Sick Kids brings its telehealth service to
TORONTO – The Hospital for Sick Children has expanded its global reach
with the establishment of a telehealth site in Trinidad and Tobago.
The telehealth link between Sick Kids and the University of the West
Indies (UWI), launched this month, will use videoconferencing technology
to conduct real-time patient consultations between the two centres.
Healthcare paediatric professionals from Mount Hope Hospital in Trinidad
will use the UWI telehealth site to access specialists at Sick Kids for
the purposes of patient consultations, education and research in order
to strengthen paediatric healthcare services in Trinidad and Tobago.
The telehealth partnership is a joint collaboration between Sick Kids,
the Herbie Fund, the University of the West Indies, Mount Hope Hospital,
Atlantic LNG Company, and the Ministry of Health, Government of Trinidad
and Tobago. While ongoing funding will be provided by the Mont Hope
Hospital, the Herbie Fund has provided funding to purchase telehealth
equipment for the site in Trinidad, and Atlantic for Children, an
Atlantic LNG-sponsored program in Trinidad, is providing operational
funding for three years.
“Sick Kids has a long-standing relationship with Trinidad and Tobago’s
healthcare sector. Paediatric fellows and residents from the region have
trained at Sick Kids and have returned home to become healthcare
leaders,” said Cathy Seguin, vice-president, Child Health Services at
Sick Kids. “We continually strive to share in the exchange of clinical
and educational best practices with our colleagues abroad in order to
impact and strengthen paediatric care on an international scale.”
Sick Kids also provides specialized care for children from Trinidad
through the support of the Herbie Fund. To date, the fund has assisted
over 50 children from Trinidad to receive specialized surgical treatment
in areas of cardiology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and urology.
Through the telehealth link with Trinidad, Sick Kids will be able to
increase its humanitarian outreach to children. This will enable Sick
Kids to further support children requiring specialized surgical
treatment through the Herbie Fund, and ensure that they have the
appropriate post-operative and ongoing care available in their home
The Herbie Fund, established in 1979, is a charitable organization that
assists children from around the world to come to Sick Kids in order to
receive medical treatment that is not available in their home country.
Launched in 1996, the Telehealth Program at Sick Kids began as a
collaborative pilot project with Thunder Bay Regional Hospital and
Health Sciences North. In 1998, the program became a partner in the
Northern Ontario Remote Telecommunications Health (NORTH) Network. The
NORTH Network is now the largest telemedicine network in the country,
with more than 75 partner sites across northern and central Ontario.
Currently, Sick Kids’ Telehealth Program links to over 65 communities
from within the province of Ontario, across Canada and abroad.
Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago was formed in July 1995 to
develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the Caribbean. The
venture was created by one local company NGC – National Gas Company of
Trinidad and Tobago, with four international companies: BP, BG, Repsol
and Cabot. Cabot’s shareholding in Atlantic LNG has been acquired by
Suez (formerly Tractebel).Each of the five partner companies in Atlantic
LNG has expertise in activities associated with the production,
transportation, marketing and distribution of LNG.
The Hospital for Sick Children, affiliated with the University of
Toronto, is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest
centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. Its
mission is to provide the best in family-centred, compassionate care, to
lead in scientific and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next
generation of leaders in child health.