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Clozapine Group

The Clozapine Group provided follow-up monitoring for patients who have been prescribed clozapine.

Facilitators: Psychiatric Day and Evening Program Staff

Objectives of the Group

  • To provide the opportunity for patients taking clozapine to express any concerns that may occur due to clozapine therapy.
  • To provide the opportunity for staff to assess the mental and physical status of patients taking clozapine.
  • If patients are unable to attend the group, arrangements can made for follow-up every one, two or four weeks.

Criteria for Admission

  • Patient registered with Novartis and has a CSAN number
  • Patient prescribed clozapine by psychiatrist or family physician
  • Patient is an outpatient
  • Patient is able to manage in the community with support

Frequency of Documentation

  • Every visit on clozapine checklist

Location of Group

  • Stratford General Hospital - Special Services Building - Room 108

Group Schedule / Format

  • Once weekly, every Wednesday.
  • Lab draws blood samples, clozapine is dispensed by Stratford General Hospital Pharmacy and dispensed to patients.
  • Group time to discuss issues or concerns, allows for social time for group members

Referral Process

  • From Inpatient Mental Health Unit after being started on clozapine
  • Psychiatrist or family physician referral
  • Through central intake assessment

Cost

  • No cost