IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR PATIENTS
Our physicians are available to provide care, whether over the telephone, virtually, or in person as appropriate. Please call our office to book an appointment (No walk-ins at this time).
The Ministry of Health announced a COVID-19 Testing Guidance Update to prioritize those who are at the greatest risk, while shifting away from untargeted asymptomatic testing. As part of the updated guidance, Ontarians are being asked to go to Assessment Centres only if they:
• Are showing COVID-19 symptoms;
• Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by their public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID-19 app;
• Are a resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by their local public health unit; or
• Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Ontario Health will continue to notify Assessment Centres of any targeted testing.
Starting on September 25, Ontarians can book an appointment to get tested for COVID-19 at up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario if they are not showing symptoms and are part of a vulnerable population. Vulnerable populations include residents or workers in an at-risk setting such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or other congregate setting. Additional pharmacy locations will be available in the continuing provincial rollout.
Low risk, asymptomatic individuals should not be considered for COVID-19 testing.
If you are symptomatic, or require your test as described above, please call us at 705-457-1212, press 6, to book an appointment in the Haliburton County COVID-19 Assessment Centre. You are still welcome to take the COVID-19 Self Assessment (see link below)
See the links below, or click here COVID-19 for information relating to the Novel Coronavirus
Self-Isolation and Self-Monitoring:
Government of Canada:
WebMD – Coronavirus Dos and Don’ts:
RNAO Coronavirus Update:
Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook
HOW TO BECOME A PATIENT
If you do not have a physician or nurse practitioner in Haliburton or Minden and live in the county, please download the Health Questionnaire , complete it and drop it off at our office located at 7217 Gelert Road, Haliburton, Ontario, or fax it to 705-457-3955.
If you have a physician or nurse practitioner in Haliburton or Minden, please follow Programs and Services to access program and service information.
Unattached patients can call the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Health Care Connect Program at 1-800-445-1822 Monday to Friday, or go online to ontario.ca/healthcareconnect to register with the program. To successfully register, unattached patients must have a valid OHIP card and complete a health questionnaire to determine their need for family health care services. Priority is given to individuals who have greater health needs. Once registered, program participants are assigned to a Care Connector who is employed by the Central East Local Health Integrated Network. Care Connectors work with family physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients. Once an available provider is found, your Care Connector will contact you to provide the information necessary to schedule your first appointment.