Many programs at the Montreal General Hospital have distinguished themselves through the quality of their work and their spirit of innovation. The MGH is home to a variety of specialized departments and clinics, meeting the need for accurate diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment protocols.
A good example of this concerted effort is the Rapid Access Unit and the Medical Day Hospital. Family physicians and specialists in the McGill University Health Centre network can confer on cases that may require particularly rapid assessment or treatment.
Patients coming to the MGH to consult our specialists know they are in good hands. Our physicians are first-rate and, as McGill University faculty members, they are passionate about the practice of medicine. Reflecting the growing interest in a holistic vision of care, our teams frequently coordinate with other specialties and disciplines to adopt a multidisciplinary approach for the greater benefit of our patients.
Allergy and Immunology
The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology provides highly specialized, innovative care aimed at preventing serious and potentially fatal immune pathologies. It strives for excellence in patient care as well as in research and teaching.
The division manages a unique immune deficiency and deregulation program which seeks to treat the most complex cases using a multidisciplinary approach. Patients are referred to its clinics by the McGill research institutes and the Université de Sherbrooke. Other initiatives launched by the division focus on areas like reproductive immunology, eosinophilic esophagitis (characterized by inflammation of the esophagus) and atopic food intolerance.
The Lupus Clinic
The Lupus Clinic at the Montreal General Hospital treats Canada’s second largest population of lupus patients. Its multidisciplinary approach has proved effective, and patients are referred to the clinic from across Quebec and sometimes even neighboring provinces. Its team also conducts world-class research here in Montreal.
The Division of Geriatric Medicine responds to the needs of frail patients from the moment they enter the emergency room until they are discharged from the hospital. Its teams work closely with the various MGH divisions to provide these patients with care appropriate to their age and health status. Two teams of physician/nurse pairs are assigned to this group of patients on a continuous basis, one in the emergency room and the other on the wards.
To meet the needs of our ageing community, the Division of Geriatric Medicine has created a day hospital and five clinics at the MGH, each focused on specific problems that affect seniors:
- Memory Clinic
- Skill and Ability Clinic
- Polypharmacy Clinic
- Pain Clinic
- Fall Assessment Clinic
The Falls and Mobility Assessment Clinic provides subspecialized and interdisciplinary assessment of gait and falls risk in elderly persons with the aim of preventing falls or the recurrence of falls in those who have already experienced a prior event. The emphasis is on patient and family education with recommendations from members of the interdisciplinary team.
In addition to treating the elderly and training medical students and residents in our specialized approach to senior care, we promote the use of this method by healthcare workers across the board so they can develop the basic skills needed to tailor their care-giving to the specific requirements of the elderly and frail.
The Division of Ophthalmology is a leading eye care centre staffed by specialists who work collaboratively on complex research and clinical issues. Our current group of ophthalmologists includes specialists in cornea and external disease, refractive surgery, ultrasound, and medical and surgical retina. In addition, most of our clinicians perform cataract and other eye surgeries.