Nurse Practitioners Strengthen Family Health Care

    McGuinty Government To Create 25 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ -


    Three new nurse practitioner-led clinics in Belle River, Sault Ste. Marie
and Thunder Bay are strengthening family health care for Ontario families.
    The three clinics focus on comprehensive primary care services, including
chronic disease management and health promotion. They are the first of 25 new
clinics that will come into operation by 2011/12. The remaining 22 clinics
will begin to move forward in the spring.
    Nurse practitioner-led clinics are a team-based approach to front line
health care. Nurse practitioners work with other health care professionals,
such as family doctors, to provide quality care closer to home.
    Ontarians will be connected to nurse practitioner clinics through:

    -  Health Care Connect
       a new program to help people find a family health
       care provider
    -  Your Health Care Options
       a new source that enables Ontarians to make informed decisions about
       where to go for minor illnesses or injury


    "Nurse practitioners bring unique and valuable skills and expertise to
patient care teams across Ontario. By moving forward on 25 new, nurse
practitioner-led clinics, we are ensuring that more Ontarians have access to
this innovative health care option," said Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario.
    "I am excited and proud that we are moving ahead on our next round of
nurse practitioner-led clinics. These clinics are helping to provide quality
health care closer to home for thousands of Ontarians and are part of our
priority to improve access to care for all Ontarians," said David Caplan,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
    "There is a tremendous need for better access to primary care in these
communities and today's announcement is the answer thousands of people have
been waiting for. We look forward to the opening of these NP-led clinics as
soon as possible and to the announcement of the next 22 sites in the spring,"
said Wendy Fucile, President of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.


    -  Nurse practitioners are able to treat common illnesses and injuries,
       order lab tests, X-rays and other diagnostic tests.
    -  Nurse practitioner-led clinics will focus on comprehensive primary
       care services including chronic disease management, health promotion
       and disease prevention along with other community-based health care
       organizations, such as public health units.
    -  Ontario's first nurse practitioner-led clinic opened in Sudbury in
       2007 and provides family health care to approximately 2,000 patients.


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