West Durham Family Health Team
The West Durham Family Health Team (WDFHT) was established in 2007 as part of the third wave of Family Health Teams announced by the Ontario Ministry of Health. The Team was incorporated as a non-profit organization in June 2007. Since that time, we have worked towards building a collaborative, multidisciplinary team to meet patients health care needs in the West Durham region. Our team, which became operational in April 2008, is dedicated to the delivery of care that is in the best interests of patients.
Since the inception of the West Durham Family Health Team, we have grown from one site with an initial group of three physicians to fourteen physicians in two sites. We are using state of the art information technology in order to give all our healthcare providers access to patient health information and test results. This capability helps facilitate our collaborative team approach to providing patient care and enables timely communication between our sites. The Electronic Medical Record provides a vital tool in disease prevention and chronic disease management initiatives.
Our team now comprises Registered Nurses, a Registered Practical Nurse, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, a Registered Dietician and a Pharmacist.
In addition to providing patient care, some members of the team are also regularly involved with training Family Practice Medical Residents, Medical students, student Nurse Practitioners, and Dietitian Intern Students within our clinic locations.
The WDFHT's integrated Model of Care emphasizes:
Health promotion and disease prevention
Patient education and self-management
Early detection and treatment of illness
Ongoing supervision and treatment of chronic diseases
Complete lifecycle health management from pregnancy planning to end of life care
The WDFHT's mission is to enhance the quality of a patient's health and well-being through accessible and comprehensive care integrated with community resources, providing the Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Place through a patient-centred care approach.