ACAS
  • ASAAP
  • PASAN
  • Health coverage

All our services in the Immunodeficiency Clinic are covered by OHIP. It remains important that you have and maintain the required OHIP coverage for yourself. The Immunodeficiency Clinic is not responsible for coverage (payment) of medications, although we will help you to get any and all coverage that you may be entitled to under social and community programs.

Day treatment is available in the Clinic for patients who need intravenous medications, blood transfusions, fluid replacement, blood work, or various medical procedures.

Additional Services

In addition to medical consultation and treatment, we can also provide or help you access:
  • Counseling for addiction, depression, anxiety, stress management, self-disclosure issues, medication problems, sexual functioning concerns, couples and family problems, nutrition, spiritual concerns, health management/promotion, problems with energy and mobility, problems with memory/concentration
  • Smoking cessation support and counselling
  • Financial Assistance
  • On-site Pharmacy
  • Housing
  • Information Sheets and Videos about HIV/AIDS and related Topics
  • Insurance/Disability Claims
  • Language Interpretation
  • Living Wills/Legal Help
  • Meal Deliveries
  • Support and Social Groups
  • Therapy Groups
  • The Immunodeficiency Clinic day treatment room

Day treatment is available in the Clinic for patients who need intravenous medications, blood transfusions, fluid replacement, blood work, or various medical procedures.