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Important Notice!!!

COVID-19 Updates

 Please see the Simcoe Muskoka District Health units website for information and updates on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)coronavirus barrie

Dear Barrie Community Health Centre Community,

We would like to provide an important update regarding our current COVID-19 strategy. Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our clients, staff and community members. Below is a list of precautionary measures being taken by our clinic:

Alternate Assessment Centre

The COVID-19 alternate assessment centre is being held in one portion of the Community Health Centre. If you do need to come to the BCHC for an appointment you will enter through the front door, where you will be greeted by members of the BCHC team. The patients for the alternate assessment centre will be entering through the community room door.

Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday 8am - 8pm.


BCHC Group Programs

  • The BCHC has postponed all in-person group programs and workshops until further notice.

BCHC Services Available

  • Social Work – All one-on-one social work counselling appointments will be conducted via phone. Same day appointments are also being provided. To access services, ask your family physician or nurse
  • practitioner to send a counselling referral on your behalf or call reception at 705-734-9690
  • Physiotherapy – All physiotherapy appointments have been cancelled at this time and wellness checks will be completed by phone from the Physiotherapists as needed
  • Dietitian – All appointments will be conducted via phone or video conferencing.
  • Diabetes– All appointments will be conducted via phone or in person if requested by the patient. All patients will be actively screened for COVID-19.
  • Virtual Visits-Some appointments are being made available through e-visits or OTN via the desktop computer. In person OTN visits are temporarily not being scheduled.

Primary Care Appointments

  • If you need to book an appointment with your Physician, Nurse Practitioner or the clinic Nurse, all bookings must be done over the phone. The BCHC will not be open to walk-ins seeking an appointment, as we will be doing active screening prior to each appointment.
  • Your request for an appointment will be triaged to determine if the appointment can be handled over the phone, using video technology or if an in-person, face-to-face visit is required.
  • If you are scheduled for an in-person appointment, you will be screened for COVID-19 at the time of booking and again on-site at the point of entry for your appointment.
  • If you have an appointment scheduled at the BCHC and develop COVID-19 symptoms prior to the day of your appointment, please DO NOT COME TO THE BCHC and call the clinic at 705-734-9690 to inform reception of the change in your health.


Self-Assessment Screening Tool

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, please use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.

COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

We know this is a stressful time, but we are here to provide care and support to you and your family. Please visit our website at www.bchc.ca for regular updates. Together, we will get through this! Stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely, The Barrie Community Health Centre team
Christine Colcy
CEO

About

What is the Barrie Community Health Centre?

The Barrie Community Health Centre (BCHC) is a publicly funded resource that offers community-focused health promotion, illness prevention and primary health care services, encouraging personal responsibility for one’s own health and that of the community.


Our Team Includes:

Community Health Workers, Health Promoters, Nurses, Support Staff, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Physicians, Physiotherapists, Registered Dietitians, Diabetes Educators, Midwives, and You

Community Health Centres (CHCs) are non-profit organizations funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care/Local Health Integration Network that provide primary health and health promotion programs for individuals, families and communities. A health centre is established and governed by an elected board of directors.

CHCs work with individuals, families and communities to strengthen their capacity to take more responsibility for their health and well being. They provide education and advice on helping families access the resources they need from other community agencies. CHCs work together with others on health promotion initiatives within schools, in housing developments, and in the workplace.

The BCHC has now completed the annual Strategic Planning refresh with the Board endorsing the continued focus on the 2014-2017 strategic themes through to 2020.

Our vision:
A healthy and engaged community 

Our mission:
BCHC “encourages personal responsibility for one’s own health and that of the community through health promotion, illness prevention, chronic disease management and integrated primary health care” 

Milestones Community Health Centre:
A Major Step forward in Health Care

 

March 7, 1986 – First meeting of the Citizens’ Committee on Community Health.

March 26, 1986 – Public meeting addressed by Dr. Doug Sider of the Parkdale Community Health Centre, Toronto.

April 3, 1986 – At the Ontario Medical Association panel the chairman of the Citizens’ Committee on Community Health was an invited participant along with representatives of the OMA, the government, Progressive Conservatives and the Nurses’ Association.

As a Client of the BCHC, you have the right to:

  • Be treated in a kind, dignified and respectful manner
  • Receive care without discrimination as to race, ethnic group, age, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation
  • Be informed about all available services (see our website bchc.ca or BCHC Program Guide)
  • Expect that all information about your care and services provided will be kept private according to the law. Information gathered from you throughout the course of your care or involvement with the Centre will be subject to the rules of confidentiality as well as the Privacy Code (see Awareness of and agreement to Confidentiality Policy, Limits to Confidentiality Policy and Privacy Code).
  • Be given information in a way you understand. If you visit for the purpose of receiving clinical attention, you have a right to understand the types of care provided before you receive care.
  • Consent to assessment and treatment based on information about the care including the pros and cons as well as associated costs.

POLICY STATEMENT:

The Barrie Community Health Centre (BCHC) expects its employees, volunteers, students, contractors, consultants and board members to demonstrate ethical, responsible, respectful and lawful conduct.  All employees, volunteers, students, contractors and consultants are expected to conduct business related to BCHC in an environment free from discrimination and harassment.

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