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Programs & Services

Diagnostic Services

We provide a full range of exams, screening tests, and various services for inpatients and outpatients, using state-of-the-art equipment. Services include X-ray, ultrasound, physiotherapy/occupational therapy, kinesiology, laboratory, and nutritional services.

Imaging

Location

Located on the lower floor, adjacent to the emergency department waiting room.

Hours

Weekdays
Monday - Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm

Weekends
Monday - Saturday
10:00am - 6:00pm

Feedback

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Imaging Comment Card

Contact

Phone:

Phone: 807-854-1862 Ext. 127

Fax:

Fax: 807-854-4202


The Geraldton District Hospital Imaging Department consists of x-ray and ultrasound along with support services such as picture archiving and communication systems delivering images instantly to our radiologists and physicians. Patients  benefit from medical imaging services that combine talented medical professionals and contemporary equipment.
Imaging

Links

  • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists  www.camrt.ca
  • College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario  www.cmrto.org
  • Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Technologists   www.oamrt.on.ca
  • Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers   www.csdms.com
  • Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals   www.cardup.org
  • Ontario Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers   www.osdms.org

Radiology (X-Ray)

X-rays are a form of radiant energy, like light or radio waves.  Unlike light, x-rays can penetrate the body, which allows a Technologist to produce pictures of internal structures.  The Technologist can view these on a computer monitor.

X-ray examinations provide valuable information about your health and play an important role in helping your doctor make an accurate diagnosis. In some cases x-rays are used to assist with placement of tubes or other devices in the body or with other therapeutic procedures.

Geraldton District Hospital offers general x-ray exam and Intravenous Pyelograms (IVP’s).  We do not provide barium studies.

 

Patient Information

  • No appointment needed.
  • Bring your health card and requisition with you.
  • Register at the Emergency department.
  • Call back services are provided after hours for emergencies only

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Sonography (Ultrasound)

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.

Geraldton District Hospital offers ultrasound of OB/GYN, abdominal and small parts.  We do not provide vascular or musculoskeletal ultrasounds.

 

Patient Information

  • By appointment only.
  • Technologist will inform you of any preparation needed.
  • Bring your health card and requisition with you.
  • Register at the Emergency department.

Ultrasound Test

 

Laboratory

Location

Located on the lower floor, close to the rehabilitation department and administration offices.

Hours

Out patient collection
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 11:30am

Department

Weekdays
7:00am - 9:00pm

Weekends
8:00am - 4:00pm

 

Feedback

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Contact

Phone:

Phone: 807-854-1862 ext 118

Fax:

Fax: 807-854-4201

Our progressive laboratory department utilizes up to date equipment to provide clinical laboratory tests to hospital in-patients, long term care residents and out-patients.  Results from laboratory tests are utilized by health care professionals to diagnose, monitor and treat diseases and/or health conditions.

Geraldton District Hospital Laboratory consists of a core lab (hematology, chemistry and transfusion medicine), electrocardiograms and laboratory specimen procurement.  The Laboratory is accreditated by IQMH (Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare) which ensures our inpatients and registered outpatients receive quality laboratory services at all times.

We are a member of the Northshore District Laboratory Program (NDLP) along with Nipigon, Terrace Bay, Manitouwadge, Marathon and Wawa hospital laboratories.

Our Hospital has jointed the Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS).  Click here to find out more.

Lab Staff

 

Patient Information

Lab Staff Working
  • No appointment needed.
  • Bring your health card and requisition with you.
  • Register at the Emergency department.
  • Outpatients are processed on a first come – first serve basis.
  • Call back services are provided after hours for emergencies only.

 

Specimen Drop Off

Specimen MUST be labelled with the patient's first and last names, date of birth and date and time of collection.

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Rehabilitation

Location

Located on the lower floor across from the laboratory.

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Feedback

Please complete the feedback card to let us know how we are doing. Thank you!

 Rehabilitation Comment Card

Contact

Phone:

Phone: 807-854-1862 Ext. 115

Fax:

Fax: 807-854-4208

The Geraldton District Hospital Rehabilitation Department consists of physiotherapy, kinesiology and occupational therapy. Our services are available to in-patients and/or outpatients who require active rehabilitation to increase their functional ability and level of independence.

