Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI), along with local primary health care providers, is reminding Kawartha Lakes citizens that support is available for their general and emergency health concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Lindsay’s Dr. Alan Konyer has come out of retirement to help local patients who do not have a family doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Konyer says he has such “tremendous respect and concern for my colleagues who are working hard to save lives.”
“I am too far removed from critical care medicine to do hospital work, but I wanted to volunteer to reduce the workload on my younger colleagues and offer care for people in my home community who do not yet have a local primary care provider,” he tells the Advocate.
Konyer, who was raised in Lindsay and practiced medicine here since 1982, retired on Jan. 1 this year.
Patients in need who do not already have a family doctor can call 705-340-2677 between 8.30 am – 4.30 pm to get an appointment.
All appointments will be by telephone. Patients who already have a family doctor should call their doctor’s office with any health concerns or dial 9-1-1 in the event of a health emergency.
This service is being supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.
The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) hosted the third annual Rural Medicine Community Experience Day recently. Forty-four University of Toronto medical students were in attendance.
The first-and-second year students participated in hands-on workshops in suturing and intubation and were actively involved in group discussions regarding rural mental health.
The family doctor shortage in Kawartha Lakes, and the rest of the country, might not be so bad today if the previous provincial Liberal government had done things differently in 2015.
In Ontario, after a medical student graduates, they don’t immediately start a practice. First, they must complete a residency where they train with established physicians for at least two years and up to four years depending on the discipline.
Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) announced that, in conjunction with Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH), City of Kawartha Lakes family doctors and the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) has been approved as a University of Toronto (UofT) Family Medicine Clerkship training site.
Training to become a doctor includes four years of medical school, prior to completing a specialty residency. The third and fourth years of medical school are known as ‘clerkship’. During these years, 5 to 6 weeks of training in many specialties, including family medicine, are completed by the students. In October 2019, KLHCI is slated to welcome the first two UofT medical students into CKL’s Family Medicine Clerkship training program.
Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) is pleased to welcome two new physicians to our team of Hospitalists. A Hospitalist is a doctor who looks after hospitalized inpatients who don’t have a family physician or whose physicians don’t have privileges in this Hospital.
Dr. Sadia Munawar and Dr. Nathan Shepard began working at RMH last fall. Before moving to Lindsay, Dr. Munawar was practising in Maine and Dr. Shepard was practising in Alabama. The physicians’ have family connections in Ontario, which prompted their interest in relocating from the United States.
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.
Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is announcing there is a new doctor in town. Dr. Mike Gogan will begin practice in Lindsay with Doctors Anderson, Hainer, Wilson and Ready, as of Oct. 1.
Dr. Gogan received his medical degree from Dalhousie University in 2014 and completed his Family Medicine Residency, also at Dalhousie University, in 2016. Dr. Gogan will be accepting new patients through Health Care Connect. If you are not currently registered with Health Care Connect contact them directly at 1-800-445-1822.