CMHA Durham Open House Showcases New Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IMPROVES for DURHAM RESIDENTS WITHOUT A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

On November 1, 2011, some 100 community and business leaders joined representatives of local health care agencies at an Open House at Canadian Mental Health Association Durham (CMHA Durham), receiving specially guided tours of the centre and its variety of services. Showcased on tours were the new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, which provides primary health care services to Durham Region residents who do not have a health care provider, and the new Healthy Living Program.

The Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is now accepting clients and their families. When fully operational, the Clinic is expected to serve approximately 1,600 Durham residents. The Clinic specializes in the provision of care to those with mental health challenges and is now accepting new clients who require a health care provider. Residents can call 905-436-9945 to schedule an appointment.

“It is important to note that the clinic will provide primary care and general health services, not only to those with mental health needs,” CMHA Durham CEO Linda Gallacher stressed during the tour. While the major focus of the organization is on mental health patients, “The clinic will serve any Durham resident who does not currently have a health care provider,” she adds.

The local clinic is staffed by two nurse practitioners, two registered nurses, two registered practical nurses and a case manager. Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners RN(EC) are registered nurses who have additional education and can provide services in disease and injury prevention, cure, rehabilitation and support.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and we hope people from all areas in Durham Region take advantage of it and use the clinic,” says Donna Andrade, Lead Nurse Practitioner, and one of the two Nurse Practitioners on Staff. CMHA Durham Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic nurses, and nurse practitioners, promote a holistic view of health care by focusing on both physical and mental health.

On October 31st, CMHA Durham also officially launched its new Healthy Living Program. This program provides educational services to people with mental health issues and their families. It is staffed by a team of dedicated health professionals

For additional information, please contact:
Christina Papadopoulos
Health Promotion, Public Relations Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association Durham
905.436.8760, ext. 107 christinap@cmhadurham.org
www.durham.cmha.ca