Serving Patients in Northern Ontario
More than 60% of people with CF attending the Toronto Adult CF clinic live outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Some people have a 6 to 8 hour drive or a 1.5 hour flight to attend clinic. We recognize that these distances add financial and logistical difficulties to attend clinic.
To help reduce travel time for many patients, we have established two satellite clinics, one in Thunder Bay and one in Sudbury, Ontario.
If travel to Toronto is necessary, a Northern Travel Grant program can assist in reimbursement for travel expenses. Please speak to your CF team about accessing this form.
Approximately twice per year (typically in the spring and fall), Dr. Elizabeth Tullis or Dr. Anne Stephenson fly to Thunder Bay to see patients in the Thunder Bay region.
The clinic is located in the outpatient clinic area of Thunder Bay Regional Hospital. Colleen Morrow, a local nurse practitioner, sets up appointments, coordinates the clinic, and organizes tests for the CF clinic. In addition to in-person satellite clinics, telemedicine clinic visits are scheduled as needed throughout the year. Although there is no formal local CF clinic in Thunder Bay, Dr. B. Biman, a local adult Respirologist, will often see our CF patients if needed in between satellite clinics to ensure they remain well. Adults with CF followed in Thunder Bay can get their medications shipped to them from the Toronto Adult CF Clinic.
Twice per year, two CF doctors from St. Michael’s Adult clinic travel to Sudbury to run a satellite CF clinic at Health Sciences North.
A pediatric CF clinic exists in Sudbury; however, there is no local adult CF clinic which is why the adult CF team from Toronto travels to Sudbury to provide care for adults with CF in the Sudbury area. A CF dietitian from the Toronto CF clinic attends the satellite clinic also, when possible. Sharri-Lynne Zinger is the nurse coordinator at the Sudbury clinic for both the pediatric and adult clinic and she books the appointments for the satellite clinic, is a contact between visits and arranges testing and Telemedicine visits. Adults with CF who are followed in Sudbury can get their medications from the pharmacy at Sudbury Health Sciences Centre or at St Michael’s Hospital.