Improving Care With Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

    McGuinty Government Moving Forward to Increase Access to Quality Care

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ -


    The Ontario government is issuing a call for three new nurse
practitioner-led clinics. The clinics will be located in Sault Ste. Marie, the
Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) catchment area and the
North West LHIN catchment area.
    Nurse practitioner-led clinics are a changing and innovative approach to
serving patients. This local team-based model consists of nurse practitioners
working collaboratively with other health care professionals, like family
doctors, to provide quality care that is closer to home.
    Those individuals or groups interested in setting up a nurse
practitioner-led clinic must submit an application to the Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care by 5 p.m. on December 08, 2008.


    "Nurse practitioners play a vital role in our health care system," said
David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "By increasing the number
of Nurse Practitioner-led clinics we are helping to improve access to care for
local-area residents across the province."
    "Expanding nurse practitioner-led clinics is an important step toward
securing access to primary health care in communities that need it." says
Wendy Fucile, President of RNAO.


    -   Nurse practitioners are able to treat common illnesses and injuries;
        write certain prescriptions; and order certain lab tests, X-rays and
        other diagnostic tests.
    -   Nurse practitioner-led clinics will focus on chronic disease
        management, health promotion and disease prevention along with other
        community-based health care organizations, such as public health
    -   Ontario's first nurse practitioner-led clinic opened in Sudbury in


    Individuals or groups interested in setting up a nurse practitioner-led
clinic can get the application package and information from the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care's website: Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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