Community Health Centre
What is a Community Health Centre?
A Community Health Centre (CHC) is a non-profit, publicly funded organization that provides primary health care from a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, registered dietitians, social workers and community health workers. The multidisciplinary team ensures the patient gets the right care, at the right time, delivered by the most appropriate provider. The focus of a CHC is on health promotion, illness prevention, and community development.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides personalized, quality health care to patients. Ontario nurse practitioners provide a full range of health care services to individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings including hospitals and community based clinics in cities and smaller towns in Ontario. We work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals such as social workers, midwives, mental health professionals and pharmacists to keep you, your family and your community well.
- A nurse practitioner RN (EC) has certification and the special skills needed to:
- examine you
- diagnose and treat common illnesses/injuries
- prescribe certain medications
- order certain lab tests, x-rays and ultrasound
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About Our Community Health Centres
The Langs CHC and the North Dumfries Satellite CHC both offer a wide variety of primary health care services; our staff of physicians, nurse practitioners and health promotion professionals can be visited for regular family checkups, physical exams, treatment of illness, prenatal examinations, and other services such as breastfeeding consultations and access to midwives.
How to become a patient
Langs Community Health Centre:
The Langs CHC provides service to the residents of the Preston community of Cambridge who do not have a health care provider.
North Dumfries Satellite Community Health Centre:
The North Dumfries CHC provides service to the residents of North Dumfries Township including Ayr, Roseville, Branchton, Clyde, Drumbo, New Dundee and Plattsville.
Once eligibility is confirmed for either location, patients are added to a wait list. Individuals are then invited to attend an intake session at their CHC where they will learn about the services offered and patient’s rights and responsibilities. Patients will then be booked in for a ‘meet and greet appointment’ where they will meet and discuss their health care needs with a provider from their CHC.
Baby Friendly Initiative
The Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) is a global initiative started by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF in 1991. The goal of the BFI is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, and to support informed decision-making about infant feeding.
Langs is pursuing BFI designation. We promote exclusive breastfeeding and we welcome you to breastfeed at our site.
Booking your appointments
Each day, providers have a combination of same day and pre-booked appointments. Patients are asked to call for an appointment. Appointments are booked based on need. Your regular provider may not be available that day and you may need to be booked in with an alternative provider.
The North Dumfries Community Health Centre uses ‘same day appointment’ scheduling. All patients are asked to call the day they require an appointment and are available. Some appointments are booked ahead such as physicals examinations, prenatal, newborn/ well baby /child and patients with complex and chronic conditions.
For more information on Ontario’s CHC’s please visit www.aohc.org
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