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Patients being assessed for a liver transplant will be seen in the Ambulatory Transplant Centre. The liver transplant clinic brings together your tests and evaluations into one place. This reduces the number of visits you make to the hospital.
There are 4 steps for a Liver Transplant Assessment:
Step 1: Your hepatologist (liver doctor) will send us a referral form and package which includes test and diagnostic results.
Step 2: You may be scheduled for
two to four visits to the Liver Transplant Clinic. The liver transplant team will review all test results and interviews to determine if you will move forward with the liver evaluation.
The first visit will include tests and consultations with a transplant hepatologist. Additional visits will include seeing a anesthetist, social worker or psychiatry, and physician. A nurse coordinator guides you through this detailed evaluation process. Other visits will be arranged as needed with other healthcare professionals who are required to meet your needs.
Step 3: The liver transplant team will review all test results and interviews to determine if a transplant is right for you.
Step 4: Once approved, you'll be listed for a liver transplant.
When you go home from the hospital after your surgery, we will schedule your follow-up care in our Ambulatory Transplant Clinic.
Tests that you may be asked to complete with your clinic appointment:
Annual Surveillance Testing
Your first appointment can take 1 to 3 hours or more. After your visit, you will likely go to the Blood Collection Lab for blood tests, you may also need to have a chest x-ray or echocardiogram. Follow-up appointments usually take 1 hour.
Learn more about
what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.
Medical Director: Dr. Elmar Jaeckel
Administrative Team – Pre-Transplant
Administrative Team – Post-Transplant
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.