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Dr. Stephenson’s Retirement

It is with regret and sadness that we announce Dr. Tina Stephenson’s retirement, effective July 31, 2023. Many of her patients received an email communication today. We are working on mailing out the letters to those without an email address on file.

Dr. Stephenson came to Haliburton in 1987 for “the summer”. She was made to feel so welcome by the hospital staff, office staff and the entire community that she made Haliburton County her permanent home.

Despite incredible effort the allocation of Dr. Stephenson’s patients to their next primary care provider remains undetermined. We recognize the vulnerability created by this uncertainty. Our clinic is looking for a solution.

We will be offering regular walk-in clinics that anyone in the community can attend. Patients may also register with Health Care Connect (…/layoutHCCHomePage…) after July 31, 2023. If you wish to do so sooner you can contact ServiceOntario at 1-888-218-9929 to request that you be derostered/deregistered from Dr. Stephenson ahead of her retirement date.


PRHC opens barrier-free downtown clinic, providing rapid access to treatment for addictions

Published: 4/12/2018 9:25 AM by  PRHC

Peterborough Regional Heath Centre (PRHC) is pleased to announce the recent opening of the area’s first Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic, which provides expedited, barrier-free treatment for patients who are addicted to alcohol or opioids.

The clinic is staffed by PRHC physicians and registered nurses (RNs). No booked appointment or physician referral is necessary, although referrals from doctors, nurses, social workers, addiction counselors and community providers are welcome.

“Our Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinic provides immediate access to lifesaving treatment by offering same-day counselling and addiction medication, and prescription therapies,” said Dr. Jim McGorman, an Emergency Department physician with PRHC who is now also treating patients at the new clinic. “This care model has been shown to help save lives by engaging patients with both short- and long-term therapies as soon as they are ready to pursue those treatments.”

The Rapid Access Addiction Medicine model is designed to initiate therapy for opioid or alcohol addiction and then triage clients to the most appropriate ongoing care provider. It is not intended to replace or duplicate the care provided by a family physician or a treatment clinic. The Peterborough RAAM clinic is working closely with other healthcare providers and resources in the community to ensure patients have access to additional supports following their initial treatment, as they move through the continuum of care.

PRHC’s RAAM clinic has been made possible through a $200,000 commitment from the Ministry of Health and the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The RAAM clinic model has been implemented in cities across Ontario, where it is helping to prevent opiate overdoses and reduce ED visits and inpatient stays for people with addictions.

“The Central East LHIN, together with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and our health service provider partners, is committed to improving access to comphrehensive care for people living with substance abuse disorders,” said Deborah Hammons, CEO of the Central East LHIN. “We look forward to seeing how the opening of the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic at Peterborough Regional Health Centre will have a positive impact on our ability to support individuals dealing with an opiate addiction by providing them with timely treatment, counselling and other supports. The development and implementation of RAAM clinics in Oshawa, Scarborough and now in Peterborough is an important part of the recently released Central East LHIN Opioid Strategy as we collectively respond in an integrated and coordinated way to addressing the opioid crisis in each of our sub-regions.”

The RAAM clinic has been operating in its downtown location at 159 King St. Suite 302 (co-located with PARN) since March 5. It is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.


For further information, please contact:

Michelene Ough
Director, Communications
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
705-743-2121 x. 4259



As a close knit community the Humboldt tragedy struck a cord with us.  We wanted to show our support by wearing our Jerseys to work on April 12, 2018.  We are all one team…..our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved, those still in hospital, those who passed, their families and friends. #HumboldtStrong #putyoursticksout #JerseysforHumboldt


Notice to Patients of Dr. Barbara Varty

Notice to Patients of Dr. Barbara Varty

We are sad to announce the retirement of Dr. Barbara Varty from the Haliburton Family Medical Centre, effective November 22, 2017.  However, as a patient of Dr. Varty’s, you will be transferred to a new physician who is moving to Haliburton this winter.  Her name is Dr. Devon Tilbrook.  Dr. Tilbrook plans to start in the clinic in January 2018.  For the month of December the physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistant, along with a number of other allied health professionals, will continue to provide you with ongoing health care.

At this time we are not accepting any requests from Dr. Varty’s patients to transfer to another physician on our team.

As rostered patients of Dr. Varty’s, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will reassign you to Dr. Tilbrook automatically.  You do not need to sign the patient enrolment form or consent again.  If you have any questions or concerns aroung this process please call Kim Robinson at 705-457-1212, ext. 368 to discuss.

We wish Dr. Varty all the best in her retirement.  She will be missed.