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Women’s health services offered in our ambulatory care facility, or outpatient clinics, include ante partum fetal testing and surveillance, prenatal and post partum care, gynecology, colposcopy, gynecology oncology, urogynecology and pediatrics.

All clinics are located on the main floor of the hospital (see hospital web site, Findings Us > Main Entrance). Registration is done upon entry to the clinic.

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Gynecology

Pap Test

A Pap test is a test that may find changes on your cervix. During a Pap test, cells are taken from your cervix, placed on a slide and sent to a lab for assessment. In most cases, the cells are normal.

 

Colposcopy

A colposcopy exam is a way of looking closely at the vulva, vagina and cervix. It is done when a Pap test has shown there may be some abnormal cells in these areas. The doctor looks with a colposcope, a machine which acts like a big magnifying glass. From this type of exam the doctor can decided if any treatment is necessary.

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To learn more about Pap tests and colposcopy, please visit www.TellEveryWoman.ca.

 

Human Papillomavirus

For information on the human papillomavirus, please visit the following web site:

 

Endometriosis

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Sexuality

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Menopause

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Visit to the Urogynecology Clinic

What is Urodynamic Testing?

Urodynamic testing is a way to check how your bladder holds urine and is emptying.  A small, thin tube is put into your bladder and vagina and then connected to a computer.  Water is slowly put into your bladder by the tube. You will be asked to cough at some point during the test. The nurse will explain each step as it is done; it should only take about 5 minutes. Some times after this test, a cystoscopy test may be done.

 

What is a cystoscopy test?

The doctor will place a telescope-like tube or cystoscope into your bladder. He/she will then look through the cystoscope to see if your bladder looks healthy. This will only take a few minutes. 

 

How to get ready for these tests?

  1. If possible come with a full bladder; if you need to empty your bladder do not worry, we can still do the test.
  2. If you take medications, take them as usual.
  3. If you have been told to take antibiotics before dental visits because of a heart defect, artificial valves, or artificial joints, please contact us before your appointment.
  4. If you are menstruating, the test can still be done. Please do not wear a tampon as it will need to be removed.

 

Will the test be painful?

You may feel a pinch or scratch when the tube or cystoscope is placed in your bladder.  A freezing gel is used to reduce the discomfort.  The nurse will explain all the steps during the testing. You may feel some discomfort when you pass urine for the next 24 hours.

 

What risks are involved with the testing?

There is a small risk of bladder infection.  Drink extra fluids for the rest of the day. Taking cranberry capsules is also a good choice as it helps keep bacteria from growing inside the bladder.

 

After the test call your doctor if you have:

  1. Difficulty passing urine
  2. Burning when passing urine for 48 hours (2 days) after the test
  3. Chills or fever over 38.5º C or 101º F by mouth

If you are unable to contact your doctor, go to the nearest walk-in clinic or Urgent Care. If you have questions or concerns about having this test, please call 204-237-2713 and ask to speak with the Urogynecology Nurse.

 

Pediatrics

This primary and subspecialty care unit provides services to infants and children ages newborn to 17 years. Our unit sees 10,000 visits per year. Presently we have four Pediatricians and one Nurse Practitioner who work in various capacities of full and part time coverage. Our subspecialty areas include Orthopedics, General Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat, and Child Development.

Closely connected to our services are those of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Speech Language and Asthma Education. Our goal is to have patients and their families participate in a “one stop shop” experience where children are seen by multiple providers at one appointment. For many families with compromised children, this approach allows parents to limit their time off work and also keep the child’s school absence to a minimum.

ACF Pediatrics is staffed by dedicated nurses with expertise in pediatric conditions and procedures. We have a large play area for patients to wait for their appointments. Four afternoons per week this area is staffed by therapeutic clowns funded by the St Boniface Hospital Research Foundation. Sonny Soleil, Super Dot and Mary Nightingale are welcome sights for the children and parents. Blowing bubbles, playing instruments, and making hot dogs at our “barbeque” are just some of the activities the children look forward to at their appointment.

 

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