|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.
Office Closure Alert: The office will be closed early on Friday, December 13, 2013 @12 noon. The After Hours Clinic will be available regular hours Saturday December 14 from 9:00-12:00. Please see our After Hours Clinic Page for more information.
It's The Season for Giving! We are still collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for Simcoe Hall Settlement House Food Bank. We will continue to accept donations up to the week before Christmas. The need is always great, especially this time of the year. Please give generously. See our flyer for more info.
We are also holding a raffle in support of the Salvation Army (kids baskets). Please buy your tickets at reception. More information can be found here. We thank you for your generosity.
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!
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: NOVEMBER 2013