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Bonnie is retiring

Many of you know Bonnie, either by face or phone. Bonnie has been working at Thornhill Medical Centre as one of  our registered nurses for over 11 years. We have been touched by her warmth, compassion, hard work and dedication. We are so grateful for all the years of service she has given to support our patients, our fellow staff members and our physicians. She has been a fantastic member of our team!

Bonnie, we will truly miss you and wish you all the best in retirement.


Flu Shot Clinics Winter 2018-2019

Our flu shot clinics will be starting later in the Fall 2018. Please check back in October for updates. 

 

**PLEASE BE AWARE PARKING IS LIMITED**

Consider walking, public transit, taxi service or parking in the nearby public park north of our office (along Old Yonge Street).

There will be a designated nurse for flu shot clinic, so your time spent in the office will be short. The clinic is ONLY for your flu shot. The nurse at the flu shot clinics will not be able to give you other vaccines or injections. If you have non-flu shot related questions or need to see your doctor, please schedule a regular appointment.

The above clinics are for registered patients of Thornhill Village Family Health Organization only. Unfortunately, we are only allotted vaccine in amounts to serve the population 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 the Health Myself Portal stating that you had the flu shot so that we can make a note in your chart.

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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 <5 years old, pregnant women, those aged 65 and over, and those with chronic medical conditions.

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 fall for your flu shot! If you have more detailed questions, please discuss these with our nurse or your doctor.

 


Prescription Refill Reminders and Fragrance-Free Office

Please be aware of your prescription refill needs each time you come to see your physician in person. Ask your physician for enough refills till you are next expected to be seen in the office.

The volume of faxed prescription renewals and urgency of these requests are becoming problematic. Please assist by noting your refill needs early.  There is a 5 day turnaround for fax prescription renewals. Your pharmacist may be able to advance you a few days’ supply if urgently required for some types of medications.

We would also like to remind our patients that we are a fragrance-free office. Thank you for your consideration.


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.  Once you are registered, you will also receive automatic appointment reminders by email and occasional updates about our office hours and policies.

If you have NOT received your invitation, please call us to let us know. 905-889-3634

If you have changed your email address, please login to Health Myself to update your settings.

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


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Congratulations Dr. Nick Voudouris

We are extremely proud to announce that our very own Dr. Nicholas Voudouris has been awarded the Order of Vaughan. This award is the highest honour in the City of Vaughan, and presented to those individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to this community.  Congratulations, Nick!

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Dietician On Site

Welcome Back, Daniella Wolf. Daniella is a registered dietician who is available to see patients on Wednesdays at Thornhill Medical Centre, by self- referral or physician referral. Her services are covered by some insurance plans.

You can contact her directly at

Telephone:    416.569.0873

Email:       daniella@foodfitforyou.com

By appointment only.


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.


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.