A letter to Dr. Ludlow & Dr. Barten’s patients

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To our patients,

Dr. Bartens and Dr. Ludlow are pleased to announce that they are continuing to work together sharing a medical practice.

In July 2019, Dr. Bartens will be taking over as the physician of record for enrollment purposes. 

In July 2019, Dr. Ludlow will continue to work the same amount in the clinic and see patients, however, her focus will be on continuing to teach and support future physicians, our residents here at McMaster Halton site.

With the transition to Dr. Bartens as the enrolling physician, there will be no changes as to how you schedule an appointment or how you see either Dr. Bartens, Dr. Ludlow, or their residents.

With the transition to Dr. Bartens as the enrolling physician, patients will need to sign new enrolment papers to maintain active patient status in our practice. 

You can come in anytime during business hours (Monday to Friday 915 am to 7pm) after July 1, 2019 to sign the new enrolment paperwork. You may also be asked to do so at your next appointment if this has not already been completed.

We are excited for this next chapter, and are pleased it will have absolutely no impact on your direct care. 


Dr. Kyla Ludlow and Dr. Michelle Bartens 

We are listening to you!

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The Halton McMaster Family Health Centre is working on quality improvements to our clinic to provide enhancements to you, our patient.


  • Online scheduling is available 24/7 – CLICK HERE
  • Book and manage your appointments online
  • Cancelled appointments are immediately made available to patients


  • Check-in quickly, avoiding front desk congestion

A letter to Dr. Davis, Bursey, and Hanson’s patients

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To All Of Our Patients,

Happy New Year!

This year will bring some changes at our clinic, and we wanted to reach out to all of you to ensure that you are aware of some of the changes that will be occurring in our Family Practice.

We were sad to see Dr. Bursey leave in December, but wish her all the best with her family in British Columbia.  She has settled into her new home, and sends her regards to all of you, thanking you for the kindness and support you showed her over the time of her transition.

In January, the practice was joined by Dr. Leslie Hanson.  Dr. Hanson is originally from Oakville, and is a recent McMaster graduate. She has already started at the clinic, and some of you may have already met her.  She will be working with Dr. Davis to continue to provide comprehensive family medicine care to you and your families, including hospital and obstetrical care.

Dr. Davis will work alongside Dr. Hanson over the next 6-months, introducing her to our clinic and our practice.  As of June 21, 2019, Dr. Davis will be leaving her community-based practice in Burlington to persue an academic career with McMaster University.  While she is excited about this change in her career, she is also sad to leave behind the wonderful group of patients that she has cared for in the Burlington community for a decade.  She is truly grateful to have been granted the privilege to be involved in each of your lives during joyful and sad times, and will miss her Burlington community practice greatly.

Dr. Hanson will assume the complete practice as of June 21, 2019 and is excited to develop the longstanding relationships that Dr. Bursey and Dr. Davis have had with you.  Dr. Davis and Dr. Bursey are both certain that Dr. Hanson is an exceptional physician and truly believe that she will continue to provide you all with outstanding care.

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.


Dr. Davis

Dr. Bursey

Dr. Hanson

Join us at the Public Library!

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Osteoporosis Workshop

Learn about bone health and aging, as well as nutrition, exercise and supplements for bone health.
When: Nov 22, 29, Dec 6th from 2-3:30pm

Where: Brant Hills Library, 2255 Brant St, Burlington, ON

This workshop is open to all community members, you do not need to be part of the Burlington Family Health Team to attend.

For more information, please contact the library at 905-335-2209.

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.

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.

Burlington Community Access to Psychotherapy Treatment (B-CAPT)

B-CAPT’s Mental Health Counsellors provide evidence-based group psychotherapy through a stepped-care collaborative delivery model for patients with mild depression and anxiety.  Patients participate in groups that meet their level of need for symptom severity and goals for treatment and start in the group that is most likely to support their success. Care plans are reviewed after each group ends to assess progress and need for continued treatment.

B-CAPT Programs:

  • B-Calm: a 4-week session group focused on stress regulation
  • B-Action: a 4-week session group focused on behavioural activation
  • B-Balanced Thinking: a 5-week session group focused on cognitive restructuring
  • B-Mindful: a 5-week session group focused on mindfulness

How to refer:

Referrals are made by Burlington Family Physicians through the central intake to Joseph Brant Community Mental Health and Addictions. From that referral they are triaged and may be sent to B-CAPT if the patient would benefit from the program and an assessment is done by a Mental Health Counsellor.

Burlington Community Access to Rehabilitative Services (B-CARS)

B-CARS offers access to Primary Care Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Activity. Programs offered through B-CARS will be delivered in group format, by a dynamic and innovative team of Physiotherapists and Kinesiologist.

B-CARS Programs:

  • B-CARS Living Better with Pain: a 6-week chronic pain self-management programs, that aims to get people moving, reduce pain, and improve the quality of life. It was developed to specifically target functional improvement in chronic pain populations.
  • B-CARS GLA:DTM Canada: a 6-week exercise and education program specifically designed for adults living with mild to severe osteoarthritis. It aims to improve muscle control and stability to reduce pain and increase mobility for those suffering from Osteoarthritis.
  • B-CARS TIMETM: an 8-week program that aims to get people moving and improve mobility with confidence. Each class is 60 minutes in duration focusing on task related functional movements to strengthen muscles in the legs and core, and improve coordination.

How to refer:

Referrals are made by Burlington Family Physicians completing and faxing the B-CARS referral form which has been sent out to Family Physicians. When the completed faxed referral from comes in it is triaged and assessment is booked with a clinician. If the patients are not suitable for the programs offered they will provide the patient with other resources and inform the family physician.

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

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.

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]


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