Healthy Liver

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The University of Ottawa Health Services offers an outpatient service for assessment and treatment of Hepatitis C.  The Healthy Liver program is led by a Nurse Practitioner trained in HCV in collaboration with an Infectious Diseases Physician.

 In Canada, an estimated 250, 000 people are living with hepatitis C (HCV). More than 25% of whom do not know they have it. In time, HCV can cause permanent liver damage, including cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. In North America, more people die of HCV than of AIDS, about 16,000 a year.

Most patients will not have any signs or symptoms of advanced liver fibrosis, many will only develop signs or symptoms in the decompensated liver cirrhosis stage. Patients with cirrhosis are at risk for liver cancer (HCC) and liver decompensation (ascites, variceal bleeding, hepatic encephalopathy, and jaundice).  Thanks to the development of new medications, Hepatitis C is easily curable, medications are now very well tolerated and safe. Cure reduces the risk of severe complications, even with cirrhosis

What to Expect

  • Initial and pre-treatment visits will consist of specific labs and diagnostic tests related to liver health and HCV monitoring
  • Baseline fibroscan will be offered to all patients to determine the level of liver fibrosis and urgency for therapy
  • Counseling regarding the risks associated with alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs use with HCV
  • Vaccines related to optimal liver health are updated and offered if not immunized
  • Discussion of potential treatment options
  • Initiation of treatment
  • Treatment monitoring, as well as post-treatment follow up visits
  • Ongoing communication and collaboration with your family physician

How to Prepare

  • Bring a list of all medications you are taking including non-prescription drugs. 
  • Bring a list of questions you have regarding HCV risk factors, screening and treatment.

How to Access

If you have rostered with a physician at the UOHS FHT you can join the Hepatitis C Program and have free access to the service. Call 613-564-3950 for more information or to book an appointment.  All patients rostered to the UOHS FHT have access to our allied health professionals.

The program accepts internal and external referrals for all patients with a diagnosis of Hep C or at high risk of acquiring the infection. The program focuses on providing preliminary staging, on-site treatment and on-going monitoring for Hep C. In addition, participants receive coordinated follow-up for drug coverage, adherence counseling, side-effect management and access to other FHT resources including consultation with the nurse practitioner, internal medicine specialist, clinical pharmacists and others. Urgent cases are sent to the Ottawa Hospital with a complete work-up for treatment.

The program accepts internal referrals for all patients with a diagnosis of Hep B. The program focuses on providing preliminary staging, on-site treatment and on-going monitoring for Hep B. In addition, participants receive access to other FHT resources including consultation with the nurse practitioner, internal medicine specialist, clinical pharmacists and others. Urgent cases are sent to the Ottawa Hospital with a complete work-up for treatment.

The program accepts internal referrals for all patients with a diagnosis of fatty liver. The program focuses on providing preliminary staging, counseling and on-going monitoring for fatty liver. In addition, participants receive access to other FHT resources including consultation with the nurse practitioner, internal medicine specialist, clinical pharmacists and others.

NB: UOHS also accepts outside patients for consultation regarding Hepatitis C. Physicians can refer a patient via fax at 613-564-6627. 

Led by a Nurse Practitioner, Daniel Julien, trained in HCV at The Ottawa Hospital and supported by an on-site Infectious Diseases, Dr. Maheen Saeed. 

Hepatitis test

As part of UOHS’s “Healthy Liver Program”, if you were born from 1945-1975, and have never been tested for Hep C, you would have received a letter and requisition, via email or letter asking to get checked.

Where can I have a blood test?
You can go to any laboratory to have a blood test.

Do I need to fast prior to my blood test?
No

I don’t see my doctor’s name on the requisition, will they receive the results?
Yes, all results are automatically forwarded to your family physician.

Wait time

Approximate Wait time at Walk-in Clinic



Please consider making an appointment with your family doctor for non-urgent issues

Hours of Operation

Walk-in Clinic
100 Marie Curie, Ottawa

Monday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 2 PM*

*Summer Hours: The Walk-in Clinic will be closed on Sundays from June 4th to August 27th

Important Walk in appointment information for Rideau Clinic location

Contact

300-100 Marie Curie Pvt
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-564-3950

Fax: 613-564-6627

After Hours Access to Care

Patients registered with a family doctor at UOHS

In case of emergency, always dial 911. THAS connects you to a nurse who can provide medical advice, or, if appropriate, provide access to a family health team doctor or suggest that you go to emergency.

1-866-553-7205


Patients not registered with a family doctor at UOHS – Ontario residents

In case of emergency, always dial 911. Telehealth Ontario is a free service that allows Ontario residents to speak to a Registered Nurse with their medical questions any time of the day or night. This could be when you're sick or injured but aren't sure if you need to see a doctor or can treat the situation at home.

1-866-797-0000


Patients not registered with a family doctor at UOHS – Quebec residents

In case of emergency, always dial 911. Info-Santé 8-1-1  is a free and confidential telephone consultation service that puts you in contact with a nurse in case of a non-urgent health issue.

Info-Santé 811

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