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Stress Management Workshop

Come to our two-part workshop designed to give you simple and effective strategies for reducing and preventing stress.

Workshop Goals
1) Help patients identify signs and symptoms of stress
2) Learn stress management strategies to help address current stressors. Strategies will include relaxation techniques, communication skills and goal setting.

When and Where:
Date: Tuesday February 21 and 28
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free to patients at Greenbelt Family Health Team

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Globe and Mail: The soul-destroying search for a family doctor

Gloria Galloway, Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 4:00PM EDT
Click here to read the article at www.theglobandmail.com

A story of the author’s difficulty in finding a family physician.

“…Then, early one morning, my brother-in-law who works at a hospital slipped a flyer into my mailbox. It announced that a new clinic with eight family physicians and other health professionals would be opening in Barrhaven – 17 kilometres from my house, and just as far from my office. But I was game.

The first registration session was scheduled for 10 a.m. last Saturday. I got there at the appointed time, and there were already hundreds of people in line. We were given numbers and told that, even if we left, we were assured of getting a family doctor. No one budged. The stakes were too high…”

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EMC News: A family health team made possible by a provincial grant will be opening the doors to its new Barrhaven clinic this August.

From EMC Nepean/Barrhaven.
© 2009 – 2011 Nepean/Barrhaven EMC.
Read article on www.ottawacommunitynews.com

A team of eight local doctors, who plan to increase their numbers to an eventual 12, will be registering patients on Aug. 13 and 20 in advance of the Aug. 26 opening.

The opening of the 11,000 square foot Greenbelt Family Health Team at 3500 Fallowfield Road will also complete the rejuvenation of the once nearly abandoned mall, in the last two years the former grocery store-anchored mall has had new life breathed into it with the opening of the Barrhaven Legion and the new and expanded Beer Store.

Dr. Roozbeh Matin, who formerly worked in emergency medicine at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, explained how the group of young doctors had reached the point in their lives where they wanted to operate a private practice.

“The provincial grant was during the last wave of family health teams announced by the government last year,” said Matin. “We got our grant and got busy buying the site and retrofitting the space.”

As young physicians without former patients, Matin said he and the rest of the staff are free to take on their maximum capacity of patients. Once fully staffed, he estimates the clinic will be able to serve 15,000 registered patients.

A variety of ancillary services will be available to patients registered at the clinic.

“The grant will allow us to provide nurse practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, dieticians, and create health programs that are community-specific through market research,” said Matin, adding they will be gearing towards the pediatric population due to the number of young families in the Barrhaven community.

“We’re in talks with a lab that will be connected with us, and are also speaking with regional hospitals to offload some of their needs.”

Another team member, Dr. Kristy Staples, said the location offers enough space to offer ancillary services on-site to serve patients better, rather than refer them to a second location.

“The funding allows us to have them on site,” she said.

Colleague Dr. Caitlin Schwartz added, “not everything will be available at the very beginning, but it will expand.”

Because the clinic will not treat off-the-street patients, residents who feel they could use their services are encouraged to sign up for a doctor.

“We’ll be doing two registering blitzes on Aug. 13 and 20 at 75 Larkin Drive,” said Matin, referring to the Larkin Park fieldhouse. “You can also pre-register online now, but actual registration forms will be available on those two dates as well as on opening day and afterwards.”

The sign for the clinic went up last week, adding to the pre-opening excitement of the team of doctors. A party will be held on-site for the ribbon-cutting on Aug. 26, with the first patients being seen on Aug. 29.

“I’m super excited – not only in the community underserved (with medical care), it’s also constantly expanding,” said Matin. “We think we can serve the community very well.”

swillems@theemc.ca

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