Primary Health Care
Promoting Health & Well-Being
As a primary health care organization, we make special efforts to serve people who have a higher risk of poor health, or people who are having difficulty finding health care because of language, cultural barriers, poverty or isolation. We consider the social, emotional and financial needs of our clients, since these factors affect a person's health.
Our inter professional team will work with clients to not only treat the illness or condition but provide information and resources that will allow client to self-manage their condition. Promoting health and well-being is an important aspect of our work. The following primary health care services are available at NorWest Community Health Centres:
- Scheduled one to one medical appointments
- Physical assessments and treatment
- Annual physicals and exams
- Prevention and screening
- Cancer screening
- Pre- and post-natal care
- Chronic illness management
- Nutrition counseling
- Health promotion
- Harm reduction services
- Mental health and addictions
- Immunizations and vaccinations
- Assistance for people with access issues
- Comprehensive assessment to determine resources to meet your needs
- Referrals and follow up of Community Resources
- Medication review appointments and follow-up
- Follow-up home visit following discharge from hospital or after an emergency department visit
Chronic Disease Management
NorWest Community Health Centres believes in providing clients with the tools needed to make changes that will assist with living a healthy active life. Programs and services focus on prevention and management of ones chronic disease by providing education and information. It is important for clients to be as engaged as they can be in managing their chronic condition as we know that if left untreated or poorly managed, chronic conditions can become more problematic. Feel free to speak to your health care provider about the services available to you.
Receiving early and regular prenatal care from your health care provider is important. If you know that you are pregnant, or think you might be, call to schedule a visit with your health care provider. Regular prenatal care will take place during your pregnancy and will allow expecting mothers an opportunity to ask questions and received support.
Prenatal appointments are scheduled as follows:
- Once a month from the start of pregnancy until 28 weeks (1 to 7 months)
- Two times a month from 28 to 36 weeks (7 to 9 months)
- Once a week in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy
Your health care provider may see you on a different schedule depending on your pregnancy.
Well Baby Exam
Your health care provider will want to have regular well baby checks or well-baby exams during your baby’s first year of life as it is important to monitor your baby’s growth and development. A well-baby exam involves measurements, vaccines and an evaluation of your baby's development; you can expect the following to take place during the well-baby exam:
- weight check
- head circumference
- breastfeeding support
- developmental assessment depending on baby's age
- physical examination
- discussions of vaccinations or immunizations
- Immunizations and vaccinations are discussed and given according to provincial guidelines.
- Referrals are made to community programs and resources that assist parents in raising a healthy child.
Your health care team will share information and resources with you about and childhood and adult immunizations. For immunization schedule and more information, please visit the Government of Ontario - Vaccines & Immunization website.
Influenza vaccinations are available to all rostered clients of NorWest Community Health Centres. It is recommended that the following individuals receive the influenza vaccination unless they have contraindications to the vaccine:
- All individuals aged 6 months or older who live, work or attend school in Ontario
- Individuals in the following high priority groups:
- Young children under 5 years of age (especially those younger than 2 years of age);
- Children (age 6 months to 18 years) undergoing treatment with acetylsalicylic acid for long periods;
- Individuals with neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions;
- Adults 65 years of age and older;
- Individuals of any age who are residents in a long-term care home (LTCH) or other chronic care facilities;
- Individuals with underlying health conditions (e.g., cardiac/pulmonary disorders, renal disease, morbid obesity, diabetes and cancer or weakened immune systems);
- Pregnant women; and
- Indigenous Peoples.
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