As the week comes to an end, no matter the missteps, this news is something to celebrate. A lot of behind the scenes collaboration, effort and commitment. Kudos! Let’s spread this to every region in Canada. https://t.co/j2gD1DM5Co
Hopefully this is not the 1st the province's are hearing of it, and plans are already being updated. Tough news for so many who are waiting. But again, let's use the time to be 100% prepared to vaccinate the population as these doses arrive without delay. https://t.co/wt1TVJ1ZmV
This letter justifies @fordnation’s statement and actions. It’s full of disinformation. We are at a critical juncture and our leaders need to lead with an evidence-informed view. No space for this and honestly I’m hesitant to even amplify it. https://t.co/c8J8XFtH1F
'Don't forget about us': Ontario gastroenterologists who work outside hospitals frustrated by vaccine schedules https://t.co/Mrk9LeMszF
Ketchup and potato chip, yes. Coffee and chocolate, yes. This 👇 NO!! https://t.co/jnpY1c2Wbc
Not an effective communication fan-out: -person A sends email to everyone -person B forwards same email to a subgroup -person C forwards same email to a different subgroup -person D forwards same email to another subgroup Result: Person E has received the email 4 times.
Looking at hospital data, there's something concerning happening in America's ICUs There are 27,000 COVID patients in ICUs right now On October 2, there were 7,000 And in order to accommodate the increase, hospitals are reducing access of non-COVID patients to ICU…
I watched the rest of @TheAgenda and it was a good discussion on important issues that impact us all. Worth watching for insights into how system leaders view the problems created by #covid. https://t.co/UhlvQlA29t
@TheAgenda @DrMohammadOsler @OslerHealth @OntarioHealthOH #onpoli Just wow. "The issue right now" IS THIS: 1. Abundance of physicians who didn't have PPE early on in pandemic have retired or reduced practice. They are also not front-line for #COVIDVaccination 1/…
The comments below about family physicians are simply not true. Data demonstrates 99% of family doctors are registering in-person visits. @DrMohammadOsler you may want to reconsider your comments that appear to unfairly malign our colleagues who are really going above and…
Here's todays UHN open forum. Lots of topics of wide interest around #COVIDVaccine, UHN work in long-term care, IPAC update and CEO response to leadership travel against public health advice. I don't usually tweet these but this one is info filled! https://t.co/EmET42dwYb
Ontario’s #covid19 modelling data. I fell off my chair. We are heading into a crisis the likes we have never seen. Now is the time for rapid smart policy, social commitment to public health, and compassion. https://t.co/RIh0FhOLYt
More Pfizer ordered but passing on more Moderna (yesterday’s news)?? That’s a bit surprising on the surface, given the handling requirements of Moderna are far more favourable for community distribution. #COVIDVaccine https://t.co/0U1h2S05gi
This goes for employers too. And I really do think references should be from above and below. Usually the employees that report to someone are the far better judge of character. https://t.co/6KSW7Ewm1f
New comment in @LancetGastroHep Liver disease pts should all get SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. However, immunogenicity remains unknown. There is now an urgent need to: • Collaborate • Assess Ab & T-cell responses • Monitor for post-vaccination…
You read about hospital CEOs in Ontario and holiday breaks? Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s CEO Janice Kaffer spent Christmas Eve with a team at Windsor’s largest COVID-19 LTC outbreak. On Sunday? She helped vaccination residents. “Jubilation and…
Makes you wonder if the hospital board governance system in Ontario is broke. Because this is a total failure of management of their CEO and reputational risk. https://t.co/t2WwcbYVx3
For all of us Ontario healthcare workers who stayed where we are for the holidays, we get: pic.twitter.com/fO2t3crdd7
We want to hear from you! What do you plan to do in 2021 to help eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat? pic.twitter.com/zND0Ae2g9R
You too can help to #eliminate viral hepatitis! We have provided 3 simple ways you can ensure that you are doing your part in the fight against viral hepatitis. Every bit helps! Let us know how you have helped in the fight against viral hepatitis⬇️ pic.twitter.com/1QZUtygIgW
#Throwback to our testing events! One of the biggest setbacks in reaching global elimination is the lack of testing. Before COVID, our team would set-up booths to offer free testing! Let us know what you and your team have done this year to help eliminate viral hepatitis! 💭…
Last #WorldHepatitisDay, VIRCAN went around Toronto handing out face masks and raising awareness for #ViralHepatitis. If you got one of our face masks, send us a selfie of you wearing it to show your support for #globalelimination! 😷 pic.twitter.com/Bq1wcNpPe6
In 2020, we worked hard to do our part in eliminating hepatitis and a big part of what we do is research! Here are some of our publications from last year. (1/4)
Guidance for elimination of HCV in Canada can be found in two reports which are widely useful. This one is about a range of blood-borne infections: https://t.co/rMt3qq6ehv and this specific to #HCV https://t.co/1gav0Pp8IH #NOhep https://t.co/g4AaJtXoOA
Hepatitis C elimination efforts in Canada require special focus on priority populations; including people who use drugs, gay men, and so on. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted these groups and has aggravated existing challenges to eliminate hepatitis C.…
#ViralHepatitis is a leading infectious killer. Yet, up to 90% of people living with hepatitis B and 75% of people living with hepatitis C do not know they are infected. These people are at risk for liver cancer and life threatening liver disease. pic.twitter.com/IlikGz9gPn
The 10 year countdown to elimination starts now and we encourage all of you to take action! This week we will be discussing the importance of viral hepatitis elimination and offering ways you can help reach the @WHO goal of #globalelimination by 2030.
