Trauma and Neurosurgery

Trauma Services

Head Injury Clinic

Contact information:

  • Clinic location: Neurosurgery Clinic, 3rd floor of Donnelly Wing South
  • Clinic hours: Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Telephone number: 416-864-6060 ext. 6359 (to book or cancel appointments)

  • Office hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Telephone number: 416-864-5520 (for queries and concerns)

What we do:

  • To provide consultation and/or management and treatment for patients who have sustained mild and moderate traumatic brain injury
  • To ensure patients receive appropriate information and access to services
  • To collaborate with other providers across the system to best meet patients' needs
  • On the first clinic visit, patients may be provided with medical, cognitive and psycho-social assessments. In some cases, the goal of the assessment is to diagnose if the patient has indeed suffered a mild traumatic brain injury/concussion.
  • Depending on the patient situation, the initial assessment may be arranged by physiatrist, psychiatrist or neuro-ENT.
  • Referrals are made to both public and private services, tests and medical appointments are arranged at this time when appropriate.
  • Patients also have access to outpatient psychiatry services as required and appropriate.

Admission criteria:

  • The mandate of the clinic is to provide follow-up treatment and care to St. Michael’s Hospital’s patients who have suffered TBI. Patients are referred directly from the Trauma Neurosurgery Department and Emergency Department at St. Michael's Hospital.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Non-traumatic brain injuries
  • Injuries greater than 1 year old
  • To avoid duplication of services, inpatients of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Bridgepoint Health and West Park Healthcare Centers’ ABI Rehab Programs will be followed at the hospital where they received physiatrist treatment.
  • Work-related injuries are recommended to be followed up through the neurology assessment clinic at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute or Complex Injury Outpatient Rehabilitation Program.

Admission process:

  • Usually through the St. Michael’s Hospital Trauma and Neurosurgery Program or through the St. Michael’s Hospital Emergency Department

Discharge criteria:

  • When a patient has reached maximum recovery and/or has a treatment team in place and/or is back to pre-morbid activity levels whenever possible
  • At the discretion of the treating physician and Head Injury Clinic team

Funding:

  • Ministry of Health and Long–Term Care