Allied Health Professionals
Who are these people?
As you have read in the media, Ontario does not have enough Family Physicians to look after the population of Ontario. Something had to be done.
The Ontario Government established in 2006 Family Health Teams. A Family Health Team is an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to co-ordinate the highest possible quality of care for you - the patient.
Designed to give doctors support from other complementary professionals, most Family Health Teams will consist of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who work collaboratively, each utilizing their experience and skills so that you receive the very best care, when you need it, as close to home as possible.
Family Health Teams are patient centred and you will have access to a number of primary health care services from a variety of team members, including your family doctor.
- Your family doctor will continue to see you during regular office hours.
- You will have access to other health care professionals within that Family Health Team, such as nurse practitioners, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and social workers.
- You will have access to a Family Health Team doctor during extended evening and weekend hours for urgent problems.
- If you see another doctor in your Family Health Team for treatment, your own doctor will receive documentation about the nature of your problem so that he or she will always be up-to date about your medical condition.
- If you need assistance after-hours, you will be able to telephone the Family Health Team Telephone Health Advisory Service where a registered nurse will provide advice about your urgent health care concerns.
- With your permission, your doctor will receive a written summary of your call the next day, so that your doctor is informed of the nature of the problem and the advice you received.
Family Health Teams will be able to take advantage of specially funded information technology to organize your health information and share it securely with other health professionals.
Our Family Health Team is organized to offer you timely access to high quality primary care. Research shows that this access results in you being healthier, longer.
Will I still get to see my doctor?
Yes, but depending on your problem when you contact us, you may be offered an appointment with another staff member assigned to your care team. Health Care Teams are made up of 1) Your Physician 2) Alternate Physician 3) Nurse Practitioner 4) Other Allied Health Professionals. Family Health Teams offer a group approach to health care where your doctor will be able to focus on your complex medical problems but you'll have access to different health care professionals according to your needs.
Because each Physician is managing the care of many patients, they may not always have appointments immediately available when you need to see them, but other professionals on the team do, and can resolve your problem expeditiously. Your physician will be consulted as required and always has access to your health care plan via your medical record.
What happens if my physician retires or goes on maternity leave?
Your access to a health care professional will continue uninterrupted. If your physician retires, we will find a replacement, or you will be transferred to one of the existing physicians. If your physician takes a leave of absence, a temporary replacement will be brought in. Your health care needs will continue to be managed by your Health Care Team.
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