Happy Holidays all! Please stay safe and have a happy new year🎊 We will "see" you in 2021! pic.twitter.com/BzZHYWZNsy
#Provider recommendations play a big role in a person's decision to get vaccinated, especially in the era of misinformation. Hear Dr. Sandra Leal explain how she recommends the #hepatitis B vaccine to adults with #diabetes : https://t.co/XADvHjvmOP #HowIRecommend @CDCgov #HBV…
"Despite being a huge public health threat, the Hepatitis C virus proved to be hard to identify." Check out this article that breaks down the timeline for the discovery of #HepatitisC ! ⬇️ https://t.co/oiZgS8AE18
#DYK: Hepatitis C often has no symptoms until serious liver damage has occurred? That is why @cdchep recommends all adults get tested for Hepatitis C. Talk to your doctor - it could save your life. pic.twitter.com/wtGmnXxZLU
We love seeing inspiring stories like this one! Unfortunately, #HepatitisB in babies is not uncommon. We need to continue to push for all babies to be vaccinated against Hep B at birth💉 https://t.co/QTqSoNcqW9
#DYK that every hour in Canada, more than 1 person is diagnosed with #hepatitisC ? You can help stop the spread by staying informed and getting tested! 💉 Learn more here from @GovCanHealth ⬇️ https://t.co/VA1306XEn1
"The stigma hurt me far more than the virus did." Stigma is a huge barrier to diagnosing and treating #hepatitisC. Learn about Peta's story and how she overcame her struggle with hepatitis C ⬇️ https://t.co/64ulnP5OZO
November is National Diabetes Month. "Those living in long-term care facilities that require assisted glucose monitoring are also at greater risk for HBV." Learn more about the risks of #HBV and #diabetes here: https://t.co/SVpN9aOjoJ
#ViralHepatitis doesn’t always show symptoms so make sure to get tested if you’re at risk or haven’t been tested before. #KnowYourStatus & get treated to help eliminate viral hepatitis https://t.co/QdKby1RROR pic.twitter.com/kzhfpeIqHJ
Patient stories are an incredible tool to break down stigma & raise awareness. We spoke to #hepatitis C advocate @philipcbaldwin about how he uses his story to raise awareness - visit our #FindTheMissingMillions online advocacy resource to find out more:…
Kat was young when her father discovered he has #hep B. Myths & fears segregated their Chinese family. She found out the truths about hepB when working in public health. Kat hopes to inspire fellow immigrant & refugee families to break the silence. Watch:…
How can you maintain a liver healthy lifestyle? Here are some food guidelines that you can follow to keep your liver healthy and happy! 🍎🥕 https://t.co/AqCm2PvhaC
We believe it is important for patients to understand how the #hepC testing process works. 💉 There are two tests needed to confirm an active infection; an antibody test and an RNA test. Check out this article by @HepatitisC_HU to learn the…
In honour of #WorldKindnessDay, we wanted to shed light on the stigma surrounding hep C. Sadly, hep C is highly stigmatized because of the common misconceptions. Patients often feel judged, isolated, or even embarrassed. #GetTheFacts about #HepatitisC and let's #EndTheStigma…
In children under 12, 139 Canadian-born children tested positive for HBV. It is time for Canada to update their guidelines and ensure all newborns are vaccinated against #hepatitisB. Far too many children are unnecessarily infected with this virus. https://t.co/GqTh1N7zVF
Worldwide, only 20% of people living with #hepatitis C and 9% of those with #hepB are aware of their condition. To achieve #NOhep, we must increase diagnosis rates! We want 90% of people living with viral hepatitis to know their status by 2030. pic.twitter.com/S577lxRqpL
We cannot wait until we can return to our testing events. In the meantime, #throwback to last Homeless Connect when we tested almost 100 people💉 Also, have a safe Halloween everyone!😷🎃 https://t.co/xk4ENh7JJm
October is #LiverCancerAwareness Month. Did you know that #chronichepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer worldwide? Head over to our website (https://t.co/uj6knFFbJV) to find out how you can protect yourself from developing chronic hepatitis. https://t.co/fXbIoMAZgm
Many people wonder if they should be tested for #hepatitisC. In general, it is recommended that every adult gets tested for hepatitis C at least once in their lifetime. #GetTested Article by: @HepatitisC_HU https://t.co/1lnkSxZMu1
