New Health Services Ready To Service Community Starting November 1, 2017
N E W S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2017
Innisfil, ON – Starting November 1, 2017, residents will be able to take advantage of some exciting new health services at Innisfil Town Hall (2101 Innisfil Beach Road) including:
- A new walk-in clinic that will be open to the public and operated by Barrie and Community Family Medicine Clinics (BCFMC) ;
- An Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) facility supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
“We are excited and frankly quite proud to be bringing a variety of world class medical services to our residents,” said Innisfil Mayor Wauchope. “This is such an important chapter for our Town Hall campus as it continues to grow and become a community space for families to enjoy.”
As opposed to being open during traditional business hours, the walk-in clinic will operate on afternoons, evenings and weekends to meet the needs of Innisfil’s residents.
“Our team of doctors look forward to providing these health services to Innisfil residents and playing an important role in the community,” said Carla Robertson, Executive Director of the BCFMC.
The OTN site is an important solution for residents, as it will help them connect with specialists and other services across the full continuum of health care that may normally be out of reach. “Bringing this telemedicine site to Innisfil will affect how residents receive their care and can eliminate barriers to access such as travel, childcare, caregiver stress, or time off work,” said Dr. Ed Brown, CEO of OTN. This service will be available to all members of the community.
Since these new health services will be available at Innisfil Town Hall, residents in and around the Innisfil area are encouraged to take advantage of the Innisfil Transit ridesharing service. Anyone using Innisfil Transit within the town’s boundaries enjoy the flat rate of $3 per trip, while passengers travelling in or out of town receive $5 off their trip (users are required to download the UBER app.) As an added bonus, trips to and from Innisfil Town Hall will be free for the first two weeks (November 1 to November 14, 2017.) These trips are proudly sponsored by UBER (users will need to use a special promo code that will be revealed at a later date.)
Hours of Operation (Walk-in clinic only. OTN services are scheduled during regular Town Hall hours).
|Monday||6pm - 10pm|
|Tuesday||6pm - 10pm|
|Wednesday||2pm - 10pm|
|Thursday||6pm - 10pm|
|Friday||6pm - 9pm|
|Saturday||9am - 3pm|
|Sunday||9am - 3pm|
These new health services will be offered until a new facility is built steps away from Innisfil Town Hall in the future. The proposed facility is expected to include a wide range of health and wellness services, including Family Physicians, Walk-in medical care, Laboratory, Radiology and Pharmacy services as well as access to leading edge OTN Services.
About the Barrie and Community Family Medicine Clinics (BCFMC)
The walk-in clinics were opened in 1987 by 30 local family physicians in order to alleviate pressures on RVH. Now a not-for-profit organization they are fortunate to have over 120 local family Physician members with 91 of these also operating full time family practices in the Barrie & Innisfil communities. BCFMC physicians are committed to providing extended hours of service to our communities and meet this commitment through the operation of the Barrie & Community Family Medicine Clinics – Walk-in Clinics. For up to date locations, hours of operation, wait times, and registration status please visit barriewalkinclinics.ca
About the Ontario Telemedicine Network
Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) is a not-for-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The objective is to provide patients with the care they need when and where they need it; at home, in their community or in hospital. OTN offers a variety of programs designed to enhance access to care, chronic disease management and specialists anywhere in Ontario utilizing secure video conferencing. The use of telemedicine has been shown to reduce wait times for specialists, reduce travel time and associated costs and improve efficiency for health care providers. Family physicians arrange for their patients to consult specialists at the OTN telemedicine facility. CMHA is funded through the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN to provide telemedicine support.