Peel Region Paramedic Services have raised that they are still receiving at-home swab requests from primary care physicians and other community providers at their old fax number.
Please note that the Region of Peel's Paramedic Services COVID-19 At-Home Swab Request has been changed to 905-564-9511.
Complete the PRPS At-Home Swab Request Form + PHO Lab Requisition and fax both forms to 905-564-9511.
For more information contact Jennifer Yantha, PRPS Division Commander, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-678-3844.
Ontario Health Central Coordinates Evacuation Response in Peel Region
On July 21, Peel Region joined a growing list of regions across Ontario hosting groups of evacuees from the Northwestern Ontario First Nations communities threatened by forest fires. As part of its mission to coordinate health care, Ontario Health Central quickly organized a response among regional stakeholders to provide immediate and ongoing health-care coverage for 351 residents (number as of July 28) of the community of Cat Lake.
As in the first wave of most evacuations, which generally include vulnerable groups, initial arrivals from Cat Lake required various health-care supports, which are being provided – wherever possible – under the leadership of Indigenous groups and Indigenous health-care providers.
“This has been a wonderful example of an integrated response from across Peel Region,” said Neil Walker, Vice President, Capacity, Access and Flow and Interim Regional Lead for Ontario Health Central. “Indigenous health experts, primary and emergency health-care providers, nursing and support staff, all came together within hours to ensure the evacuees are given the care they require and deserve during this stressful time.”
The Cat Lake evacuees are being housed in hotel accommodations near Pearson International Airport, with third-party contractors providing food, transportation and security. While Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) remains the lead organization, EMO’s initial ask of Ontario Health Central was for a Registered Nurse presence, as well as the setup of an on-site primary health clinic. The response from Peel Region health-care providers has met or exceeded that request.
Ontario Health Central would like to recognize the extraordinary efforts put forward by health-care providers in Peel Region. It is also important to note that evacuation efforts are continuing and – in some cases – expanding. Continued cooperation and close coordination will be required to ensure the provision of quality health care to these evacuees.
“As they have throughout this past year, we remain confident that Ontario health-care providers, and their partners at the regional and provincial levels, will continue to rise to the challenge,” Neil continued.
Authored by: Jeff Hull, Communications Coordinator for Ontario Health Central
Primary Care in the Media
"The Ontario average for burnout was 2.83 - meaning staff across Ontario hover between being "under some stress" and experiencing "some burnout symptoms" - with many of the LHINs meeting the provincial average.... The Mississauga Halton LHIN reported 23.5 percent of worksers who felt "very much" burnt out."
Read the full article by Natasha O'Neill for The Pointer here.
"We have seen less preventative tests done to screen for illnesses, such as mammograms for breast cancer, tests for colon cancer detection and PAP tests for cervical cancer," said Dr. Sohal Goyal, a family physician and chair of the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network, who spoke at the OMA briefing. "Less cardiac testing has been done to detect heart disease. Less bloodwork for disease detection like high cholesterol."
Read the CBC article here
Interview with Dr. Sohal Goyal discussing the OMA's survey at betterhealthcare.ca.
Listen to the segment on News Talk Sauga 960AM here.
Interview with Dr. Sohal Goyal. Peel Public Health, Credit Valley Family Health Team, and community volunteers join Mississauga Medical Arts to administer AstraZeneca vaccine second doses to patients. Truly a collaborative effort!
In March 2021, when Mississauga’s Dr. Sohal Goyal joined Peel Region’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, he says the acceleration of Ontario’s mass inoculation in primary care left him “giddy” with excitement. He had already been vaccinating residents in long-term care, as part of a team with public health.
We are pleased to be hosting an excellent panel of guest speakers on May 18, 2021 from 8-9 PM to bring our members information about COVID@Home remote care monitoring.
This is your opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the supports available to you and your patients.
Register here: https://covidathome-101-for-primary-care.eventbrite.ca
In case you missed it, MH PCN Board Chair Dr. Sohal Goyal was a panelist at the DFCM's COVID-19 Community of Practice session today. He provided his recent experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine pilot in his clinic in NW Mississauga.
Dr. Goyal and others involved in the pilot welcome you to reach out to hear more about the bumps and triumphs in administering COVID-19 vaccine in family practice.
You can watch recorded COVID CoP sessions and access resources at: https://dfcm.utoronto.ca/covid-19-community-practice/past-sessions
University of Toronto DFCM COVID-19 Community of Practice - March 26, 2021
The COVID-19 Vaccine: Lessons from vaccine pilots, evolving guidance, and more
Here's your chance to make a difference: The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) is seeking up to five Family Physicians to serve on their Board of Directors as they continue to deliver value to their 15,000 family physician members.
The MH PCN supports and encourages our members to unite our voice and improve our practice. Consider applying for this opportunity!
The deadline for applications is April 5, 2021.
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