New Nurse Practitioner Clinics On The Way
McGuinty Government Expanding Access To Care For Patients, Families
Thousands more patients across Ontario will have access to family health care thanks to seven more new nurse practitioner-led clinics slated to open throughout the province.
The seven clinics will be located in: Belleville, Essex, French River, Glengarry South, Oro Station, Oshawa and Thunder Bay. These are in addition to the four clinics already announced for Barrie, Belle River, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay. In total, 25 nurse practitioner-led clinics will operate across the province by 2011/12.
Nurse practitioner-led clinics offer a team-based approach to frontline health care. Nurse practitioners are able to treat common illnesses and injuries, and order lab tests, X-rays and other diagnostic tests. They can also refer patients to specialists. They will work with doctors, nurses and other health care providers at the clinic.
Ontarians will be connected to nurse practitioner clinics through:
- Health Care Connect, a new program to help people find a family health care provider.
- Your Health Care Options, a new source that enables Ontarians to make informed decisions about where to go for minor illnesses or injury.
- Nurse practitioner-led clinics will work with public health units and other community-based health care providers to focus on services such as managing chronic disease, promoting health and preventing disease.
- Ontario's first nurse practitioner-led clinic opened in Sudbury in 2007 and provides family health care to about 2,000 patients.
“Investing in these clinics demonstrates a real commitment to our goal of improving access for Ontario's patients. More nurse practitioner-led clinics mean more access to quality health care closer to home for thousands of Ontarians.”
“Nurse Practitioner-led clinics are a resource that truly increases access to high quality primary health care for people in Ontario. The NPAO is pleased to see our government investing in additional clinics. Today's announcement is a positive step for patients and nurse practitioners throughout the province.”
“We are thrilled with today's announcement. The real winners are the people living in these seven communities as they will experience improved access to primary care.”