Unattached patients will have access to primary health care.

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - The Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario
(NPAO) applauds the McGuinty government for their announcement today to fund
three new Nurse Practitioner (NP) Led Clinics in Belle River, Sault Ste. Marie
and Thunder Bay.
    NPAO is pleased that Minister Caplan has taken this step forward and
demonstrated his support for nurse practitioner practice and the valued role
they play in improving access to primary health care. Nurse practitioners
across the province are eager to work in these new practice settings. The
first NP led clinic opened in 2007 in Sudbury and received strong and
enthusiastic support from the community.
    "There are tens of thousands of unattached patients in the province who
do not have access to a primary health care provider. Nurse practitioners have
demonstrated that they provide safe, effective, quality health care to
patients of all ages," stated NPAO president Tina Hurlock-Chorostecki.
    Nurse Practitioners are RNs with advanced education and decision-making
skills in assessment, diagnosis and health-care management. They can treat
illnesses and injuries; write prescriptions, order lab tests, X-rays and other
diagnostic tests. They consult and collaborate with physicians and other
health care professionals to meet a patient's health care needs. Nurse
practitioners help to keep individuals and families healthy and assist
patients to understand and manage their illness or disease.
    It is likely that these clinics will be developed and their services
available to the public in the near future. The NP led primary health care
clinics allow nurse practitioners to work to their full potential to provide
high-quality comprehensive health care to the people of Ontario.
    The Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario represents the
professional interests of all NPs in Ontario. NPAO is an expert group of the
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario. NPAO's mission is to achieve full
integration of Nurse Practitioners to ensure accessible, high quality health
care for Ontarians.

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For further information:

For further information: Jane Sanders, NPAO Executive Director, (e)
jsanders@npao.org, (B) (416) 593-8746, (C) (647) 300-6726

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