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April 18, 2013

Visiting specialist back in her old office at RVH

A casual conversation at a Calabogie event between a Renfrew Victoria Hospital nurse, a physician, and a Gatineau-based women’s health specialist has brought her expertise back to our community.

Gynecologist Dr. Nathalie Gamache has returned to RVH after a nearly three-year hiatus.

“We are really pleased to welcome Dr. Gamache back to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital. Dr. Gamache has provided wonderful service to women in our catchment area over the years and we are delighted that she is back and providing those enhanced services in our hospital. This is really about services closer to home and it’s great that RVH is in a position to allow this to occur,” says Randy Penney, President and CEO, Renfrew Victoria Hospital.

Dr. Gamache is accepting consults for women suffering from peri- and menopausal symptoms, PMS, contraception, infertility, PCOS, pelvic pain, endometriosis, menorrhagia, fibroids and polyps, ovarian cysts, cervical dysplasia, incontinence and prolapse, sexual concerns, dyspareunia, and persistent vaginal infections.

She will be in Renfrew twice a month providing patient consultations during her clinic hours and performing minor day surgeries in the Operating Room.

Her surgical practice will cover minor procedures such as diagnostic hysteroscopy and laparoscopy, resection of fibroids and polyps, endometrial ablation, tubal ligation, difficult to insert/remove IUDs, cone biopsy, rectocoele repair, ovarian cystectomy, and ablation of endometriosis.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Gamache to the Operating Room team,” says Rhonda Normandeau, Clinical Nurse Manager of the OR at RVH. “The service she provides will be a tremendous asset for the female residents in our community. Having had the opportunity to work with Dr. Gamache in the past, she always brings a positive and energetic personality, whether interacting with patients or staff.”

In June 2010, Dr. Gamache made a tough decision to leave the RVH Women’s Wellness Clinic where she had worked as a specialist for five years. “Life had gotten too busy for me—I was working in three cities and two different provinces; something had to give.”

At the time she had a busy practice at the Riverside Health Centre in Ottawa and had started her own clinic in Gatineau. When she bumped into Dr. Max Buxton last summer, he asked if she would consider coming back to Renfrew.

“I said, yes, I would definitely consider it, I have always loved it here and really didn’t want to leave in the first place,” says Dr. Gamache. Her own clinic had become a full-time venture and she had recently resigned from the Riverside Hospital where she spent 11 years training and eight years at her practice, and could manage the RVH clinic once again.

“It’s important to be as accommodating as possible,” she says, and has been surprised at the volume of patients requiring this service since she returned in January.

“This is a great service, and her schedule is filling up really quickly,” notes Kim Dick, Nurse Manager of RVH Ambulatory Care Clinics.

“Her willingness to service the population in our community and work with our team is excellent. She also provided a recent education session to our staff that was well received. Her time spent servicing the patients and improving the knowledge of our nursing staff is greatly appreciated,” comments RVH Vice President of Patient Care Services, Christene Ferguson.

Dr. Gamache will be presenting a session on perimenopause to health care professionals at RVH on April 18. She’s also planning to restart talks in the community on important women’s health issues—events she had offered in the past. She recalls one evening when more than 70 women attended her presentation on menopause in the cafeteria.“I’m really looking forward to presenting to the community and holding workshops for nurses and physicians from all around the area again,” she adds.

Women with gynecological problems must be referred by a physician or nurse practitioner by contacting RVH at 613 432-4851.

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