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More Children's Hospital outpatient clinics to move in April

Outpatient clinics at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo are continuing their march to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

On April 3, the second batch of the hospital's outpatient clinics will open for patients at the Oishei Children's Outpatient Center in the Conventus medical and research building at 1001 Main St.

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The relocation of an additional eight clinics is part of the larger hospital move to the Medical Campus to the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. The new hospital building is under construction on Ellicott Street and is scheduled to open in November.

The latest set of clinics to move to the Conventus building include pulmonary, UB/MD Pediatrics, allergy/immunology, endocrinology/diabetes, gastroenterology, genetics, infectious diseases and nephrology. UB/Md Pediatrics will be located on the fourth floor.

A campus family pharmacy also will open with the clinics in Conventus, providing a pharmaceutical services at the existing Children's Hospital on Bryant Street and also on the Medical Campus.

"The first phase of the move went very well. Our communication to patients and their families was very successful, and the reaction to the new space has been overwhelming," said Michael Hughes, spokesman for Kaleida Health, which operates Women's & Children's Hospital. "Phase 2 is right around the corner. And we are making sure that any lessons learned are put into action. That includes better exterior signage, wayfinding, and parking options."

Parking is available underneath the Conventus building in a garage on High Street, where valet parking also is an option. Street parking is limited, particularly with ongoing construction on Medical Campus. A parking garage also is available at Michigan Avenue and High streets.

The first set of outpatient clinics opened in January. The final 20 clinics will move in October, before the Emergency Department and inpatient services open in the Oishei Children's Hospital in November.

The hospital has set up a website, ChildrensIsMoving.com, to answer questions about the move.

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