The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) marked another milestone for the organization’s surgical services with the addition of a new orthopaedic surgeon to the team.
Dr. Chris Chant will open his practice on the third floor of the Strathroy site and will begin seeing patients April 1.
This means that residents of the region served by both Four Counties Health Services and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital will get expanded orthopaedic services.
The MHA will be adding additional surgical time at the Strathroy site, increasing the number of patients who will be served and will also be expanding the type of surgeries performed. This addition is expected to decrease wait times.
Chant’s focus will include: shoulder arthroscopy including rotator cuff, torn meniscus and ACL repair, hip and knee replacement, fractures and sports related surgery.
Dr. Chant joins a team of two other orthopaedic surgeons at the MHA including Dr. Catherine Blokker, and Dr. Vaishnav Rajgopal.
“It’s exciting to join the Middlesex Hospital Alliance and I’m looking forward to working directly with patients throughout the continuum of their care,” said Dr. Chris Chant.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Chant completed his residency at the University of Western Ontario and a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sport Medicine at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Centre.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Chant as a member of our medical team and round out our orthopaedic expertise,” said Nancy Maltby, Chief Operating Officer for the MHA. “Our community will definitely benefit from his surgical expertise.”
The Hospital will also continue to focus on trauma injuries in this expansion of services with additional support for on-call coverage for emergency cases.
Part of the MHA’s strategic plan includes developing orthopaedics as one of its ‘centres of achievement’ to help improve delivery and capacity of core services for residents.
“This is certainly great news for our community, with increased access to care, more patients will be able to receive orthopaedic surgery close to home,” added Maltby.