It’s Official- Our Community Services are open for business!

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As announced in May 2018, the Burlington Family Health Team was provided with funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to establish a Mental Health program and a Muscular Skeletal Rehabilitative program.  I am very happy to announce that both of these services are now taking referrals from Primary Care Physicians practicing in Burlington, Ontario.

The Burlington Community Access to Psychological Therapy (B-CAPT) team provides a variety of programs to support individuals who are experiencing mild depression and/or anxiety.  For more information, please click here.

The Burlington Community Access to Rehabilitative Services (B-CARS) offers exercise and educational programs to individuals with chronic pain conditions through group based pain management programming.  For more information, please click here.

We are pleased to be able to offer access to these programs to Burlington Primary Care Physicians and their patients.  Our team looks forward to providing our services and support to the community.

If you are interested in our programs, please speak to your family physician to request a referral.

A letter from Dr. Bursey & Dr. Davis

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Sept 25th, 2018

To Our Wonderful Patients,

It is with heavy hearts and mixed emotions we share with you that Dr. Bursey will be moving to British Columbia in December 2018. Her last day as your family physician will be December 4th 2018. This was a very difficult decision for her, but is grounded in making a move that is in the best interest for her family.

Dr. Bursey wants you all to know that it has been an absolute privilege, pleasure and honor to be your family physician over the last several years. She feels so fortunate to have been able to get to know each one of you and your families.  While she is leaving heartbroken, she is comforted by knowing we have found an amazing replacement to continue your care in her absence.

We have worked very hard to find a replacement physician and specifically recruited someone exceptional who we truly believe and trust will continue to provide you all with outstanding care.

We would like to introduce to you by letter Dr Leslie Hanson. Originally from Oakville, Leslie is a recent McMaster graduate who has a special interest in women’s health and obstetrics. She will continue to provide comprehensive family medicine care to you and your families and will be obtaining privileges at Joseph Brant Hospital to continue providing both hospital and obstetrical care to our patients.

Dr. Davis and Dr. Hanson will continue to work as a team to provide you with ongoing care. In July 2019 Dr. Davis may be transitioning to an academic role at McMaster University at which time Dr. Hanson will take over our entire practice full time. Once the details of this transition become more concrete we will communicate this with you in a follow up letter.

Rest assured there will be no interruption in your care and you can continue to access our office and book an appointment by calling 905-333-8222.

If you have moved or found a new family physician you may request a copy of your medical chart to be transferred to your new physician at any time by contacting our office at 905-333-8222.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bursey

Dr. Davis

Dr. Hanson

Congratulations Mary Nelson!

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Recently, Mary Nelson received the Allied Member of the Year Award from McMaster University.  This annual award recognizes an outstanding Allied or Support Staff Member who has exhibited a high level of initiative, dedication and cooperation in their service to the students and Family Medicine Residents within the Halton Site. 
Congratulations Mary on this well-deserved award!
Joanne Pearson
Executive Director
Burlington Family Health Team

BFHT expanding into the community!

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On Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 we were honoured to host Minister Eleanor McMahon for an important announcement. We were also joined by our partner organizations from Joseph Brant Hospital and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network.

The Burlington Family Health Team has received funding for services to be provided to patients of our Burlington community Primary Care Physicians. There will be two programs offered, Mental Health Services and a Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation/Activation Program. Planning is currently in progress with a target of opening the services for referrals in the summer. More details will become available as we move into the implementation phase.

We are proud to have been provided this funding by the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care. We look forward to supporting our community through providing more access to Interdisciplinary Primary Care teams.

For more information, please click here to see the News Release.

Joanne Pearson

Executive Director

Burlington Family Health Team

Poison Prevention Week

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Prevent Medication Poisonings in Your Home

Most parents know to keep chemicals and cleaning supplies away from children. Many poisonings also happen with medicines. Some products (e.g., gummy vitamins, marijuana edibles, etc) can trick a child into thinking they are food or candy. For a child, taking even a small amount of the wrong medicine can be deadly.
Safe Use of Medicines

• Read all the directions on the medicine bottle. Follow them carefully.
• Turn on the lights. Get your glasses. Be sure you have the right amount of the right medicine.
• Keep medicines in the child-resistant containers they come in.
• Never share or sell your prescription drugs.