Prenatal #HepatitisB screening is highly recommended, yet we still see high infection rates in children under 12. "139 Canadian-born children tested positive for HBV." It is time for Ontario to put an end to this by vaccinating all infants against #HBV!…
#DidYouKnow that #hepatitisC can increase your risk of getting other related liver complications - including Fatty Liver Disease? According to this article, "up to 50% of people with hep C also have fatty liver disease." #GetTested💉 #FridayFacts https://t.co/ehRZz81w43
Despite having a cure, over 150 million people are currently infected with #hepatitisC. You can help #eliminate hepatitis C by getting tested! For more information on hepatitis C and how to get tested, head over to our website: https://t.co/PEYmqM1WgE pic.twitter.com/b66tyHzHvR
Are you interested in being part of a treatment study to help clear COVID-19? If you meet the requirements, we encourage you to reach out to our contact coordinator and sign-up for this study! More information here: https://t.co/gPIUZ7G0dC @UHNPatientExp #WeAreInThisTogether…
It's World Hepatitis Day! If you were born from 1945 to 1975 - you should be tested for Hep C. We can only cure those we diagnose.
Research never ends...we're not done even in HCV yet - @JMPawlotsky at IAS-coinfection meeting
If only we could all get the drugs this cheaply...but not the only challenge to HCV elimination. Andrew Hill at IAS-coinfection meeting pic.twitter.com/Q3p9mj3uFk
Drug prices still a challenge to HCV elimination but coming down...Andrew Hill at IAS-Coinfection meeting pic.twitter.com/naNiqQrDf6
Lancet: disproving the Cochrane skepticism on the clinical benefits of an SVR with DAA in hepatitis C https://t.co/tupywEkGl7
Margaret Hellard reminding us that people who inject drugs are not hard to reach, just easy to ignore HIV-Hepatitis Coinfection meeting pic.twitter.com/iyC0Cf3Z6y
VIRCAN is a structured academic-community partnership that will address issues throughout the care of viral hepatitis, from diagnosis to treatment to cure.
Based out of the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease (TCLD), one of the largest liver units in North America, the VIRCAN team looks forward to demonstrating how viral hepatitis screening and treatment should be optimized in other urban settings across Canada, and around the world.
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Viral Hepatitis Care Network (VIRCAN) is an initiative of the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease part of the University Health Network that provides liver related healthcare services you need, at the convenience you want and the standards you deserve, right to your doorstep. VIRCAN Clinics are conveniently located in 4 locations around the GTA.
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As of April 1, 2020, the new VIRCAN Midtown clinic address is:
1975 Avenue Rd., 2nd Fl.
Toronto, ON M5M 4A3
All phone and fax numbers remain the same. For full information on all of our clinic locations, please check out the Clinics page.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, and public health goal of reducing community spread, VIRCAN Clinics remain closed for in-person office visits. We will provide an update when we have Public Health guidance to resume usual practice. We are offering virtual care for our follow-up patients via telephone or videoconference at your regular scheduled time. Urgent new consultations MAY also be facilitated via videoconference, while non-urgent referrals will be rescheduled to a later date. Our administrative staff will reach out with further instruction.
We are taking guidance from our regulatory bodies and Public Health, and will reassess in coming days. We encourage all patients to follow widespread recommendations for social distancing, avoiding public gatherings and outings. Our patients over 70, and those with chronic conditions, such as liver cirrhosis, cardiac and respiratory disease, autoimmune diseases and anyone on immunosuppressive medications need to be particularly cautious. Please use an abundance of caution with handwashing, and avoid touching your face to help minimize transmission. All patients who have traveled outside Canada need to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance with Public Health recommendations.