KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team gave the public an update on the “health” of the organization at their Annual General Meeting in Bobcaygeon on Tuesday night. “The state of our family health team is excellent”, reported Dr. Steve Oldridge, President of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.
In addition to doctors in Bobcaygeon, the team provides a “health hub” with its pharmacist, foot care specialist, dietitian, and mental health counsellors coming from Lindsay to see patients on site who live in the Fenelon-Bobcaygeon-Omemee corridor. “Providing care where people live” is one of our mottos adds Dr. Oldridge. That the family health team recently started a medically-supervised walking program for residents of Coboconk and Norland was also noted at the meeting.
The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team’s 27 family doctors and 35 health care professionals help provide comprehensive family health care to more than 36,000 patients at 11 locations across the area. The team’s nurse practitioners, family health registered nurses, pharmacist, psychologist, dietitian, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist and clinic social workers work with local family doctors to provide the highest-quality, multi-disciplinary care.
Now in its seventh year of operation, the team is pleased with its results. “I can’t believe it’s been seven years already!” declares Executive Director Mike Perry. “I am very proud of our team and its impact locally. We have been taking new patients, designing new health programs to help local patients, and working extra hours all to promote the health of patients and our community here in Kawartha Lakes.”
At the meeting, local accounting firm Collins Barrow gave the team a “clean” bill of health again this year. The family health team is governed by doctors from the local communities who were (re)elected Tuesday evening to serve on its Board of Directors: Dr. Peter Anderson; Dr. Jacqueline Choi; ; Dr. Steve Hainer (Treasurer); Dr. Laura Millson; Dr. Steve Oldridge (President); and Dr. Eric Ready (Board Chair). Mr. Perry also serves as a non-voting member and Secretary to the Board.
It was also reported at Tuesday’s annual general meeting that the family health team had more than 36,000 patient visits last year; conducted more than 425 house calls; and saw almost 1,000 patients who then did not need to go to the emergency department as a result of their visit. The team is exceeding both regional and provincial performance for patient enrolment, appointment wait times and number of home visits. In addition, the team offers a variety of group programs responding to patient need. The programs include breastfeeding support, healthy eating education, and help combatting insomnia. Challenges identified include maximizing information technology and “doing less with more” as the team and patient needs grow without increased funding from the Ministry. The team collaborated with many other health care organizations in the City of Kawartha Lakes – including the Ross Memorial Hospital – to enhance patient care and produce cost efficiencies.
The health team’s family doctors are currently taking new patients in Lindsay, Little Britain and Fenelon Falls. To register, contact Health Care Connect (1-800-445-1822) and for assistance, if needed locally, call Allyssa at 705.935. Ext. 243.