Keeping Children Safe

• DO keep the poison center’s phone number beside all your telephones and in your cell phones. In the U.S., the number is 800-222-1222. In Canada, the number is different for each province. Find it in your local phone book or online at https://safemedicationuse.ca/tools_resources/poison_centres.html.
• DO keep medicines and chemicals in a locked or safe place where children cannot see or reach. This includes medicines you apply to your skin (e.g., nitroglycerin cream, menthol rubs, etc), natural supplements, vitamins, etc.
• DO put medicines away right after taking them. Child-resistant containers might slow children down, but they can still be opened.
• DO safely dispose of any ipecac syrup you may have. It should no longer be used for poisonings.

• DON’T take medicine with children watching. They like to copy adults.
• DON’T call medicine candy or say that it tastes like candy.
• DON’T let guests leave medicines where children can find them, like a purse, coat pocket, or unlocked suitcase.
• DON’T put chemicals or cleaners in bottles or cups. These can be confused for drinks.
• DON’T put your next dose of medicine on the counter or anywhere children can reach it.
• DON’T leave children alone with medicines. It only takes a second for a child to get it.
• DON’T throw away medicine patches, e-cigarette containers, or other medicines where children can find them. Fold used medicine patches with the sticky sides together. Even used patches can contain enough medicine to hurt a child if chewed or stuck to their skin.
• DON’T keep medicines you no longer need. Ask your pharmacist for the best way to get rid of them.

What to Do if a Poisoning Happens

• Stay calm.
• Don’t give the person anything to treat the poisoning or make them throw up.
• Call 911 if the person has passed out, is not breathing, has a hard time breathing, or has a seizure.
• If the person is awake, call your poison center.
• Stay on the phone and do what the emergency operator or poison center tells you.

[This may not cover all possible information. It does not replace the need for professional medical care. Always follow the instructions from your healthcare provider.] [March 2018; 340304]

 

Source: Copyright © 2018 by Therapeutic Research Center
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Call for Patient and Family Advisors to join the Burlington Anchor Table

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The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is inviting applicants to join the Burlington Sub-Region’s Anchor Table as Patient and Family Advisors.

Your role:
  • Share your stories, experiences, opinions
  • Represent Burlington patients, families, and caregivers
  • Be involved in local Burlington-specific health care planning
  • Help make the patient experience and health care system better

For more information and to submit an Expression of Interest, click here.  The deadline to apply is March 2nd, 2018, 9:00am.

 

Source: hnhblhin.on.ca

October is Occupational Therapy Month!

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In recognition of Occupational Therapy (OT) month (October), our clinic OT, Leanne, has put together a few frequently asked questions about this field as well as the role of the OT in a Family Health Team!

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) enables individuals to develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities when their abilities have been impacted by illness, chronic disease, mental health issues, the impacts of getting older or other health factors.

What is the role of an Occupational Therapist (OT) at the Burlington Family Health Team?

  • Support individuals in function/ability to live independently or with minimal assistance in their home and prevent injuries and complications.
  • Falls prevention which is an assessment of individuals who are at risk of falling or who have fallen and would like to be assessed for further treatment
  • Home safety assessments of home environment and/or equipment needs
  • Cognitive assessments to screen for cognitive impairment
  • Liaison to other community services within Burlington area

Are there any programs that are run by the OT that patients can participate in?

We have several programs that patients can participate in; they include:

Aging at Home, Better Living for Your Brain, and Boosting Balance and Bone Health.

Click here to learn more about these programs.

How can I be referred for OT services at the Burlington Family Health Team?

If you feel you would benefit from seeing the OT, you can be referred through your physician or allied health within the team.. just ask!