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Public Service Announcement - Choose Your Health Care Provider Wisely this December

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Public Service Announcement - Choose Your Health Care Provider Wisely this December

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Published: 12/18/2013 7:02 PM by  PRHC

With the holiday season upon us, the Peterborough Networked Family Health Team (PNFHT) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) are reminding the community that they have healthcare options available to them before considering a visit to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

“Your Family Health Team offers same day appointments and extended hours clinics,” said Don Harterre, Physician Lead for the Peterborough Networked Family Health Team. “Our doctors offer day, evening, weekend and holiday hours – give your doctor’s office a call; we’re here to help.”

Most family doctors’ offices are open or provide back-up coverage including extended hours appointments. Please contact your family doctor for information on how to access these services or visit our website at www.peterboroughfht.com.

“The Emergency Department is traditionally busier at this time of year,” said Dr. Nancy White, Medical Director of PRHC’s Emergency Department. “We encourage anyone considering a visit to the Emergency Department to assess whether the matter is non-urgent before making a decision about where to seek health care. We also ask for your patience if it takes longer for a physician to see you.”

If patients determine that their medical situation does not require urgent care, they are encouraged to take advantage of alternate healthcare options available in the community.

• Call your family doctor or nurse practitioner for daytime and extended hours appointments.

• Check our website at www.peterboroughfht.com for extended hours clinics.

• Speak to a registered nurse by calling Telehealth Ontario (24 hours) at 1-866-797-0000.

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For more information:

Don Harterre, Lead Physician
Peterborough Networked Family Health Team
Tel: 705-742-8020

Amanda Roffey, Communications
PRHC
Tel: 705-743-2121 ext. 3659

 

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