COVID-19: What you need to know
When you come to your appointment…
- Wear a mask.
- Do not bring anyone to your appointment (unless necessary).
- Arrive on time.
- Sanitize your hands.
- Complete a verbal COVID-19 screener.
Please call if you are unable to arrive on time. This will minimize overlap of patients in the office/clinic.
Our services during COVID-19
To protect the well-being of our patients, their families, our employees, and
our clinical partners, we have created the following safety protocols:
- All employees complete an online screener before entering the clinic/office.
- Each healthcare provider will follow their individual College’s direction on safety (i.e. the College of Dietitians of Ontario).
- All employees will use proper Personal Protective Equipment – this includes receptionists working behind protective glass.
- Common areas will be sanitized and cleaned regularly.
- Walk-in patients are not being seen at this time. All patients must make an appointment first.
Testing for COVID-19
Should you be tested for COVID-19? Which testing location should you go to?
Visit Peterborough Public Health’s Testing web page to see if you should get tested or not.
The Government of Ontario created a framework that categorized public health regions into five levels. These levels are:
- Green – Prevent
- Yellow – Protect
- Orange – Restrict
- Red – Control
Peterborough Public Health continues to keep our community informed on the current level for our area. Additionally, Peterborough Public Health tracks the number of COVID-19 cases in the city and county of Peterborough.
To see a snapshot of what is happening locally, visit Peterborough Public Health’s Local COVID-19 Cases and Status web page.
Patient supports during COVID-19
Do you feel stressed and anxious due to the global pandemic? Do you feel you’re not eating well during COVID-19?
Are you an older adult feeling lonely from isolation?
There are many free supports available to you during this time. See below for details.
Mental Health Supports
Mindfulness Meditation Breathing
This video brings you to here and now. The three minute breathing exercise is used for transitions; whether you are on your way to or from work, or returning from recess. Watch the following meditation led by Rodney Pinto, PFHT Mental Health Clinician, to centre both your mind and body.
Talk NOW provides free counselling sessions with a mental health and addictions professional, as well as access to a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in mental health care.
A local call centre offering a non-judgmental, confidential listening ear for anyone in need.
Due to the global pandemic, the Ontario Government is currently funding online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) offered by Morneau Shepell. This therapy connects you to a professional therapist.
Complete a 5-7 minute assessment and begin the program right away.
Do you need help managing mild to moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety? This free skill-building program for youth and adults combats unhelpful thinking and manages worry and anxiety.
Peer Discussion Forum
Are you feeling sad or depressed and are looking to reach out to someone? CAMH has created a forum for you to reach out and chat with others who may be feeling the same.
Face COVID – How to Respond Effectively to the Coronovirus
Dr. Russ Harris illustrates how to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to deal with the pandemic and the fear, anxiety, and worry that go with it.
An information and referral service, focusing on mental health, addiction, and problem gambling services in the province.
Click here to visit the ConnexOntario website. You can also call 1-866-531-2600
Eating well during the COVID-19 pandemic
You can eat well to feel good and maintain your health, even during the pandemic. The Government of Canada eating healthy web page provides information on food choices, your immune system, buying food during the pandemic, and more.
Put it away for a rainy day
It’s helpful to put some food items away to have on hand for unforeseen circumstances. The following chart outlines different foods that store well! (Click image to enlarge.)
The Primary Care Dietitians’ Association provides information on making meal prep easy. Click here for the Simple and Delish: Meal Prep Made Easy document.
Food Supplements and Your Immune System: The myths and facts
During this pandemic, our society is also experiencing an “infodemic”. What is this? An over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not. Find out the truth on your immune system and COVID-19.
Food Supports in the City and County of Peterborough
Our community has a range of food programs and services available to those in need. Many organizations address the inadequate access to food that low income families experience. To find out more about these food programs and services, visit the City of Peterborough’s Food Services website.
Safe Grocery Shopping During COVID-19
The Primary Care Dietitians’ Association provides you with tips for safe grocery shopping during COVID-19. (Click image to enlarge.)
Did you know that…
- Some grocery stores offer online shopping and/or phone order.
- Some stores offer special early shopping hours for seniors and front line healthcare workers.
Call your grocery store to learn about your options!
Older Adult Supports
Age Friendly Peterborough – Support
Age Friendly Peterborough is part of Sustainable Peterborough; a committee working to create programs, services and infrastructure for older adults. This newsletter edition provides you with information on: Ontario 211, health care, mental health supports, and more.
Community Care Peterborough
The staff and volunteers of Community Care Peterborough offer a wide range of essential services to seniors and adults with physical challenges. Some services include friendly phone calls for those feeling lonely and wanting to connect with someone.
For details on the different services, visit Community Care Peterborough’s website.
Talk2Nice – Friendly Phone Call
The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly is providing friendly phone calls to older adults and persons with disabilities. This is in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The free, over the phone outreach can be accessed by calling 1 (844) 529-7292.
Please note this is not a crisis line and NICE does not provide intervention services.
Thank you to our Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) for bringing the idea of this web page into being. The PFAC work to improve patient care experience at PFHT.