Appointments at our center

Please call 02-584-5326 to make appointments, times may vary.
Visiting hours: Sunday & Thursday 8:00 - 16:00
Urgent cases - Tuesdays or during the week after prior coordination

Before You Arrive

Please remember

  • Prior authorization (Hitchayvut "Tofes 17") from your kupat cholim (HMO)
  • Any medical letters that provide information about any medical history and/or regular drugs being taken
  • Copies of any discharge letters, from prior hospitalizations
  • Test Results (ie. blood) if any
  • X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and any other imaging results, if relevant

Patients under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian

When You Arrive

 please remember our

Infection Control Policies
Cross infection between people with CF is a real and serious concern. It can be difficult to keep a safe distance at our clinic because of the relatively small space and the amount of people coming for their routine care.

We ask patients to please:

  • Wear Face Masks
    We require our patients to wear face masks
    for their own protection; and for the safety of our other patients, due to concerns over aquiring harmful bugs.
    Masks are located at the entrances to our clinic and next to the receptionist.\
  • Keep a minimal distance of 2 meters from other individuals with CF
  • Clean your hands with the alcohol-based cleaner dispensers located throughout the clinic

What we do to minimize the spread of bacteria in clinic:

  • We move patients into rooms as quickly as we can.
  • Hand sanitizers are placed throughout the clinic area.
  • We wipe down the surfaces in our offices with antiseptic wipes.
  • Healthcare providers wash their hands when entering and leaving the offices.

If you see someone not washing their hands or following any other policy, please point this out to us.

Some people you will meet during your appointment:

Head Nurse
Our head nurse will guide you through your clinic day; organizing the routine tests, the visits with the dietician, physiotherapist, and physician. She is responsible for coordinating all the various facets of the patients therapy regimen. Instructions for use of any and all machinery for the patient's care is also provided by the center's nurse (such as inhalation machines, monitoring equipment or enteral feeding pumps).

Dietician
Our dietician, assesses each patient and builds personally tailored menu planning strategies, while taking into consideration the patient's general health status, pulmonary function, pancreatic function and blood glucose levels. She gives detailed instruction to the patients and their families. Patient teaching is directed towards proper adherence to medication schedules, caloric enrichment and endogenous pancreatic enzyme supplements. The dietician also emphasizes nutritional enrichment with minerals such as Calcium and Iron, and the necessary addition of salt on extremely hot days or accompanying physical exertion.

Physiotherapists
The Center's physiotherapists supply instruction on a variety of subjects for the patient's, their families and any professional caregivers in the home. Their job includes:

  • Evaluating the patients
  • Providing advice on airways clearance techniques for improving lung aeration
  • Developing an individualized physiotherapy regimen & directing the physiotherapists who provide the home therapies
  • Encouraging the patients to keep up their daily chest physiotherapy in their daily life at home
  • Regularly modifying each person's physiotherapy program as age, needs and circumstances change.
  • Providing exercises for strengthening muscles in the chest, shoulders and back. These exercises are aimed towards easing and improving breathing and coughing as well as augmenting stability and improving body image.
  • Exercises to increase lung/heart resistance in order to minimize the body's oxygen demand.

Our physiotherapists are constantly updated on new and promising perspectives in pulmonary care.

Social Worker
Our social worker, provides support and guidance to newly diagnosed patients and their parents, as well as veteran patients. She helps them navigate through the maze of new medical requirements and getting all the appropriate authorizations, along with directing them towards any available social support.

Our Center has established and developed support groups that meet reularly and are manned by our Psychologist and Social Worker.

  • Support groups for Mothers
  • Support groups for siblings
  • Fun Activity Days for the families together with the staff.

Treatment & Frequency of Clinic Visits

When a patient is initially diagnosed they might be hospitalized for a short time to undergo a comprehensive evaluation and to prepare the family for their care once they are home.

Subsequent visits to the clinic vary from once a month to once every six months, according to the needs of the patient. Younger patients, or those in a fragile state, come into the clinic as dictated by their health needs, maybe even as often as once a week, if necessary. As their health improves, frequency of visits is adjusted accordingly.

As an average, we suggest clinic visits once every 1-2 months.

Routine Tests at our Center
At each clinic visit our patients undergo various different tests.

These tests include:

  • Measurement and recording of weight & height
  • Oxygen saturation
  •  Pulmonary Functions
  • Sputum culture
  • General blood tests are taken once every 3-6 months
  • Chest x-ray and stomach sonogram are performed routinely once a year