According to the Public Health Agency of Canada there are 324 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada of which 145 are in Ontario. 1 person has died.
PHAC considers the public health risk associated with with COVID-19 to be low for the general population, but there is an increased risk of more sever outcomes for Canadian who:
-are aged 65 and over
-have compromised immune systems
-have underlying medical conditions
The goal at the moment is to contain the virus and to do that WE NEED YOUR HELP.
To protect other patients, our staff, and our doctors, we ask that you please CALL first and we will provide direction from there.
Due to the inability to screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry into the clinic, the Saturday Walk In Clinics are cancelled until further notice.
Self Assessment Tool – https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-self-assessment
ALERTS – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updated March 16, 2019
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is actively monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and is in close contact with the World Health Organization and provinces to assess the situation and any potential risk to Canadians. At this time PHAC has assessed the risk as low for Canada and for Canadian travellers.
As with other viruses of this nature, transmission is thought to occur via respiratory droplets.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
If you are experiencing a cough, fever and or shortness of breath and have recently travelled internationally or within Canada at a site where there has been community spread, PHAC asks that you monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada.
If you have these symptoms, please call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 or Leeds Grenville, Lanark Public Health 613-345-5685.
DO NOT come to the office.
However, as a reminder, Public Health always recommends everyday steps to help prevent the spread of germs and viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS WITH RED AND WHITE HEALTH CARDS
Now is the time to apply for a photo health card!
If you still use a red and white health card, it’s time to easily replace it with the more secure photo health card.
Doing so will help protect Ontario’s health care system against potential fraud. As of July 1, 2020, red and white health cards will no longer be accepted as proof of Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage for insured health services.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Bring the right documents. Bring your red and white health card and three separate documents – one from each of the following categories:
- proof of Canadian citizenship or OHIP-eligible immigration status, such as a Canadian passport, Canadian birth certificate or permanent resident document
- proof of residency in Ontario, such as a driver’s licence
- proof of identity, such as a credit card or utility bill
- Download, print and complete a Health Card Re-Registration Form
- bring this to a Service Ontario centre
- Visit a Service Ontario centre near you
- you can book an appointment at some Service Ontario centres
If you have a valid address on file, you will receive a letter in the mail asking you to switch to a photo health card. If you get a letter, please follow the instructions in it. All red and white card holders must make the switch before July 1, 2020.
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Please take note of some important changes:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, PHONES WILL BE ANSWERED
FROM 8:30AM TO 12 NOON AND FROM 1PM TO 4PM
Patients walking in to book appointments prior to 8:30 am, will be asked to wait until 8:30 to ensure fair access to all patients.
Did you know we offer a Patient Portal?
The Health Myself Portal provides a secure and convenient way for patients and providers to engage online. Ability to book appointments on line and send and receive messages in a controlled environment. Speak with your doctor or one of our staff today to sign up! Additional information can be found at healthmyself.ca
We will be expanding the availability to book on line appointments, so please be sure to sign up if you have not already become enrolled!
Do you need a refill of any of your medications?
Please ask your Doctor during your visit!
Our physicians strongly believe it is important to be seen in person to review the effectiveness of your medication, evaluate the dose and assess for side effects.
It is your responsibility to schedule an appointment prior to running out of medications.
- Make a follow up appointment before you leave the office today.
- If you did not book a follow up appointment, make sure you call to make an appointment 3-4 weeks prior to running out of your medication.
- Bring your current medications or a list from your pharmacy to each appointment.
- Check with your pharmacist before your appointment to determine if you will need renewals.
Thank you for your support as we strive to provide excellent care to you, our patient.