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URGENT CARE

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West Durham Family Health Team News & Events

Treatment Room Hours for:

Injections-examples:

  • Allergy Shots
  • B12 Shots

Repeat Wart Treatments
Blood Pressure Checks

Monday - Thursday      8:30am - 6:30 pm
Friday    9:00am - 11:30 am

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.


                                              

               The West Durham Family Health Team is happy to announce the addition of Dr. Michelle DeSa to the team. Dr. DeSa's office is located at our Glenanna site with Dr. Farber. Welcome Dr. DeSa!

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                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.
We are undergoing several pilot tests to better understand how to use email effectively.  At this time we are only requesting your email address to be able to send you general information/announcements or any receipts you might require.  We anticipate being able to use email as an effective and meaningful form of communication in the future.
Click on the link below to send us your email address. Please include your name and date of birth.  We need this to verify that you are a patient in our office.  Please do not try to email our office or your physician with any inquiries.  We are unable to respond at this time.

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               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.

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               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.
Please visit our Preventive Care page for other Preventive Care initiatives.

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!

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              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. 

 

Employment Opportunities.

Please visit our  Careers section for current job listings.

UPDATED: March 2014