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Victoria Health Centre

Services

Our Services

Medical Care—includes episodic/acute illness care, chronic disease management, and preventative care. Please request an appointment with one of our physicians (request appointment here). Note that this portal is for registered VHC patients only.

Chiropody / Foot Care—Our chiropodist is a trained specialist who assesses, treats and educates you about a variety of foot problems, including foot ulcers, thickened nails, ingrown toenails, infection, corns/calluses/warts, and foot pain. She also provides regular diabetic foot care. Please discuss a referral for the chiropodist with your family doctor.

Diabetic Education—Our diabetes educator teaches patients newly diagnosed with diabetes all about diabetes, including self blood-glucose monitoring, diet, signs and symptoms to watch out for, complications of diabetes, and information on medication. She also trains patients on self-administering insulin and how to adjust dosage of medication. To request a referral for teaching, please discuss with your doctor.

Dietitian Counseling—Our registered dietitian offers full dietary assessments, nutrition information, and counseling for those with chronic disease such as diabetes, kidney disease, malnutrition, eating disorders, poor weight gain in children, anorexia due to chemotherapy or cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and others. She also runs two classes on a regular basis, Healthy You (for patients interested in losing weight by eating healthily) and Heart Healthy (for those with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol problems). Please ask your physician for a direct referral to our dietitian.

Mental Health—Several mental health workers offer individual, couple and family counseling for a wide range of mental health concerns. They frequently work in concert with your family doctor. Ongoing support / educational programs in a small group, community-based setting are also frequently offered.

Nursing—Our nurse is trained in many facets of family medicine nursing care, including chronic disease management and education. We also have nursing assistants who assess you briefly when you visit your doctor. They are trained to do venipuncture and EKGs and they also set up specialist appointments or investigative procedures. Please ensure our office has a valid contact phone number and health card number when an appointment is being arranged.

Secretarial/Administration—We have a team of administrative support staff who ensure we provide you with excellent service. Please help us by notifying us of any change in your information, specifically phone number, address, or health card number changes. Advising us of your email address gives us another means of communicating with you.

Patient Requests: Notify us of Change of Address

Uninsured Services and Forms

Some services are not covered by OHIP. The payment for these services is your responsibility. However if payment causes undue hardship, please discuss with your family physician.

Services available include:

Replacement of Immunization card (yellow card):

$10

TB test (pre-employment), including letter:

$20

Back to school/work sick notes:

$20

Other notes for insurance purposes (eg. Massage)

$20

Wart removal on hands:

$20 per wart

Liquid nitrogen use for warts:

$10

Physical fitness forms for school/camp/fitness clubs:

$30

Travel Cancellation insurance forms:

$30

Transfer of records:first 5 pages

$30

per page thereafter

$1

Removal of benign skin lesions for cosmetic reasons:

$20-$40 (depends on complexity)

Visit for travel-related health concerns:

$35

Visit Fees for uninsured (no OHIP or out of province coverage):

 

Regular Visit:

$40

Complete physical examination:

$100

Travel-related immunizations, fee for administering shot:

$5 per vaccination

Complex notes or forms requested by employer:

$25-$150

(fee charged will reflect the complexity and time required)

Driver’s Medical Examination:

$75

Letter on behalf of patient:

$25-$150

(fee charged will reflect the complexity and time required)

Revenue Canada Disability Tax Credit Form:

$35

Private insurance illness/disability form:

$50-$200

(fee charged depends on the complexity and time required)

Medical-legal letters:

$100 and up

(depends on complexity and time required)

Fee for missed physical examination appointment (or any half hour scheduled appt) with less than 24 hours notice

$50

If you have any questions regarding the fee for one of the uninsured services above, please discuss with your physician.

News Alerts:

Flu shots:

We strongly recommend getting the flu shot every October or November to prevent influenza and its serious complications. Those at most risk are children and adults (including pregnant women) with chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, cardiac disorders, asthma, and morbid obesity (people with a body mass index greater than 40); residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities; people 65 years of age and older; healthy children 6 months to 5 years of age; aboriginal peoples; and healthy pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy. Please call our office to book an appointment for your flu shot.

New Cervical Screening Guidelines:

Cervical cancer screening is recommended every three years for all women starting at age 21 who are or ever have been sexually active, if they have never had an abnormal Pap test. Sexual activity includes intercourse, as well as digital or oral sexual activity involving the genital area with a partner of either gender. Women, who are not sexually active by 21 years of age, should delay cervical cancer screening until sexually active. Regardless of sexual history, there is no evidence to support screening women under 21 years of age. Based on the latest clinical evidence, cervical cancer screening every three years is effective. Pap tests can stop at age 70 in women who have had three or more normal tests in the prior 10 years.

However, if you have been treated for an abnormal Pap test in the past, these guidelines do not apply. Annual pap testing is still recommended for those treated for an abnormal test in the past. Please discuss with your physician if you are unsure about the screening interval which is best for you.

For further information
New Annual Health Screening:

As part of our efforts to contain health costs, we will be offering annual health screening to all our healthy adults age 18-64. This may mean you will not require a complete head-to-toe examination with routine testing, although we will discuss your health concerns, health maintenance strategies, and offer proven cancer screening tests (in line with Cancer Care Ontario guidelines), as well as screen for cardiovascular disease if indicated. Healthy patients with no chronic disease may choose a longer screening interval than annually, in conjunction with their family physician. All patients with chronic disease and those 65 years old and older should have an annual exam. We strongly encourage those 50 to 64 years of age to have an annual or at minimum biannual health screening exam. 16 and 17 year olds should have a screening exam as well, especially those considering going off to college/university.

Vaccines:

Ontario has added to the vaccine schedule for infants and children as well as adults. The new Rotavirus oral vaccine for infants between 6 and 24 weeks age, a second dose of chickenpox vaccine for children aged 1-11, and a whooping cough booster vaccine for adults age 19-64 is available. Please speak to us at your next office visit.

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New changes in Narcotics Prescribing:

As of Nov. 1st, 2011, all Ontarians are required by law to provide identification to their health care provider in order to receive a prescription narcotic or controlled substance medication. You will need to provide the same identification to the pharmacist in order to pick up the medication.

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