Letter from the Executive Director

How our Family Health Team Supports Your Health

 Dear Patient:

What is a Family Health Team? 

Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Family Health Teams are a newer approach to provincial health care and are designed to provide better access to family health care.  Over 200 Family Health Teams have been established in Ontario over the past eleven years.

A Family Health Team is a team based approach to primary care with family physicians and other health care professionals working together to provide comprehensive, accessible and coordinated family health care services to you – the patient.

Northumberland Family Health Team (NFHT)

The Northumberland Family Health Team consists of 20 family doctors who will work with a support and management team and 17 other health care professionals. These include: Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Dietitians, Social Workers, an Occupational Therapist, a Chiropodist, a Pharmacist, a Physiotherapist and a Footcare Nurse.

NFHT’s emphasis is on health promotion and improved management of chronic disease through treatment and monitoring as well as supporting patients in improving self-management skillsWe offer a number of workshops that patients can sign up for without a referral.

NFHT currently has twelve programs: Seniors Wellness, Healthy Lung, Healthy Heart, Healthy Living, Adult Mental Health, Smoking Cessation, Home Based Transition Care, Physiotherapy, Diabetes, Footcare, Pharmacy and Chronic Pain. We also offer Acute and Episodic Care Services. In each program, health care professionals with special training, skills and experience work with family doctors to provide care to patients.

What does the Northumberland Family Health Team mean to me – the patient?

As a patient you have access to many new no cost services and programs to help you meet your health care goals. You will continue to see your family doctor on a regular basis, however, other members of the NFHT may assist your physician in providing primary healthcare services.

Example:   You may have an appointment with your family doctor where you discuss your desire to quit smoking.  Your family doctor may then refer you to the NFHT “Smoking Cessation Program” where you will meet with one of the health care professionals at the NFHT main office.   The health care professional will then communicate all pertinent health information back to your family doctor.

Referral Process and Location of Services and Programs

You will visit your family doctor at their current office location.

If you are referred by your doctor to see one of the health care professionals your doctor will send a referral to the NFHT main office.  The Administrative staff at the NFHT main office will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Most health care professional visits will occur at the NFHT main office on the lower level of the Northumberland Mall. 

More Information

Our website is a good source of up to date information about the programs and workshops offered by NFHT . Please visit it regularly at www.nfht.ca. We can also be reached by phone at (289) 252-2139.

A Northumberland Family Health Team Information Bulletin Board will be located within your family doctor’s office. Please refer to the information board and to the website for NFHT news items and updates.

Learn More About Family Health Teams

We look forward to providing you with the best possible care.

Yours truly,

Laurel Savoy

Executive Director

Northumberland Family Health Team

MASKS HELP PROTECT YOU AND ME

To learn more about personal preventative measures against Covid 19, including where it is mandatory to wear a mask, please see the Ontario Health Team Northumberland’s press release here. 

 

If you have an in-person appointment with a health care provider at any of the NFHT offices, please wear your own mask (homemade or otherwise). Please ensure the mask covers both your nose and mouth. These infection control protocols are to protect our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

CALL FOR DONATED CLOTH MASKS
The OHTN is collecting donated cloth masks. For more information about the program and information on how to make a mask please click here.  New drop off locations:
BRIGHTON –Community Care Northumberland –46 Prince Edward Street (arrange drop-off –613-475-4190, brighton@commcare.ca)
CAMPBELLFORD –Community Living Campbellford–65 Bridge Street East (call in advance -705.653.1821, ext 203)
COBOURG -Northumberland Hills Hospital’s main entrance, 1000 DePalma Drive–between 8 AM and 8 PM daily
Need A Doctor?

For those with or without a family doctor, individuals in Northumberland can use the new website northumberlandcare.com to find the best way to reach a family doctor or nurse practitioner during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for the press release.Northumberland Care Press Release 2020-03-22

What’s Happening in Our Community

Seniors Moving Forward: The Northumberland YMCA has launched a program designed for seniors to promote healthy living and well-being.  To register for this free program contact Leslie Murray leslie.murray@nrt.ymca.ca or at 905-372-9247. For details click here.

 

Tick Talk – Ticks are now back. The confirmed number of ticks infected with Lyme disease has increased in Northumberland. If you find a tick attached to you, or a pet, remove it immediately. The risk of contracting Lyme disease increases after a tick has been attached  for 24 hours or is engorged. Speak to your healthcare provider if you need help removing a tick or if you subsequently have a bullseye rash or experience flu like symptoms. There is a treatment for Lyme disease. For a map of Lyme disease risk areas and more click here. 

 

Grocery shopping for seniors only and delivery service is available in Northumberland’s stores. Click here for a detailed list of hours.

 

Meals on Wheels – is accepting new clients and still delivering frozen meals. Call Community Care Northumberland 705-653-0932 or commcare.ca.

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

If you would like information about our smoking cessation program through STOP that offers free NRT, please call 289-252-2139 or email info@nfht.ca.

 

 

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