Nine New Family Health Teams To Open In The Ottawa Region
McGuinty Government Provides Families Better Access To Care
Over 81,000 Ottawa-area residents will soon have better access to primary health care, with nine new family health teams opening their doors - including 18,000 people who previously did not have a family doctor.
One of these - the Family First Health Team in Orléans - will offer preventive health care, chronic disease management and mental health programs for close to 13,000 patients.
Family Health Teams are made up of doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians and other professionals working together to deliver patients seamless access to care.
Patients also benefit from:
- Extended evening and weekend hours, including after-hours advice over the phone by a registered nurse; and
- Medical records that are transferable between team members so that the patient's primary care provider will always have up-to-date medical information.
Five Ottawa-area family health teams are already open and accepting patients. All nine will open their doors by summer's end.
Having access to family health care helps keep pressure off hospital emergency rooms and most importantly, delivers peace of mind to Ontario families.
- Ontario's 200 Family Health Teams will provide primary care for more than three million people.
- 2900 more doctors are practising in Ontario than in 2003.
- 1.3 million more people across the province now have access to a family doctor today, compared to 2003.
“These new Family Health Teams - including the Family First Family Health Team in Orléans - mean the residents in the Ottawa region will have greater access to a family doctor and the other professionals within the Team. I'm proud to see quality care being delivered close to home, so that families make fewer trips to the emergency room, and experience a greater quality of life.”
“This latest Family Health Team brings the total number of FHTs serving the Orleans area to three. All told, the Family Health Teams have the capacity to serve over 42,000 patients which represents a major improvement in the community's access to front line health care.”
“As front-line health care providers, we are delighted to embark on the mission to deliver the community high quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered care through the new Family First Family Health Team. By coming together to form a Family Health Team, we are now able to provide care to more patients in a more integrated way.”