Frequently Asked Questions

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care defines a Family Health Team as “…an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to co-ordinate the highest possible quality of care to you – the patient.” Family Health Teams provide care that is more accessible, coordinated, and comprehensive. They will give patients the opportunity to be more involved in making decisions about their own health.

You can find out more information about Family Health Teams on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website click here.

The Northumberland Family Health Team (NFHT) is located on the lower level of the Northumberland Mall in Cobourg. For the location of family doctor offices, please refer to Location and Hours of Operation.

Please note that NFHT only offers service by appointment. When you enroll with NFHT, you have access to primary health care treatment or advice.

The NFHT programs are only available to patients who are enrolled with our doctors. Our workshops are generally open to the community with some exceptions.

For a list of participating family doctors, please click here.

For a list of our healthcare professionals, please click here.

NFHT also offers a series of workshops on a quarterly basis.

For programs and services click here.

For workshops and events click here.

You must be referred by one of our doctors to most programs. Many of our workshops are open to the community and you can enroll directly.

There is no cost to you for any of the services. All the programs and services offered by the NFHT are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

We do not keep a waiting list for people looking for a family doctor.

Health Care Connect is a program that helps you find a doctor if you don’t have one. It is run by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. You can also use the program to change family health care providers, but only after you drop off your current family health care provider’s patient list. Once you register with Health Care Connect, a Care Connector will search for a doctor in our community that is accepting new patients. About 80% of people who join the program find a family healthcare provider this way.

You can reach Health Care Connect at 1-800-445-1822 or visit Healthcareconnect.

Our family doctors will notify Health Care Connect directly when they are rostering new patients.