Please read carefully.
Chatham Kent Family Health Team is continuing to monitor and act on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation by following guidance from the Canadian government, province of Ontario and the local public health.
The Province of Ontario has indicated that MINIMAL tests are available, so VERY FEW PEOPLE will be tested. Those who MIGHT be tested include:
• People with serious symptoms, such as problems breathing (not simply having fever, cough)
• Patients admitted to hospital or long- term care
• Health care providers who have symptoms themselves. Some of the difficulties in managing the COVID-19 virus are due to the fact that:
o It is transmitted quickly.
o It is now being found in individuals who have not travelled, so called “community spread.”
o Many have the virus but do not exhibit any symptoms.
COVID-19 can cause regular “cold” symptoms and does NOT always cause breathing difficulties. Some young people may experience very minimal symptoms but can still transmit it to others. This means that anyone with cold symptoms even if mild, can be contagious and transmit the virus. It is also known now that it can live on surfaces for several hours or even days.
People most at risk are:
• Patients over age 60, particularly over age 70
• Any person who takes medication to reduce the immune system – eg. For rheumatoid arthritis, organ transplants, and those on cancer treatment.
• People who take inhalers for conditions like ASTHMA and COPD
• People who have ever had angina, a heart attack, heart failure, or who have diabetes
• Overall, anyone with a compromised immune system for any reason.
As such we are temporarily changing our clinic processes.
• Patients are not to show – up at the office without first phoning for direction
• Patients with existing appointments are being contacted
• Most patients will be reviewed & treated by phone or OTN video where/if possible.
• Non-urgent issues will be deferred.
• Plans are being made for patients needing immunizations, allergy injections, removal of sutures/staples and driver’s medicals.
• We can fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and send lab requests directly to the lab.
Please keep in mind that most of the physicians at CKFHT work with medically fragile patients in the hospital, ER, nursing homes, chronic care as well as in the office. Keeping a clinic housing multiple physicians, nurses and other staff free of disease ensures continued medical care for the community during this time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these very challenging times. Please know that we have your best interest at heart.