Through research and clinical innovation, the CVIS will lead in care programs for people living with chronic viral infections and will educate the next generation of care providers and researchers.
The Chronic Viral Illness Service (CVIS), located at the MUHC-Glen Site, is dedicated to providing patient-centered, multidisciplinary care to people living with chronic viral infections such as HIV and hepatitis C virus. It aims to advance care through practice-based research and to train health professionals.
About the CVIS
The CVIS clinic is set within the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine of the MUHC. Within the clinical area, there are not only patients of the CVIS but also patients being seen for vaccines, tropical medicine and general infectious diseases. As such, the clinic is busy; there are many patients daily and patients may feel comforted to know that patients with various needs and health problems are being managed.
Another positive attribute of care at the CVIS is the proximity of the service to diagnostic services (e.g., test center, radiology) and various medical specialties (e.g., respirology, gastroenterology, cardiology, etc.). This results in more coordinated care and ease of communication between various health professionals using the hospital’s electronic medical dossier OACIS.
The CVIS, as part of the MUHC, is also very active in the training of health professionals. Therefore, during your visit you may have an opportunity to interact with young trainees in various disciplines (e.g., pharmacy, psychology, social work, nursing, medicine). If you prefer to not have a trainee involved in your care, please inform reception.
The Chronic Viral Illness Service (CVIS) provides healthcare to adults living with:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Hepatitis C virus (HCV)
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Co-infections & multiple morbidities
It is also an active practice-based research centre and is involved in educating health professionals from various disciplines (e.g., medicine, nursing, pharmacy, etc.)
The clinic hours are 08h00-17h00 Monday to Friday. Patients requiring the services of the Day Hospital (for evaluation of new health problems such as those possibly related to HIV and HCV disease or related treatment), are recommended to contact the CVIS (514 843-2090) prior to presenting at the clinic. Patients will be able to speak to one of the CVIS nurses to help evaluate their problem and provide guidance regarding next steps.
The CVIS has a long history in the provision the care and support of patients and people affected by HIV infection. Today, as a centre of excellence in HIV and HCV care, we provide evidence-informed healthcare, undertake innovative research and contribute to training the next generation of health care providers.
The CVIS represents an amalgamation of two medical services, both with an important history in the fight against AIDS. Early in the HIV epidemic, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services established several Unité hospitalière de recherche, d’enseignement et de soins sur le sida (UHRESS) within Quebec. Two distinct clinical services were established at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC): the Immune Deficiency Treatment Centre (IDTC-Montreal General Hospital) and the Immunodeficiency Service (IDS-Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal Chest Institute). Under the leadership of Dr. Christos Tsoukas (IDTC) and Dr. Richard Lalonde (IDS) these highly specialized services excelled as the MUHC’s UHRESS. In 2013, under the leadership or Dr. Norbert (Nobby) Gilmore, the services were united to be called the CVIS, first housed at the Montreal Chest Hospital and now at the Royal Victoria Hospital Pavilion of the MUHC-Glen site.
Dr. Christos Tsoukas
Dr. Norbert Gilmore
Dr. Richard Lalonde
Services at the CVIS involve no additional personal expense for most patients. For a patient with health insurance coverage, there is never a cost to becoming a patient (i.e., to open a medical chart) or to have access to diagnostic services (e.g., medical supplies and related analyses) and related treatments (e.g., IV therapies). Patients should have valid coverage through:
- The Quebec health insurance program (RAMQ, “carte soleil”)
- Another provincial health insurance program (coverage is for the first 3 months of residence in Quebec)
- A private insurance provider (i.e., students, workers)
- The Federal Interim Health Program (e.g., refugees, asylum seekers)