I Need a Care Provider
When you have a new, non-emergency health concern, your family doctor or nurse practitioner is there for you
For our residents without access to a primary care provider, Health 811 (formerly Health Care Connect) can help you find a doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in your community.
From physical exams to complex illnesses
Our Primary Care Partners are there to support your health and wellness journey. Whether you need a referral to a specialist or are looking to access the many programs and services available to you, our partners are here every step of the way.
A team of health care professionals providing integrated care across health and community service providers in our region.
Frequently Asked Questions
Primary health care is the first point of contact between the patient and the health care system. Primary care focuses on the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, health promotion, and patient education, as well as disease prevention. It also provides patients with chronic disease management, maternity and child care, end-of-life care, management of mental health, and referrals to specialists.
In Ontario, Nurse Practitioners are authorized under legislation and regulations to independently:
- Complete a comprehensive health history and assessment;
- Formulate and communicate a diagnosis, taking a differential diagnosis into consideration;
- Prescribe all medications including controlled drugs and substances;
- Dispense, sell, and compound medications*;
- Set and cast fractures and dislocated joints*;
- Order and interpret all laboratory tests;
- Admit, treat and discharge patients from hospitals;
- Order some diagnostic imaging tests; and
- Consult with and refer directly to specialists.
*These services are dependent on community needs / resources
Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Family Health Teams provide more services and a wide range of health options.
Community Health Centres (CHCs) are non-profit organizations that provide primary health and health promotion programs for individuals, families and communities.
CHCs work with individuals, families and communities to strengthen their capacity to take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing. They provide education and advice on helping families access the resources they need from other community agencies.