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October 16, 2017

Influenza vaccines: 2107–NOW AVAILABLE

The flu shots have arrived and are available to our high risk patients. If you are 65 years or older or have moderately severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or chronic respiratory disease you can now come in to the office and get your influenza vaccine for this year.

Please note: the shots are currently only available for patients who meet the above criteria. Vaccinations for all other patients will be arriving in the next couple of weeks and we will post here when they are available.

Our nurse, Betti, will be holding Flu Shot Clinics every Monday from 3:30 pm to 6;30 pm and Fridays from 9am to 12:00 pm on a walk-in basis. You can simply drop by the office without an appointment and receive your shot.

PLEASE: if you are 65 years old and over and receive a flu shot at any other location, let our office know so we can enter it in your chart. This is very important.

 

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August 31, 2017

Dr Fred Freedman’s practice changes….

Beginning the week of October 4, 2017, Dr Freedman will begin sharing his practice with Dr Helen Chuang. Helen is a recent graduate of the Family Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto and has been working as a general practitioner for the past year. Her academic background and personality will be a good fit with Fred’s current practice style.

Fred will be in the office seeing patents on Mondays and Thursdays while Helen will see patients on Wednesdays and Fridays. They will be coordinating the same roster of patients together and will have full access to each other’s notes, tests, consults and plans.

We trust this transition will be smooth and painless for our patients!

February 22, 2017

How to find a health App for your device

HEALTH APPs

 

We use our electronic devices for a variety of reasons, one of which can be to help manage our health. And luckily, there are several apps available that can be very beneficial. In order to help support our patients on utilizing apps that are most beneficial for them, the Ontario Telemedicine Network has created a resource that identifies and reviews apps that support patients manage their health.

 

PracticalApps.ca was launched in September 2016 in collaboration with the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV). The team reviews and rates commonly used health apps using the following six criteria – clinical validity, usability, privacy and security, accessibility, safety and reliability.

Below are a few common topics and apps reviewed:

 

Migranes: Migrane Buddy; iHeadache; Headache Diary Pro; HeadacheDiary (EchoHeadache) https://practicalapps.ca/2016/08/31/migraines/

 

Hypertension: Blood Pressure (My Heart); Blood pressure (SmartBP); iBP Blood Pressure; Blood Pressure Companion; Blood Pressure Monitor- Family Lite

https://practicalapps.ca/2016/11/04/hypertension/

 

Smoking Cessation: SmartQuit; SmokeFree; QuitNow!; Kwit; Quit Pro

https://practicalapps.ca/2016/12/07/smoking/

 

January 27, 2017

Periodic Health Exams (aka: Checkups)

 

We did an article a few months ago on Periodic Health Exams (see post from June 15, 2016), but many people ask around this time of the year about booking for their ‘Annual Physicals,’ so we want to provide you with some answers.

 

While it’s wonderful to hear patient’s wanting to keep up with their health, the College of Family Physicians of Canada state “physical examinations are an important part of fostering a relationship between a patient and their family physician, but an examination does not necessarily need to occur on an annual basis.1” They further state that “the clinical decision to perform a physical examination on a patient should be based on medical necessity.1

 

Information from Choosing Wisely Canada state “there have been many studies of the effects of annual checkups… [and] in general, they probably won’t help you stay well and live longer. And usually they don’t help you avoid hospital stays or keep you from dying of cancer or heart disease.2

 

Thus, for most healthy individuals, ‘annual physicals’ are no longer recommended; in fact, we’re not even calling them ‘annual physicals’ anymore, but are referred to as ‘periodic health exams,’ because that is what they are… i.e. ‘periodic’. The frequency of the periodic health exams are determined by your family doctor and you based on your health. You can discuss with your family doctor on the individualized plan for you.

 

You can view the pamphlet below from Choosing Wisely Canada on Health Check-ups:

http://www.choosingwiselycanada.org/materials/health-checkups-when-you-need-them-and-when-you-dont/

Additionally, here is a quick video on Periodic Health Exams:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJbLW9LR9MU

 

Reference:

  1. College of Family Physicians of Canada (2013). Annual physical examination by province/territory in Canada. Retrieved Jan 25, 2017 from http://www.cfpc.ca/uploadedFiles/Health_Policy/CFPC_Policy_Papers_and_Endorsements/CFPC_Policy_Papers/CFPC%20PT%20Annual%20Exam.pdf
  2. Choosing Wisely Canada (2014). Health checkups: When you need them—and when you don’t. Retrieved Jan 25, 2017 from http://www.choosingwiselycanada.org/materials/health-checkups-when-you-need-them-and-when-you-dont/
January 5, 2017

FLU SHOTS OVER AGE 65

We do not care where you have had your flu shot, whether our office or a pharmacy. But if you are 65 years or older, PLEASE let us know if you have had your flu shot elsewhere so we do not have to spend time trying to reach you to make sure you get a shot!

thanks

December 23, 2016

Seasonal Holiday Hours

These are our holiday hours:

Closed Dec 26 and 27.

Dec 28/29/30: 9 am to 7pm

Closed Jan 2

Jan 3/4/5/6: 9 am to 7 pm.

During these two weeks we will be short staffed and appreciate your patience.

December 13, 2016

Betti’s new hours

From Jan 1 until the end of March 2017, our nurse, Betti, will be working Wednesdays from 9 am until 5pm and Thursdays 11 am to 7pm.

She will resume her usual hours (Monday 11 to 7 and Wednesday 9 to 5) in April 2017

October 23, 2016

Flu Vaccines: 2016/17

The Ministry has now delivered the influenza vaccines to our office.

The current supply is ONLY for people 65 years or older and those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic lung disease and any disease or medication that may affect your immune system.

The shots are available from our nurse without appointment on a drop in basis  Wednesdays from 9 am to noon and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 7 pm.

We will post when the vaccine is available for everyone else.

 

PLEASE NOTE: if you are 65 yrs old or over you must inform our office if you have had the flu shot elsewhere so we can track it in your chart.

August 5, 2016

Staff changes: Good-bye Halima!

Well, after 8 years of excellent work at our office, Halima is leaving.

Her husband has taken a job out of town and they are both leaving Toronto.

We wish Halima well in her new life and are very grateful for having known her. Halima has been nothing short of a fantastic employee.

She is being replaced by Ashley who is in training as of today (Aug 5, 2016) and will take over all of Halima’s duties by the end of August.

July 25, 2016

Summer and Sunscreen

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The summer sun has been around for a little while now, and we all want to get as much of it while we can during these short summer months. Despite enjoying the easy-going days of the summer season, it is still important to be on high-alert for sun safety! This month we’re looking at how we can protect our largest organ – our skin – from the harmful rays of the sun.

Sunscreen is one of a multitude of ways we can (and must!) protect ourselves from the sun. Sunscreens consist of products that can be applied to the face and body to help protect the skin, consisting of creams, sprays, and lip balms. When applying, it is important to remember the tops of the feet, ears, and backs of the hands – easy places to forget!

Wearing a hat is important for the protection of the scalp, which can be a little more difficult to reach with sunscreen, and be sure to remember sunglasses to protect the eyes. Adults generally need about a shot glass worth of sunscreen to cover the whole body, and about a teaspoon for the face. And remember to reapply – water activities and sweating mean that more frequent application is necessary. Next time you’re at the clinic, take a peek at our education board to learn some helpful tips, or check out the Canadian Cancer Society’s website about sun protection: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/what-is-a-risk-factor/sun-and-uvr-exposure/sun-protection/?region=on

Micaela Hardy-Moffat, RN, Clinical Educatior