Other Clinical Services
Riverview Health Centre offers a myriad of clinical services.
Registered dietitians (RDs) assess the nutritional status of all patients and residents admitted to Riverview Health Centre. As members of the interdisciplinary team, RDs determine the Nutrition Care Plan and monitor/evaluate Nutritional Outcomes. Nutrition eduction/counseling is provided to patients/residents and familes to support optimal nutrition status.
The University of Manitoba Dental Faculty provides dental services to patients and residents at Riverview Health Centre. The unit clerical partner can make an appointment at the request of the patient, resident or family. Charges are billed directly to the patient or resident.
If, however, the services of a private dentist are preferred, families can make arrangements. Transportation costs and dental charges in these cases are assumed by the patient or resident.
A medical radiation technologist provides services five days per week for patients and residents. A range of basic services, including electrocardiograph services, is provided on-site, with more complex tests referred out to the appropriate facility.
Laboratory testing services are provided for patients and residents by Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM), through Misericordia Health Centre (MHC). Plebotomy services are provided seven days per week (mornings only on weekends and statutory holidays). Routine Chemistry and Hematology testing is provided at MHC. All other testing is refered to the appropriate DSM Referal Laboratory. Transfusion Medicine services are available on site 24 hours per day.
Foot care is an integral part of routine care for patients and residents at Riverview Health Centre. Upon admission, each person undergoes a complete foot care assessment completed by the primary nurse. The assessment identifies the appropriate level of care required.
It is the responsibility of all nursing staff to provide basic foot care to patients and residents. This includes routine foot hygiene and nail care. Nursing staff have been trained in the provision of basic foot care.
When the foot care assessment indicates that advanced foot care is required, the Clinical Nurse Specialist is consulted. The Clinical Nurse Specialist has received advanced training in the provision of foot care. She provides consultation and/or initial treatment/reduction of thickened nails or calluses utilizing special instruments, and treats ingrown nails. As well, she provides education to patients and residents, family or nursing staff regarding the prevention of foot problems.
If the care required is ongoing or beyond her scope of practice, the Clinical Nurse Specialist will refer to other foot care providers or specialists, such as podiatrists. The patient or resident is responsible for podiatry service and other external provider charges.
As part of the foot care program, patients and residents are asked to provide their own set of foot care equipment. If this is not available, each unit has foot care equipment that can be sterilized after each use.
The hospital based home care coordinator's role is to assess a patient's eligibility for Home Care services and to organize and access community resources as required. As well, the coordinator collaborates with the inter-disciplinary team, patient and family to plan a safe discharge from Riverview Health Centre to the community or other care setting.
The purpose of occupational therapy is to maintain, restore or develop function and to promote quality of life. Occupational therapists provide service on all inpatient unit teams, as well as in the Day Hospital. Service is available Monday to Friday.
Occupational therapists work with patients and residents and their families in many areas, including:
assessment of cognitive and motor function and perceptual function
assessment of specific sets of tasks, such as performing self-care activities or working in the kitchen
postural seating assessments, arranging for obtaining seating systems and training in wheelchair management
adaptation of the environment, either in hospital or at home, to facilitate independence and/or discharge
Pharmacy services are provided to all units within Riverview Health Centre. In addition to the dispensing of medication, pharmacists provide education to patients, residents and families on all aspects of medication usage. Pharmacists also provide an educational resource to the other members of the multidisciplinary team on each unit.
Physiotherapy care is provided to patients and residents at Riverview Health Centre, with all patients receiving a comprehensive initial assessment that forms the basis of the subsequent treatment plan. Education and prevention are an important part of therapy.
Treatment may be directed at impaired movement, lack of mobility, muscle weakness, pain relief, post-operative orthopedic conditions and balance disorders. Inpatient treatment usually occurs directly on the patient care units, while outpatient care is provided in the Day Hospital.
Respiratory Therapy services are available at Riverview Health Centre seven days per week. Respiratory Therapists provide care to both patients and residents with various respiratory disorders. They are involved in the management of those residents on ventilators and all individuals requiring oxygen therapy. Respiratory Therapists use a variety of assessments, treatment techniques and procedures.
The role of social work is to enable patients, residents and their families to deal with the emotional, social and economic changes and losses associated with illness, hospitalization and institutionalization.
Social workers are assigned to all units within Riverview Health Centre. They can serve as liaison between patients, residents and their families and financial, housing, legal and community agencies. Social work provides consultation, education and supportive service to all members of the inter-disciplinary team.
Speech-language pathologists at Riverview Health Centre provide a full range of services for patients and residents with communication and/or swallowing problems. Causes of communication and swallowing problems include stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, head and neck cancers, and progressive neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Outpatients services are also provided to patients post discharge.
Education for patients, residents and families, as well as for Riverview staff, is an essential component of care.
Chaplains who have been educated in theology and spiritual care offer a caring presence to any patient or resident from any faith, or of no faith who is struggling emotionally or spiritually with transitions or end-of-life care.
Spiritual care services respects all people, their beliefs, religious practices and culture. The service is involved in building a welcoming and sustaining community for those who live in long-term care settings. Connections with faith groups that can support patients, residents and families are developed and supported. As well, the Worship Centre at Riverview is always open, welcoming those who wish to pray or meditate.
As an accredited site for Clinical Pastoral Education, Riverview Heath Centre educates caregivers in the art of spiritual and religious care. The nine-month Chaplain Residency, its most comprehensive education program, focuses on spiritual care competencies related to end-of-life, rehab and long-term care.
An optometrist holds a clinic at Riverview Health Centre regularly when there are sufficient numbers of patients and residents who have requested the services. The unit clerical partner knows when the next clinic is scheduled. Fees not covered by Manitoba Health and other insurance plans are the responsibility of the patient or resident and their families.