Interdisciplinary Health Services

The following are services provided by the interdisciplinary health professionals at the ELFHT. Appointments are required for every service.

Chiropodist

Services for biomechanical problems include foot examinations to determine the cause of pain.

The patient may be referred to outside agencies such as Bioped for orthotic management.

Patients must book appointments in advance. Our focus is on rostered patients who have diabetes, Peripheral vascular disease, mobility problems and/or poor visual acuity.

For more information, or to book an appointment with the chiropodist, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Services for skin problems include, but are not limited to, treatment and management of, calluses, corns, warts, swelling and infections. In-office wart treatment is also available.

Patients must book appointments in advance. Our focus is on rostered patients who have diabetes, Peripheral vascular disease, mobility problems and/or poor visual acuity.

For more information, or to book an appointment with the chiropodist, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Services for toe nail problems include, but are not limited to, treatment and management of ingrown, fungal, thick, discoloured and crooked toe nails. 

Patients must book appointments in advance. Our focus is on rostered patients who have diabetes, Peripheral vascular disease, mobility problems and/or poor visual acuity.

For more information, or to book an appointment with the chiropodist, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Lower limb and foot wound care includes treatment and management of acute, surgical, diabetic and hard to heal skin wounds or ulcers on the lower limbs and feet.

Patients must book appointments in advance. Our focus is on rostered patients who have diabetes, Peripheral vascular disease, mobility problems and/or poor visual acuity.

For more information, or to book an appointment with the chiropodist, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Dietitian

Weight management services are for those whose weight is changing or fluctuating. The dietitian will help determine what in their life is affecting their weight to go up or down. Together with the patient, they will determine what the patient can and is willing to change in their lifestyle.

Patients can self-refer.

To book an appointment with the dietitian, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Annual Diabetes Check-Up

The goal of the Annual Diabetes Visit program is to have all clients with type 2 diabetes reviewed once a year by one of our registered nurses, our dietitian or our pharmacist.  This appointment is an educational opportunity to teach clients about all the important aspects of their diabetes care including blood sugar control, reducing cardiovascular risk, healthy diet, exercise and foot care.  Furthermore, the visit is intended to be an opportunity to encourage appropriate diabetes self-management, support achievement of targets and address the client’s outstanding preventative care items.  Clients requiring more intensive diabetes education and follow-up may be referred to our local Diabetes Education Program (DEP) at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

Any rostered patient will be automatically contacted for their annual check-up.

For more information or to request a check-up, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882.

Diabetes Education Program (Hospital)

Patients may be referred to the Diabetes Education Program at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. This program is for newly diagnosed people with diabetes, people on insulin, pregnant persons with diabetes, and people whose diabetes is not well controlled.

Pre-diabetes education is a 1⁄2 day group workshop run by the registered dietitian. It is for patients pre-disposed to type 2 diabetes who want to prevent or reduce their risk of developing it.

The workshop has a wait list, and patients are contacted with a date and time once it is available. Patients can self-refer.

To add your name to the wait list, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Dyslipidemia, also known as high cholesterol, can be mitigated with dietary interventions. Patients who want to reduce their risk of heart disease using food to avoid or delay having to take medications may benefit from these services.
Patients can self-refer.

To book an appointment with the dietitian, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, can be mitigated with dietary interventions. Patients who want to reduce their risk of heart disease using food to avoid or delay having to take medications may benefit from these services.
Patients can self-refer.

To book an appointment with the dietitian, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Renal (meaning “related to the kidneys”) are services provided for those with kidney disease or problems with kidney function. Finding out which nutritional strategies are useful at their level of renal deficiency can help.
Patients who want to improve kidney function and help their kidneys work well for longer, can self-refer for these services.

To book an appointment with the dietitian, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

The dietitian provides guidance, education, and/or treatment for patients with Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
Patients who have issues with food going in or coming out, may have a GI disorder. They can often be helped with lifestyle interventions.

Patients can self-refer for these services.

To book an appointment with the dietitian, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Other Dietitian Services include guidance and/or treatment for:

  • Food Allergy concerns
  • Vegetarian concerns
  • Food Insecure concerns
  • Dysphagia
  • PCOS
  • Reactive hypoglycemia
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • MS and dietary concerns
  • Parkinson’s and dietary concerns
  • etc…

Patients can self-refer for these and any other dietary issues or concerns. Please call the clinic and speak to the first floor receptionists to book an appointment.

Registered Nurses

24-hour Blood Pressure Monitoring is provided to patients who have a suspected problem with their blood pressure which is unable to be detected during their usual appointments at the clinic. A patient will be directed to wear a small device for 24 hours which records their blood pressure automatically every 20 mins from 8 am to 11 pm, and every hour overnight. The patient may also be asked to keep an activity log for the day.

To access this service, a referral is required from a physician, or from an interdisciplinary health member of the ELFHT. Once a referral is sent, the ELFHT will contact the patient for an appointment.

For more information, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Cognitive testing is provided to determine changes in a patient’s cognition and mental status. The test askes a patient to answer questions, and draw and identify simple diagrams. The results of the testing are sent to a physician who interprets it. Testing is provided in French and English.

