The Peterborough Family Health Team was created by the family doctors of Peterborough during a time when the local healthcare system was in crises. With too many patients not being attached to a family doctor, chronic disease (i.e. diabetes, COPD, heart problems, etc.) and a growing stress on the local hospital, doctors knew something had to be done.

The situation only grew worse; with a failing system, new doctors would choose other forms of practice, and those who remained didn’t have enough resources to provide the care their patients and community truly needed. The family doctors decided to refresh the local system by adding mental health clinicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered dietitians and registered nurses into the traditional family practice. The change produced partnerships with other health care and social service organizations and changed the compensation model for physicians.

Thanks to these changes that happened in 2016, the Peterborough Family Health Team was able to connect 25,000 patients to family doctors and the additional care required. Also, this model attracted new family doctors to start their own practice in the City and County.

Peterborough Family Health Team continues this mission of created a more integrated system of health care that meets the needs of patients.

Learn more about all the Family Health Teams of Ontario through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website