Profile: Dr. Abheha Satkunaratnam
NYGH's new Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
Dr. Abheha Satkunaratnam
The desire to help people has always been a passion for Dr. Abheha Satkunaratnam.  It's what laid the groundwork for his career in medicine and what guides him to volunteer his time teaching West African drumming to youth at a community centre. 

" A big reason why I decided to come to North York General Hospital was because I know that comprehensive women's health is a big priority here," he says.  "We have one of the largest obstetrical units in the city, a great neonatal intensive care unit and a very well regarded group of health care providers in obstetrical care and surgical gynaecology."
Pneumonia warning signs and symptoms 

Know the more severe symptoms of pneumonia  to help determine when you should seek medical attention.
Pneumonia is an infection that can pose a serious health risk to older adults, children and anyone with a compromised immune system. It's trickier for the average person to identify because it shares some of the same symptoms as the common cold and the flu.

Respirologist Dr. Adam Hutchinson-Jaffe says it's important to keep an eye on symptoms to help determine when you should seek medical attention.

Time is brain: What you should know about strokes

Call 911 if you think you are having a stoke.
The phrase "time is brain" refers to the short window of time physicians can treat the brain after a stroke. The sooner treatment can begin, the better the outcome. "Time is brain, and therefore patients must seek medical care at the first sign of a stroke," says Dr. Daniel Wong, Division Head of Neurology. 

Tips on visiting a patient

NYGH has launched a Family Presence Policy enhancing the ability of defined family members to have improved patient access.
We only have the best intentions when visiting someone in the hospital. We think about cheering them up, keeping them company and how our visit might comfort them.

However, there are some behaviours and gifts we should avoid when visiting a hospital patient to make it a pleasant and safe experience for everyone.

Partnering with palliative care patient and family advisors

Patient and family advisors are integrated into the daily activities of the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care.
The Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada for delivering high quality care to patients and families. Since 2012, patient and family advisors have been integrated into the program's day-to-day operations in a meaningful way. 


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