Other FHT Programs & Services

In addition to the wonderful programs offered to patients, our Family Health Team has many services to enhance the local primary healthcare system. These services include:

Clinical Support Services

Service led by: Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurse, and Registered Practical Nurse

Clinical Support Services (previously known as Welcome Home) provide a number of services to Family Health Organization patients to ensure good access to care, to bridge care gaps within our community and provide clinical support where needed. They also make sure these services don’t already exist in the Peterborough City & County.

Clinical Support Services (CSS) works in partnership with other community partners (PRHC, CCAC, Kawartha Cardiology, Community Care Peterborough and CMHA) to keep the patient, family doctor and other healthcare providers at the “centre of care,” and ensuring that the patient is surrounded by the programs and services they need for their best health outcome.

The CSS team works diligently to provide the following specific services to our patients:

  • Develop processes for timely (within 7 days) post hospital follow-up appointments for patients with their primary care provider.
  • Develop and track effectiveness of communication processes for 48 hr post discharge newborn appointments with primary care provider.
  • Monitor and assist referred (from FHO clinician/PRHC/Respiratory Rehab/Telehomecare) patients who have CHF or COPD.
  • Track 30 day hospital readmission, for CHF and COPD patients, with a program objective to reduce readmission and increase quality of life.
  • Create ‘Health Links’ care plans to ensure a holistic, seamless healthcare experience for patients.
  • Connect patients to appropriate PFHT programs.
  • Link and navigate patients to existing or new community resources.
  • Work in partnership with PRHC COPD Working Group.
  • Identify gaps in services and inform both internal and external partners of process changes that are needed for patient-centred and high-quality care.

You must be referred by your family doctor to this service. 

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Deprescribing Service

The aim of this service is to help people safely stop or decrease the dose of  medications they no longer need or need less of. These medications may no longer be helpful for people or may even be causing harm. Participants will work closely with a PFHT pharmacist to discuss all the medications they take, how long they’ve taken them, and why they are taking them. 

The pharmacist will work closely with the participants family doctor to create a plan and help people safely stop unneeded medications. 

You must be referred by your family doctor to this service. 

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FHT to Quit

Program led by: Pharmacists, Mental Health Clinicians, and Registered Nurses

Do you want to quit smoking?

Our team of trained professionals will support you to create an individualized and safe plan to quit smoking that fits with your life. The team will follow up with you regularly to provide coaching and problem solving so that you can reach your goals. You will also learn strategies for quitting and staying quit. Pharmacy aids are reviewed and you may have the option of free nicotine replacement therapy (i.e., patch, gum, lozenges, inhaler, spray) or a prescription medication.

This program may be for you if:

  • You are willing and ready to quit smoking in the next 30-60 days
  • You are willing to work with a pharmacist and a behavioural coach
  • You want support in making a plan to quit
  • You can commit to attending a group session followed by 5-6 visits with the team approximately 2-4 weeks apart
  • You have just been discharged from the hospital and are presently wearing a nicotine patch

This program may NOT be for you if:

  • You are not planning on quitting in the next 3 months or more
  • You have no desire to quit
  • You cannot commit to attending appointments every 2-4 weeks (5-6 visits)

This service is sponsored by the GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation.

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Footsteps to Parenting

Navigate the wonderful, mystifying, and sometimes scary journey of parenting with peers through the Footsteps to Parenting program.

Our Partners in Pregnancy Clinic partners with Peterborough Child and Family Centres to create a support group for new parents with babies under 6 months of age.

For details, visit Peterborough Child & Family Centres’ website.

INR Clinic (Anticoagulation)

Service led by: Pharmacists

If you’re on a blood thinning medication, your blood clotting time (INR) needs to be monitored regularly to ensure that your medication dosage is safe and effective.

In the past, that meant going to a busy blood lab once a week and then waiting for your doctor to get the test results and to contact you if any changes were required.

Now, some of our Family Health Team pharmacists and physicians are working together to provide a convenient, one-stop monitoring program. Specially trained pharmacists use a finger prick blood test that provides immediate results. They can then adjust your medication as required, in minutes rather than days, and in a single appointment.

The pharmacists record all patient visits in an electronic medical record that’s shared with the physician, so that your doctor always knows the status of your treatment.

If you are eligible for this program, your family physician’s office or the pharmacy team will contact you.

This service is sponsored by the GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation. For more information, please email info@peterboroughfht.com

You must be referred by your family doctor to this service. 

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YMCA Exercise Prescription

This program is a partnership between the Peterborough Family Health Team and the YMCA of Peterborough that promotes the importance of regular physical activity.

Our healthcare providers, such as your family doctor, nurse practitioner, registered dietitian or others may prescribe you to this program if you have a sedentary lifestyle.

What does that mean?

If you spend much time seated, you may have a sedentary lifestyle! This prescription is a free 60 day (two months straight) membership that offers you:

  • a consultation with a trainer to review personal goals
  • insight on activities geared to your interests
  • a tour and demonstration the use of equipment

You must be referred by your family doctor to this program. 

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Trans Care Clinic

Service led by: Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Clinicians, and Pharmacists

When a gap in care was identified for transgender individuals, Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT) stepped up to the plate by creating the Trans Care Clinic. This services that was generously funded through the Canada 150th grant and a kind donation from the GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, provides patients with the services and support they require.

“We are incredibly happy to be able to help those in our community who have struggled in finding and accessing a specific type of care. We are committed to delivering high-quality care to patients and to be a leader in the development of a wholistic health care system, which is evident through the programs and services we offer to our patients.” – Lori Richey, Executive Director of PFHT

At this time, this clinic is offered in the city of Peterborough. Please let us know if the location would prevent you from attending.

For more information about our Trans Care Clinic, CLICK HERE.

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