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.

 

Need A COVID-19 Test? Or a Doctor?

Local COVID-19 Testing Centres Go To Appointment Only

For information about how to get a test at the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre or at the Trent Hills COVID-19 Testing Centre, and to find about more about local testing coordination efforts,  please click here to read the latest news release from the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland.

 

How to reach 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

Groups & Webinars

For our easy-to-use Zoom guide for groups click here.

 

CBT INSOMNIA – How to Improve Your sleep
Kathy Beale, BSW, MSW, RSW NFHT Social Worker/Mental Health Clinician will present this free Zoom webinar series, four sessions starting Nov 4 at 1:30pm. For details and to register, please email kbeale@nfht.ca.

 

Mindfulness: Self-Compassion for Difficult Times

Ester Odermatt, RSW, MSW, Mental Health Clinician will lead this free Zoom webinar on Nov 11 at 1:30pm. To register please click here.

 

UNMASKING THE TRUTH: how to properly reuse, store and wash your cloth mask
NFHT’s Brooke Mitchell, D.Ch and Tanis Twiddy, NP created this webinar. For a copy of the presentation including video links, please click here. Click here for a highlight poster of Fast facts for masks.

What’s Happening in Our Community

Community Health Centres of Northumberland – click this for community Program Flyer Fall 2020 or for details see https://chcnorthumberland.ca/

 

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.

 

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

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
Career Opportunites at NFHT
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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