To access this service, a referral is required from a physician, or from an interdisciplinary health member of the ELFHT. Once a referral is sent, the ELFHT will contact the patient for an appointment.

For more information, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

This service requires an internal referral from a physician. Patients will then be contacted about an appointment.

A punch biopsy is a diagnostic test where a small, tube-shaped piece of skin and some other tissue underneath are removed using a sharp cutting tool (punch). It can be done anywhere on the body. The patient can go home directly after the procedure. The tissue (biopsy sample) is then examined under a microscope to determine the results.

A nurse practitioner often offers same day and/or next day appointments for those with acute episodic ailments depending on availability.

Examples of acute episodic ailments are coughs, sore throat, bladder infections, etc.

This service is provided to minimize hospital emergency room visits for non-emergencies. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

To find out if there is a same or next day appointment available, call the clinic at (705) 461-8882.

Teaching – Self Injections

A nurse or other interdisciplinary health professional will teach the patient how to administer their self-injections. This service is provided by appointment as needed.

A physician or interdisciplinary health referral is required. Call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 to book a teaching appointment, or if you have any questions.

Chronic Disease Management

A team of health care professionals will assist the patients with treatments, medications, and identifying lifestyle choices to manage their chronic disease.

These professionals can include: Dietician, Pharmacist, Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, and others.

Teaching – New Diagnosis

A team of health care professionals will assist the patient with understanding a new diagnosis through appointments to discuss various aspects such as lifestyle and medication, in addition to possible outcomes. This occurs throughout patient care, and is not a specified service.

System Navigation is a service to help patients navigate the healthcare and social support network. The nurses and staff know what services are available and help the patient coordinate healthcare so they can maintain life in their home. The service can include home visits, help with nursing home applications, referral to social support systems, and other assistance based on the patient’s needs.

A referral is required from a physician or friends and family, or the patient can self-refer.

To access the service, an initial assessment is done by a nurse at the ELFHT. The assessment can be done by a home visit or at the clinic.

To book an assessment, or for a referral, call the clinic at (705) 461-8882, and speak to a first floor receptionist.

Home Visits are wellness checks provided for vulnerable members of society. They are included as part of the System Navigation service, or can be requested separately. Visits can be done on a regular basis, or as a singular visit, and can also include services such as facilitating patient movement to care facilities (such as nursing homes or hospital care if needed).

A referral is needed for this service, however patients may also self-refer or be referred by a family member or friend.

For more information, or for a referral, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882 and speak to the first floor receptionists.

Patients can call and speak to a receptionist to obtain their immunization record. Any records on file at the ELFHT can be printed for the patient.

If the records are not located with the ELFHT (particularly if the patient was vaccinated at school), check with Algoma Public Health.

Immunization forms (including school and employment forms) can be dropped off at the ELFHT reception, and the nurses will go through the form. Should it be required, the patient will be sent for blood work to check immunity levels, and an appointment through the Nurse’s Clinic will be made for any missing vaccinations to be administered.

This process usually takes several weeks, and the patient will be informed once it is complete.

Call (705) 461-8882 to obtain an immunization record, or for any questions.

Social Worker

This service is available for clients over the age of 18.

Depression Treatment is an individual counselling service provided by the Family Health Team’s social worker. Clients can be referred by their physician or another member of the ELFHT. Clients can also self-refer by calling (705) 461-8882 and speaking to the receptionists.

Each new client will have a telephone appointment to complete a screening before scheduling a counselling appointment for them.

This service is available for clients over the age of 18.

Anxiety Treatment is an individual counselling service provided by the Family Health Team’s social worker. Clients can be referred by their physician or another member of the ELFHT. Clients can also self-refer by calling (705) 461-8882 and speaking to the receptionists.

Each new client will have a telephone appointment to complete a screening before scheduling a counselling appointment for them.

This service is available for clients over the age of 18.

Grief Counselling is an individual counselling service provided by the Family Health Team’s social worker. Clients can be referred by their physician or another member of the ELFHT. Clients can also self-refer by calling (705) 461-8882 and speaking to the receptionists.

Each new client will have a telephone appointment to complete a screening before scheduling a counselling appointment for them.

This service is available for clients over the age of 18.

Stress Management is an individual counselling service provided by the Family Health Team’s social worker. Clients can be referred by their physician or another member of the ELFHT. Clients can also self-refer by calling (705) 461-8882 and speaking to the receptionists.

Each new client will have a telephone appointment to complete a screening before scheduling a counselling appointment for them.

This service is available for clients over the age of 18.

Caregiver Stress Management is an individual counselling service provided by the Family Health Team’s social worker. Clients can be referred by their physician or another member of the ELFHT. Clients can also self-refer by calling (705) 461-8882 and speaking to the receptionists.

Each new client will have a telephone appointment to complete a screening before scheduling a counselling appointment for them.

Pharmacist

Do you have questions about how to take your medication?  Do you think you may be experiencing unwanted side effect(s)?  Are you struggling to cover the cost of your medication and need assistance? 

Book an appointment with our pharmacist to discuss your medication concerns, gain a better understanding of what your medications are for, and obtain help for drug cost issues.

