The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic is a stand alone clinic within St. Paul's Hospital that is staffed by respirologists from the Pacific Lung Health Centre. Patients graduate to this clinic from the BC Children's Hospital Cystic Fibrosis program when they turn 18.
The clinic is multi-disciplinary in nature. These include the following:
Makes all CF medical decisions, prescribes medications and leads the team. He/she often diagnoses cystic fibrosis and admits patients to hospital when necessary. Many Clinic Directors are also CF researchers.
Knows each patient's medical issues, is called when problems arise and can provide help or referral to another team member. The Clinic Coordinator also sees patients and families during a clinic and when they're in hospital.
Teaches specific exercises and other treatments to ensure the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis are as healthy and free of mucus and bacteria as possible. Physiotherapy methods include breathing exercises, clapping the chest, and the use of vibrating machines to help clear airways.
Makes sure patients are eating the right foods to gain and maintain weight. Food and good nutrition are vital for people with CF. The dietitian also teaches people about the use of enzymes and when to take them.
Helps people with CF and their families cope with the disease. He/she assists the search for community resources such as financial assistance, tax credits and education. The social worker can provide support with emotional problems or refer people to a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Conducts lung function tests.
Psychologist and/or psychiatrist (doctors)
Treats mental health issues.
Books appointments for tests and clinic visits.
For more information please call the phone number below to talk to the nurse coordinator.
- Clinic Phone Number: (604) 806-8522
- Clinic Director, Dr. P. Wilcox Respirologist
- Clinic Nurse Coordinator, Cathy Mac Donell MsN