Wellbeings Pain and Dependancy Clinic, Burlington
Status: Failed and in August withdrew from clinic inspection program, meaning it will not perform invasive procedures requiring anesthesia as it had wished. Remains open .
Deficiencies : Doctor and a lab tech did not have appropriate life-saving certifications, doctor was not cleaning equipment such as blood-pressure cuffs between patients, emergency cart was not properly set up to provide IV resuscitation drugs. Clinic president Peggi DeGroote said the clinic voluntarily went through the inspection because it wanted to offer a higher level of service.
The Hair Doctor Inc., Toronto
Status : Failed inspection in March
Deficiencies : Did not have a medical director or any physicians to do hair transplants. Owner Nick Samac said his former medical director left; he plans to hire a new one so that the clinic can once again offer hair transplants.
Hair Club for Men and Women, Willowdale
Status : Failed in August 2013; remains open but a receptionist said it is not doing hair transplants.
Deficiencies : Had no medical director. Calls placed to the U.S. head office of the company were not returned.
Health With Care, Highway 7, Markham
Status : Failed inspection in January 2013; no longer operating.
Deficiencies : No reasons given for failure. Recommended: appoint a medical director, provide proof the clinic had a rigid suction catheter and confirmation that staff had life-saving certification.
Castelli Endoscopy Clinic, Toronto
Status : Failed inspection in May 2012; closed.
Deficiencies : Falls below standard of care for endoscopies when a patient is given only an oral, anti-anxiety drug and not sedation, if requested. Asked for proof of purchase of monitoring and resuscitation drugs and equipment; proof that controlled substances are double-locked; copies of advanced life-saving certificates.
Fairview Laser Clinic Inc., Toronto
Status : Failed in March 2012; still open but not allowed to do procedures requiring anesthesia.
Deficiencies : Dr. Padma Jain was found guilty of professional misconduct by CPSO’s discipline committee, which found she failed to maintain the standard of practice in her treatment of 27 patients. Ravi Jain said his wife was ill and could not do an interview. He said the inspection didn’t find anything wrong with the clinic and his wife was disciplined only because of new rules requiring anyone doing cosmetic surgery to be a surgeon.
My Hair Transplant Centre, Mississauga
Status : Failed November 2013. Owner John Bacon said he hopes to return to hair transplants but is now doing non-surgical procedures such a providing hair pieces, weaves and extensions.
Deficiencies : No reasons given for failure. Recommended clinic purchase resuscitation drugs and monitoring equipment, such as suction and oxygen; provide proof that a nurse is registered in Ontario and has life-saving certification. The Star was unable to reach anyone at the clinic.
Bedford Park Medical Centre, Richmond Hill
Status : Failed Nov. 2011; closed.
Deficiencies : No reasons given for failure. Recommended staff have life-saving certification, that controlled substances (drugs) be handled and administered properly, and that written confirmation be provided that practitioners would wear gloves while giving pain injections.
Medical Clinic of Dr. Magdy Elkhashab, Toronto
Status : Colonoscopy clinic failed in September 2011; passed later inspection in December 2013.
Deficiencies : No reasons given for failure. Toronto Public Health investigated clinic over concerns about inadequate infection control, officials confirmed. CPSO recommended: provide proof of purchase of a new autoclave to disinfect equipment, and new resuscitation equipment, including crash cart, defibrillator. Calls to the clinic were not returned.
Dr. Wee-Lim Sim Medical Practice, Ottawa
Status : Abortion clinic failed inspection in July 2011. Sim still works as a gynecologist in Ottawa and Montreal.
Deficiencies : Did not meet minimum standards for providing some of the required anesthesia; did not have proper drugs and equipment for monitoring and resuscitation. Sim said he had provided abortions with no problems for years before the CPSO began regulating; he said he felt he was expected to have the same facilities as a hospital.
Dr. Christiane Farazli, Ottawa
Status : Colonoscopy clinic failed inspection in September 2011. Farazli has since signed an undertaking with the CPSO to stop practising medicine.
Deficiencies : Many reasons related to poor infection control. The Star was unable to reach Farazli.
Yorkville Cosmetic Surgery, Toronto
Status : Failed May 2011; closed.
Deficiencies : Doctor performing surgery lacked qualifications; operating nursesing staff did not have appropriate training. Numerous other shortcomings, including the clinic’s physical standards.
- Compiled by Theresa Boyle