Spotlight: Paediatric Endocrinology at Humber River Hospital
In October 2017, Humber River Hospital opened a new Paediatric Endocrinology clinic within its Paediatric Outpatient clinic to help treat patients with problems relating to hormones.
The clinic has been great for people in the community who now have a local clinic they can turn to. For Humber patients who require endocrine care, they can now be seen at the Hospital and have their records and test results all in one place as part of their Meditech chart.
Patients are treated by Dr. Erica Burry, Humber’s first and only paediatric endocrinologist.
“For families in Humber’s catchment area, Humber is their home hospital,” says Dr. Burry. “It’s nice that they can come to a place that is familiar for their endocrine care.”
Most of Dr. Burry’s patients are referred to her by their paediatricians or family doctors. She has also brought some of her patients, who live close to Humber, from Sick Kids Hospital where she completed her fellowship training.
“There is a lot of continuity in our field. It’s not uncommon to work with a patient for years throughout their childhood,” explains Dr. Burry. “I’ve gotten to know these families very well. I love watching the kids grow and building relationships with their parents.”
Dr. Burry often treats patients experiencing early or late puberty, problems relating to growth and physical development, abnormal thyroid function, menstruation disorders, problems of the pituitary gland, and similar concerns.
Working in the hospital means that Dr. Burry’s patients can have X-Rays and other tests done all under one roof, and that she can see their test results in one place in their Meditech chart. She can also review X-rays and test results in person with the families.
“Some of my patients are also followed in the Gastroenterology or Respirology clinics,” says Dr. Burry. “Having these subspecialty clinics in one building improves the coordination of care between specialists, which means better care for our patients.”