For conditions that cannot be treated in Geraldton due to special training or equipment, we refer the patient to an appropriate clinician/institution in the area.

 Patient information

  • A written referral from a physician or nurse practitioner is required for Rehabilitation services.
  • You must bring your health card to your initial appointment.
  • Registration is completed in the Rehabilitation department.
  • For the initial visit, patients are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their appointment time in order to fill out the appropriate paperwork.
  • For follow-up visits, patients are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to their appointment time.
  • Patients should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that allows the injured limb or body part to be easily accessed.

Waiting list

There is a waiting list for patients who are referred to the rehabilitation department.  Patients are prioritized based on a pre-established policy. You can expect to wait:

  • 1 week for urgent referrals such as post surgical.
  • 3-6 weeks for acute conditions such as new soft tissue injury.
  • 3-6 weeks for children under the age of 18 years.
  • 6 months or more for chronic conditions such as low back pain.
Rehabilitation Department

 

Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function. Kinesiology incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience into an all-encompassing healthcare practice. Kinesiologists use the latest evidence-based research to treat and prevent injury and disease, and to improve movement and performance. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities in many settings to help them achieve their health and wellness goals, and improve quality of life. Some areas of kinesiology practice include: 

  • health promotion
  • injury rehabilitation
  • pain and chronic disease management
  • ergonomics and workplace safety
  • fitness training and athletics
  • return to work planning and disability management
  • public health

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Occupational Therapy

People experience life to the fullest through meaningful occupations - the day to day skills, activities, interactions and experiences that engage us with our environment, our community and the people around us. Our ability to participate in occupations that are important to us promotes health and well-being. The goal of occupational therapy is to positively influence people's health by enabling occupation.

Occupational Therapists...Empowering People with Skills for the Job of Living

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are health professionals that help people or groups of people of all ages assume or reassume the skills they need for the job of living. Occupational Therapists work with their clients to help them identify barriers to meaningful occupations (self care, work and leisure). While enabling clients to change these barriers, Occupational therapists fulfill the roles of therapist, educator, counselor, case manager, resource developer, policy analyst and advocate.

Occupational Therapists Help With Situations Such As:

  • difficulties affecting one's ability to care for oneself or others
  • returning to work after prolonged illness or injury
  • learning difficulties in the classroom
  • mobility/seating problems that impair function in the home/workplace/community
  • difficulties socializing or enjoying leisure time because of functional changes
  • home or workplace modifications when accessibility is an issue
  • Managing pain due to injury, burns, arthritis, etc.
  • Hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Splinting
  • Home assessments
  • Ergonomic assessments

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapists are trained to evaluate and improve movement and function of the body, with particular attention to physical mobility, balance, posture, fatigue, and pain. The physiotherapy program typically involves (1) educating the person about the physical problems caused by the disease, (2) designing an individualized exercise program to address the problems, and (3) enhancing mobility and energy conservation through the use of a variety of mobility aids and adaptive equipment. Physiotherapy has many specialties including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics and pediatrics to name some of the more common areas.   

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Clinical Nutrition

Location

Located at the Northern Horizon Health Centre, adjacent to the Hospital.

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Feedback

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Contact

Phone:

Phone: 807-854-1862 ext. 267

Fax:

Fax: 807-854-4213


A registered dietitian provides clinical nutrition services to hospital inpatients, long term care residents and out patients.  The dietitian is also involved with the food services department for menu planning and therapeutic diets.  Presentations or workshops for community groups are available upon requests.

Nutrition counselling is available for a wide variety of health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, weight management, gastrointestinal problems, eating disorders, etc. If you have been told by your physician or nurse practitioner that you have a condition that requires nutrition intervention or if you are interested in improving your eating habits, make sure to ask for a referral to the dietitian.

During your first visit, the dietitian will complete a nutritional assessment of your eating and lifestyle habits, establish a nutrition plan based on your individual needs and provide education.  Follow up appointments will be scheduled as necessary.

Dietician consulting a client

 

Patient Information

  • Out patients require a referral from a physician or nurse practitioner to be seen by the dietitian.
  • Once you have your referral, contact the dietitian’s office to book an appointment or have your referral sent to her office and she will contact you.
  • You should bring a list of your medication to your appointment.
  • It is always helpful to bring along the cook in the family or someone to support you in making lifestyle changes.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule.

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