|West Durham Family Health Team News & Events|
Treatment Room Hours for:
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 6:30 pm
We ask that you respect our office environment by not bringing in food or drinks.
The West Durham Family Health Team is pleased to provide you with updates from both our team and community programs. Please check back regularly.
WE NEED YOUR EMAIL! The West Durham Family Health Team is currently exploring/studying the use of email communication between physicians and their patients. While the use of email has many advantages, we are mindful of potential concerns arising from issues of confidentiality, privacy, security, timeliness of response and clarity of communication.
Supplementary Drug Coverage: We are pleased to announce that the West Durham Family Health Team has partnered with innoviCares, Canada's largest free patient benefit plan, providing hundreds of Canadians with free supplementary drug coverage on nearly 100 original brand name medications and other medical products.
innoviCares bridges the cost difference between brand name medications and their generic alternatives, supporting greater access and choice for patients.
West Durham Family Health Team patients, and their families, can visit WDFHT.innovicares.ca to view a list of participating products and to register for a free innoviCares card. The card is immediately active and ready to use. The program is funded by participating pharmaceutical and device manufacturers and is offered at no additional cost to patients.
ATTENTION PARENTS: An important announcement from the ministry of health about Immunization Requirements for the next school year.
Get the Facts is a great link to answer specific concerns about vaccines. Want to read more? Here are some recently published newspaper articles.
UNINSURED SERVICES: We now offer an annual plan to make it more convenient to pay for these services. Please see our updated Uninsured Services page.
PATIENT PROGRAMS: The West Durham Family Health Team is offering a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy program for patients wanting to learn coping skills and strategies to deal with stress, anxiety and depression. Please visit the Patients Programs page for more information on this and other programs. Cost is covered by OHIP.
SMOKING CESSATION: Our health team, in partnership with the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ministry of Health, have developed a comprehensive smoking cessation program for our patients. This involves frequent screening of our patients for their smoking status, rapid access to specialized cessation counseling, free nicotine replacement products and extensive follow up and relapse prevention measures. This program has had an impressive success record in the other health teams which have employed it. Please bear with us as we implement this program as it may mean that you are asked more than once about your smoking status. We hope you understand that in order to reach as many smokers who want to quit as possible, we will have to ask about it frequently.
PREVENTIVE CARE AND ANNUAL PHYSICAL: Your health practitioners are committed to practicing evidence based medicine. What this means is that our priority in your health care is to offer the most up to date and scientifically based treatments available. In order to do this, we and other health teams continually examine the treatments we provide and the types of assessments and investigations we employ. This has sometimes led to changes in the way health care is provided, with more emphasis on disease prevention and chronic disease management. In many cases, the annual physical exam, or “check-up”, is not the most efficient or useful way to go about disease prevention and management. Instead, the current focus has been to individualize assessments and to do periodic health exams based on things like gender, age, and your specific health history. It has been shown that “targeting” the needs of an individual patient is more effective than doing the same standard physicals on every patient.
As we move forward, your health team will continue to evaluate how we are doing. To that end we welcome feedback and suggestions from our patients, and will make every effort to adapt accordingly. Our commitment is to offer you the highest level of health care possible, in the most pleasant and efficient way that we can. We hope you enjoy these exciting developments!
A great big Thank You! to the patients and staff. The West Durham Family Health Team donated 165 lbs of food and $1800 in cash for Simcoe Hall Settlement House and The Salvation Army. This is in addition to the donations we made to Simcoe Hall in the fall. A special thank you to the doctors. Your generosity is exceptional. Click here to see the winners of our raffle and here when the donations were delivered.
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 we celebrated our Grand Opening and were pleased to invite political and health care leaders in our community to celebrate with us. Please click on the link to view pictures from the event.
Please visit our Careers section for current job listings.
UPDATED: June 2014