Community Care, Family Health Team keep Woodville Medical open

By Roderick Benns

Health care services continue to be available at the Woodville Medical Centre, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Community Care Health & Care Network and the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.

Following the departure of Dr. Muhammed Khan from his practice at the Woodville Medical Centre at the end of October, the two organizations have stepped up to meet the health care needs of Woodville residents through an interim arrangement until March 31, 2019.

Primary care professionals from the Community Care Community Health Centre (CHC), including family physician Dr. Jill Caines, nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as medical administration staff, are stepping up. The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team will provide additional support through a nurse practitioner one day a week. The clinic will operate five days a week, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

When efforts to find a replacement for Dr. Khan were not successful, the Woodville Medical Trust asked Community Care for assistance. Community Care Director of Clinical Services Margot Fitzpatrick says the organization moved quickly to expand service to Woodville.

“At the heart of the community health centre model of care is the ability of residents to receive health care where they live. It has been rewarding to work with our dedicated CHC health care team to keep the Medical Centre open to serve the residents of Woodville,” Fitzpatrick explained.

Mike Perry, executive director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team said, “I am delighted to join Community Care in finding a local solution for ongoing primary care in Woodville. I really want to commend Community Care for its leadership to help ensure care for patients in the Woodville area.”

“Health care takes local cooperation to provide care where people live, especially in our rural area,” adds Perry.

Although funding arrangements to support the services beyond March 31, 2019 have not yet been finalized, Barb Mildon, chief executive officer with Community Care stated, “Community Care is committed to continue working to find a permanent solution to enable continuing service delivery in Woodville.”

For further information about services at the Woodville Medical Centre (115 Nappadale St.), contact Margot Fitzpatrick, Director of Clinical Services, Community Care Health & Care Network. . Clients of the medical centre can contact staff at 705-439-2411.

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