Call (705) 461-8882 to book an appointment.

At least once yearly (and more often if you are on a complex medication regimen), it is recommended to have a comprehensive medication review with a pharmacist. 

Book an appointment with our pharmacist to go through all of your medications to ensure that you are taking them correctly, that the doses are appropriate, that they are benefiting you the way they should, and are not causing side effects.  Our pharmacist will then coordinate with your doctor or nurse practitioner to optimize and simplify your medication regimen as much as possible.

Patients often end up with prescribed medications that tend to cause more harm than good when taken long term (e.g. sleeping pills, opioids). 

Our pharmacist can work with you to develop a plan to help you come off these medications gradually and safely, as well as make suggestions for alternative strategies to manage your health condition. Book an appointment with the pharmacist by calling (705) 461-8882.

OTN – Specialist Services

For more information on the Ontario Telemedicine Network, visit the ELFHT OTN page here↗.

Tele-dermatology is a service of the Ontario eConsult Program which connects patients and care providers with dermatologists without the need for an in-person appointment. Patients can attend an OTN appointment with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team, and connect with a dermatologist here, to avoid travel to a different community.

Accessing the tele-dermatology service requires a dermatology OTN referral from a health care provider.

Tele-psychiatry is a service of the Ontario eConsult Program, connecting patients and care providers with psychiatrists without the need for an in-person appointment. Patients can attend an OTN appointment with the Elliot Lake Family Health team to connect with a psychiatrist. These appointments can provide a psychiatry consultation and assessment.

Accessing the tele-psychiatry service requires the patient to be 18 years of age or older.

This service requires a referral from a health care provider.

Respiratory Therapist

Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) are licensed health care professionals who specialize in heart and lung disorders that can affect breathing. Also, as a Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE), our Respiratory Therapist can teach you about your lung disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis. Learning about your lung disease can include the proper use of inhaled medications, how to live with the disease and how to prevent it from getting worse.

Why see an RRT/CRE?
  • Education and support for living with a lung disease;
  • Participation in a pulmonary rehabilitation program;
  • Spirometry screen (simple breathing test) for lung disease;
  • Smoking cessation support;
  • Concerns about oxygen use at home; and
  • Concerns about obstructive sleep apnea or CPAP machine use.
Canadian Lung Health Test

If you are older than 40 years of age and are a current or ex-smoker, you may be at risk for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Take the Canadian Lung Health Test to see if you have signs and symptoms:

  • Do you cough regularly?
  • Do you cough up phlegm regularly?
  • Do simple chores make you short of breath?
  • Do you wheeze when you exert yourself, or at night?
  • Do you get frequent colds that persist longer than those of other people you know?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have symptoms of COPD and should visit your physician or the Registered Respiratory Therapist. Call the clinic to book an appointment.

Spirometry is a common simple breathing test. It measures pulmonary (lung) function by measuring the amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. It assesses breathing patterns and can help diagnose conditions such as asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and others.

Pre & Post Bronchodilator

You will be asked to breathe through a mouthpiece while wearing a nose clip. The tester will coach you to take in as big a breath as possible. You will then blast the air out as fast as you can until your lungs are completely empty. You may then be asked to take another deep breath in again. You will do this three times or more to make sure the results are accurate. You will then be given a medication (bronchodilator) to breathe in. The test would then be repeated to show if your lungs have responded to the medication.

How to prepare for the test:

  • Do not smoke for one hour before test
  • Do not drink alcohol within four hours of test
  • Do not eat a large meal within two hours of test
  • Please wear loose clothing
  • Do not perform vigorous exercise within 30 minutes of test
  • If you are on puffer medications, you may be asked to not take them for a few hours before spirometry. Ask your doctor (or the clinic) beforehand if this applies to you.
On Current Regime

This is the same procedure as the Pre & Post Bronchodilator test, with the addition of any inhaled medication that you have been prescribed.

For a spirometry test, a referral from a health care professional is required.

We offer a self-management program for people and their families who live with asthma or COPD.

You will meet individually with our RRT/CRE and can expect to discuss:

  • What is asthma/COPD?
  • How did I get asthma/COPD?
  • What are my inhaled medications? How do I use them properly? Why do I have them?
  • How to identify triggers that make breathing worse and plans on how to avoid them.
  • The use of an action plan to help give you the power to better manage your lung disease.
  • How to live with a lung disease.

A referral from a health care professional is recommended.

Puffer Teaching is offered as part of the self-management programs for people with lung diseases. It is also offered in combination with treatment for other illnesses requiring the use of Puffers and other inhaled medications.

Through meetings with our RRT/CRE you can expect to discuss:

  • What are my inhaled medications?
  • How do I use them properly?
  • Why do I have them?

The RRT/CRE offers education and support to patients using oxygen at home, and those who use CPAPs and related machines.

At visits with the RRT/CRE, patients can discuss concerns over home oxygen use, and receive instruction on best practices.

At visits with the RRT/CRE patients can also discuss obstructive sleep apnea concerns and receive education and support for their use of a CPAP machine.

To book an appointment with the RRT/CRE, please call the clinic at (705) 461-8882.