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
• 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 ~ ~

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.



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!

Are you between the ages of 50-74?

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Download Colon Cancer Screening PDFGet your colon cancer screening done today!

The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is the screening method for average risk people between the ages of 50 and 74. It is a simple test that you can do in the privacy of your home. The FOBT is the most widely available test for screening for colorectal cancer.

It is recommended that men and women between the ages of 50 and 74, who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer and do not have symptoms, be screened every two years using an FOBT. Studies show when this screening test is performed every two years, combined with a colonoscopy for those who test positive, it will reduce death from colorectal cancer by 16 per cent over a decade.  (From Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Website)

Testing – click here to read more on the FOBT kit

An FOBT kit can be given to you the patient at the office to take home. You need to have a requisition inside of your FOBT kit in order to send it to the lab for testing.  You can get your requisition and kit at a regular patient appointment, at the nursing clinic, or you can call the clinic to pick one up.

Appointment Information and Follow-up

Your test results for FOBT test will be sent directly to your Physician to review. If any follow-up is needed you will receive a call from our clinic.