Acute and Episodic Care – Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Services

NFHT Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) provide both urgent and booked appointments for patients requiring primary care medical services. NPs and RNs work alongside the family physicians in each of our associated medical clinics. Depending on the nature of your concern, at the NFHT, when you call the medical clinic for an appointment, you may have the option to see a family physician, a nurse practitioner or a registered nurse.

Many patients will often comment that they appreciate seeing an NP  or RN because of the amount of time that they are able to offer them to address all of their health concerns. The NP or RN works with your family physician and documents care into the same electronic health record as your family physician so that your medical record is complete.

NFHT NPs and RNs help make it easier and faster to get the care you need. If patients are seen by a Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse where appropriate, the family physicians are then more available to see patients who have concerns or issues that are beyond the scope of practice of the nurse.

What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)? 

A Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class with advanced university education specializing in Primary Care. NPs working in a family health team work independently and in collaboration with family physicians and other members of the health care team, to serve a diverse population of patients.

On a typical day we manage a variety of health services and see many different types of patients, such as: a toddler with an acute medical concern such as a new rash or fever; a woman for cervical cancer screening (PAP test) or for an Intrauterine Device (IUD) insertion; a person who feels they may be depressed, an elderly gentleman who has had falls at home; or a person with diabetes who has been experiencing high blood sugars and may need a change in medication.

NPs can:

  • Diagnose illnesses and injuries;
  • Perform physical and routine check-ups;
  • Order and interpret certain diagnostic tests;
  • Provide counselling and education;
  • Provide treatment for common infections and chronic conditions;
  • Order procedures;
  • Refer patients to other health care professionals and specialists;
  • Prescribe medications;
  • Manage chronic diseases; and,
  • Order blood products and oxygen.

There are other responsibilities that NPs can perform such as treating, transferring and discharging patients from hospital, casting fractures and reducing dislocations; however, these services are not normally provided in a primary care setting such as a Family Health Team.

 

What is a Registered Nurse?

Registered Nurses work in both the medical clinics and with the interprofessional team as part of other programs. NFHT RNs perform services such as immunizations and injections, dressing/wound management, well baby assessments and lab test follow up. Registered Nurses are excellent sources of knowledge about health conditions, diseases, prevention and wellness and are available to spend time with patients to help them understand their disease or health concern, how to best manage it and where to access other services or resources.

 

What’s Happening in Your Community

Screening Precautions Underway Coronavirus

 

IF YOU HAVE A COUGH AND FEVER

    AND

IF YOU OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU HAS RECENTLY TRAVELLED TO CHINA

 

PLEASE ALERT THE CLINIC STAFF WHEN YOU CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT AND AVOID ANY UNSCHEDULED VISIT TO THE CLINIC.

 

For all interprofessional health provider appointments/groups/programs at the Northumberland Mall location:

If you are sick and may be infectious (new or worse cough or shortness of breath, fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea), please call us to reschedule your appointment.

 

THESE PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AND WILL ALLOW US TO CARE FOR YOU AND THE OTHER PEOPLE AT THE CLINIC.

 

As has been widely reported, a new coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan, China in late 2019, and there has been limited person-to-person transmission. The new strain of coronavirus is called Novel Coronavirus-Wuhan (nCov).

 

Ontario’s Ministry of Health has created a dedicated web page where you can learn more about this coronavirus and find daily updates (https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov).

 

The risk to Canadians remains low.

 

Northumberland Family Health Team is following

guidance from the Ministry of Health and taking precautions by asking all patients about symptoms and travel. Protocols are in place to appropriately isolate and test any patients requiring investigation.

 

MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN – MSW – Permanent Part-Time

 

NURSE PRACTITIONER – Temporary Full-Time

 

PROGRAM SUPPORT ASSISTANT – Permanent Full Time

 

Nurse Practitioner Rapid Access Clinic

For:  Patients of the NFHT who need an urgent appointment and are unable to get one at their doctor’s office.  This is an alternative to using a walk-in clinic.

To Book an Appointment, call: 289-252-2139.

  • You MUST have a family doctor with the Northumberland Family Health Team and a valid Ontario Health Card
  • Emergencies should still go to the hospital Emergency Department

Location:      Northumberland Family Health Team

Northumberland Mall – Lower Level

Hours:            Phone lines open at 8:00 am

Tuesdays:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Closed on Statutory Holidays

 

Media Release – New Northumberland Ontario Health Team to Provide Better Connected Care for Patients

Announcement_ OHT Northumberland

OHT-Northumberland Website

www.ohtnorthumberland.ca

Osteoarthritis Information Sessions

Come learn from our Physiotherapist how to continue enjoying life despite having Osteoarthritis.

OA Workshop

4th Monday of every month.

10:00 to 11:30 am

Saturday Pap Test Clinic

Saturday Pap Test Clinic For patients of the NFHT

February 29th 2020

NFHT Sat PAP Clinic February 29 2020

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

This is a group session that will offer information on a variety of smoking cessation options.

Ongoing sessions alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays

NFHT Smoking Cessation Workshop

Healthy Living Education Series

Come on out to learn about various Healthy Living Lifestyle topics on Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Healthy Living Workshop Series 2019

 

 

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