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What is a Family Health Team (FHT)?

A Family Health Team is an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to co-ordinate the highest possible quality of care for you - the patient. Designed to give doctors support from other complementary professionals, the Timmins Family Health Team consists of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who work collaboratively, each utilizing their experience and skills so that you receive the very best care, when you need it, as close to home as possible.

What will Family Health Teams mean to me as a patient?

Family Health Teams are patient centred and you will have access to a number of primary health care services from a variety of team members, including your family doctor. For example:  

  • Your family doctor will continue to see you during regular office hours.
  • You will have access to other health care professionals within the Family Health Team: nurse practitioners, nurses, dieticians, social worker, health promoter, child psychologist, and a pharmacist.
  • If you need assistance after-hours, you can telephone the Family Health Team Telephone Health Advisory Service where a registered nurse will provide advice about your urgent health care concerns.
  • The services will be local - based either in the office with your Family Physician or nearby in the same town.
  • Group programs to address common health issues or for treatments that can be run in the community will be facilitated by FHT staff located in local sports and leisure facilities, libraries, pharmacies or other easy to attend locations
What are some of the programs and services the Family Health Team provides?

Our list of programs and services is found here.