Programs & Services
The Central Lambton FHT “Diabetes Management” program has been developed to improve the patient’s health and to assist patients in having a controlled and managed disease. The Central Lambton FHT diabetic nurse and dietitian are trained in the diabetes Clinical Practice Guidelines and work collaboratively with your doctor or nurse practitioner. The program is developed around regularly scheduled visits where the nurse or dietitian review and record the recommended aspects of a diabetes patient’s health. These visits may also include patient education in areas such as: glucose control, meter use, hypoglycemia, taking medications, healthy eating, foot care, and more. This regular monitoring, in conjunction with the care provided by your doctor, supports patients in managing their diabetes.
Central Lambton FHT also offers group education programs to assist in preventing and managing your diabetes.
The STOP Program is a province-wide initiative that delivers smoking cessation treatment and counseling support to eligible Ontario smokers who wish to quit smoking. Our approach is to use the existing healthcare infrastructure as well as new and innovative means to reach smokers from our practice. The program includes a robust research component that evaluates the effectiveness of these various methods of delivering smoking cessation treatment support to smokers across Ontario.
Well-validated research studies have shown that using medications such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patch, gum, lozenge, and inhaler can double the chances of quitting smoking. In addition to reaching smokers directly, the STOP Program works in partnerships with community and regional healthcare organizations to make smoking cessation medication and behavioural support available free of charge to patients and clients of these organizations.
The Chiropodist collaborates with the CLFHT doctors and our interdisciplinary team to provide a full range of quality foot care to the CLFHT clients experiencing chronic diseases, complex multi-system diseases. Services include assessment and treatment of acute pathological foot conditions, surgical procedures, and preventive and palliative foot care.
An assessment can help to distinguish normal age-related memory problems, memory problems related to mood (anxiety/depression) and those which may be related to an underlying organic cause such as dementia.
An assessment can identify potentially treatable conditions, such as depression or medical problems, which can cause memory difficulties. If the assessment suggests a possible dementia, then the findings can be used when consulting with your doctor.
If you’re on a blood thinning medication, your blood clotting time (INR) needs to be monitored regularly to ensure that your medication dosage is safe and effective.
This service is available to the Central Lambton FHT patients who are currently taking Warfarin or have been advised by their primary care provider to start taking Warfarin. Regular testing of the INR (International Normalized Ratio) is required for the safe and effective use of Warfarin. Patients will be required to visit the lab for regular blood tests. Ongoing counseling and education will be provided on the safe use of Warfarin, including drug and dietary interactions.
Nutrition counseling is provided by a Registered Dietitian (RD), and is available by referral from Family Physician, Nurse Practitioner or by self- referral by patients of CLFHT.
RDs are the recognized nutrition experts in Canada and are regulated by the College of Dietitians to provide evidence-based and ethical care to patients and their families. They have an in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition and integrate this knowledge from other areas including clinical care, health education and management.
The FHT RD works closely with Family Physicians and other Allied Health professionals to provide nutrition and lifestyle support for various health concerns. Services offered by the dietitian include:
- Heart health & diabetes nutrition
- Achieving a healthy weight
- Digestive health counseling, including IBS & celiac disease
- Sports nutrition
- Family health, and much more
Central Lambton Family Health Team (CLFHT) social work program provides short term counselling for those experiencing challenges in their life. The focus of the program is to encourage and motivate the patient to work on their identified goals/
skills to improve their own wellbeing.
ACCESSING OUR COUNSELLING SERVICES:
Patients of Dr. Al-Dhaher, Dr. Butler, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Daniel, Dr. Lam, Dr. Mall, Dr. Riedl, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Wang can self-refer.
Due to the high demand for counselling services and limited resources, we ask patients access all outside options for counselling first. Some employee benefit programs provide coverage for counselling services, this is called EAP. Patients are required exhaust their EAP prior to accessing CLFHT counselling services.
Patients receiving Ontario Works (OW) are required to access the free counselling offered through OW prior to accessing CLFHT counselling services. Please contact your OW caseworker to learn more. Family Counselling Centre also offers subsidized counselling for individuals with low income or those receiving Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP).
Social work focuses on strengths, supports, and resources as it helps people (individuals, couples, families, groups) of all ages and backgrounds to find solutions to life’s day-to-day issues including but not limited to:
- Stress, Anxiety, and Adjustment Disorders
- Sadness, Depression, Grief, and Loss
- Relationships (home, work, school)
- Anger and Emotions Management
- Parenting, Separation, and Divorce
Health Promotion is an important part of FHT. The Central Lambton FHT has a dedicated Health Promotion Nurse working in this area.
Health promoters are involved in disease prevention and chronic disease management program planning, management and evaluation. They work with an interdisciplinary team to facilitate various programs. The goal is a proactive, patient-centered approach that empowers patients to take greater responsibility for their own health.
Regular immunization is an ongoing part of patient care at the Central Lambton FHT. Immunization against disease helps in the prevention of disease and most immunizations can be performed in your physician’s office. You or your family can also get immunized at your local Public Health Unit.
Childhood immunizations can be administered at your family physician’s office. The publicly funded immunization schedule for children is updated regularly. A child’s Immunization Record is maintained by Public Health and information about how to report your child’s immunization information is available on their website.
Additional immunization is available to adults and to prepare for travel to a foreign country. Contact your family physician you need or have questions about these immunizations, fees may apply.
Seasonal influenza vaccination begins in the fall, typically October or November, as vaccine is made available through Public Health. Patients can receive their influenza vaccine either at the CLFHT office, or through our centralized through clinics organized by the CLFHT.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, affects one in five Canadians and is often called the silent killer because you may not know it is there. The CLFHT has developed a hypertension program based on best practice guidelines that provides clients with the tools to manage or prevent high blood pressure. By identifying and providing clients with the skills necessary to manage their hypertension, clients will be able to reduce the risk of developing further cardiovascular complications.
Our program offers:
- Blood pressure monitoring for; newly diagnosed clients, at risk clients, stabilized clients and client needing assessment
- Home and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring + education on proper techniques
- lifestyle and self-management education
- Risk factor identification
- Review of medication
- Blood pressure machine calibration
Clients can be referred by their health care provider or they can self-refer to this program. Call our office and book an appointment with one of our nurses for a blood pressure check. (Quick assessment)