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Now Accepting New Patients

We are excited to introduce Dr. Michel Beausoleil,  the newest family physician on our health care team.

Michel completed his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario. He then completed his Medical degree at the University of Toronto. He did his Family Practice residency training at UHN Toronto Western Hospital. During residency, he did a rotation at Thornhill Medical Centre, and now he is joining us in September 2016.

He works part-time: Tuesday morning, Tuesday evenings, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr. Beausoleil is still accepting new patients.

Are you looking for a family physician? 

**Please email us info@tmcdocs.info with the following information:

Your name, your contact phone number, your age, city where you live, why you are looking for a family doctor, and any other details you wish us to know.

If we are able to take you on as a new patient, we will contact you within 1 month of receiving your inquiry.


Shingles Vaccine Publicly Funded for Seniors

The Ministry of Health is now funding Shingles vaccine for Seniors aged 65 to 70 years old.

Contact our office if you are interested in receiving the Shingles vaccine. If you have already received the Shingles vaccine once, you do not need another one.

The Shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is also available to patients outside of this age range, for those over age 50. The cost is 200$. Please inquire with our reception if you are interested.

More info

 


Get your Flu Shot- Book an appointment

Our flu shot clinics are now over. You can still get your flu shot. Please call to book an appointment with our nurse. 

Unfortunately, we are only allotted vaccine in amounts to serve the patietns we see. Family members not registered with us should receive their shots from their own Family Physician, or from a Public Health clinic location in the area. Flu shots are offered free from the Ministry of Health in many different locations.

Should you receive a flu shot elsewhere, please call our office or send us an email thru Health Myself Portal stating that you had the shot so that we can make a note in your chart.

Flumist nasal spray is now available for children/youth. Those with egg allergy are now allowed to have Flumist. Flumist nasal spray is now considered equivalent to flu injection in terms of effectiveness. (Last year, Flumist was recommended over the injection for healthy children age 2-6 years old). If you would like the Flumist nasal spray for your child/youth, please call our office to book an appointment. 

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More info on the flu shot:

The physicians at Thornhill Village Family Health Organization have always taken great pride in offering our patients the fullest range of preventative care services. And now that the fall season is upon us, we’re writing to remind you of an extremely important aspect of illness prevention: vaccination against Influenza. On average in Canada, the chance of developing Influenza in any given year is one in six. Although many consider influenza to be a minor illness, in fact in high risk individuals (those over 65 years of age, diabetics, patients with asthma, chronic lung disease, immune system suppression or cancer), it may be a life threatening problem. Luckily, we can drastically reduce the impact yearly Influenza outbreaks and possibly a flu pandemic may have on ourselves and our community through yearly vaccination. Flu vaccine is offered to all residents of Ontario, but is highly recommended for those in your age bracket.

Let’s explore some of the myths and realities of the flu vaccine.

MYTH: “Sometimes, when I take a flu shot it gives me the flu.”
REALITY: A few years ago, before Influenza vaccine was switched from a live virus to a killed virus, it was possible to get a mild flu-like illness after receiving it. This is much less likely with our current vaccine. In fact, in placebo-controlled trials, those who received the flu vaccine had fewer side-effects than those who received an injection of sterile saline. Side-effects are almost all local, at the site of injection, from the needle itself.

MYTH: “Last year, I had a flu shot and was sick all winter.”
REALITY: Until H1N1 hit , there was a hiatus of major influenzal activity in our community. Other respiratory illnesses were quite common, though, and are frequently called “the flu” by mistake. Influenza vaccine does not protect against, or make more likely, the common cold or other viral illnesses. Hand washing does. Do this regularly or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer when you can’t wash, stay greater than four feet away from people who are ill, and your winter will be a better one!

MYTH: “It’s better to get the illness naturally to boost my immunity, than be vaccinated.”
REALITY: This is not true. Immunity is available from both, but getting the flu naturally may be a significant risk to your health. It may lead to pneumonia, secondary infections, and in a few cases, death.

MYTH: “There are chemicals in vaccinations that are harmful or may make me allergic.”
REALITY: Preservatives in vaccinations have never been shown to be harmful to humans, even after hundreds of millions of doses have been used. The only contraindication to vaccination is a true allergic reaction to eggs (exceptionally rare).

 

We are looking forward to seeing you this winter for your flu shot! If you have more detailed questions, please discuss these with our nurse or your doctor.

 


Don’t Forget your Health Card

Don’t Forget Your Health Card!
Please present your Health Card at every visit. It is important to ensure that your Health Card is valid by checking the expiry date. For more information, please visit ServiceOntario.

**INVALID HEALTH CARDS WILL BE CHARGED $70.00 DEPOSIT PER VISIT UNTIL A NEW HEALTH CARD IS ISSUED. THE DEPOSIT WILL THEN BE REFUNDED AFTER PROOF OF RENEWAL AND VALIDITY FOR DATE OF SERVICE.**

There are some services that may not be covered by your Health Card/OHIP. For more details, view our Uninsured Services information page.

You will need to replace your RED AND WHITE HEALTH CARD with a photo health card if:

  • you have received a notice in the mail from Service Ontario
  • a health provider told you that there is something wrong with your card
  • it is lost, stolen, or damaged, or
  • your name has changed

To obtain a photo health card, visit a Service Ontario location with the appropriate documents.

You can book an appointment to convert your health card at any Service Ontario locations.


E-booking and Secure Email

We are inviting all our patients to participate in our Health Myself portal. This is a website to allow online appointment bookings and is a secure way to get messages out to our patients.  If you have not received your invitation, or have changed your email contact information, please call or email us to let us know.

If you have trouble remembering your password, use the “Tech Support” button within the Health Myself website for assistance.


Health Myself Patient Portal Login


Parking Limited

Please be aware that parking at our office is very limited. Allow yourself extra time prior to your visit.

Consider walking, public transit, taxi service or parking in the nearby public park north of our office (along Old Yonge Street). Short term parking may also be available on nearby side streets.


Appointments with Nurses

Please call to book an appointment with the nurse for your injections, dressing changes or other usual nursing visits. Nursing appointments can be booked Monday thru Thursday.

 

Due to volume, we are no longer able to accommodate walk-in patients.  If you walk-in, you may be asked to return at a later time with an appointment. We apologize for any inconvenience.