Closed Monday Oct 9 Thanksgiving Day Weekend

Our office is closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 for Thanksgiving Day Weekend.


After Hours Coverage
There is always a nurse on-call after office hours for our patients’ urgent problems. A doctor is available to assist when the need arises. When you phone our office after hours you will hear a message directing you to call the Telephone Health Advisory Service Nurse at 1-866-553-7205. The nurse will assess your problem over the phone and advise you. This may involve a call back from the doctor on-call if the severity of your medical problem requires it.

If you feel you have a life threatening emergency, please go directly to your nearest Emergency Department, or dial 911 for an ambulance.


Weekend Coverage
Our Saturday clinics are run by our on-call physician. This clinic is for urgent weekend problems only. It is not a walk-in clinic and you are asked to book an appointment by calling the office on Saturday morning, between 9 am and 12 noon.


New Mackenzie Health Urgent Care Clinic in Vaughan

If you have a non life-threatening illness or injury, the Urgent Care Clinic in Vaughan is now open, with emergency physicians, nurses and lab services available on-site.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 4pm to 10pm

Weekends/Holidays: 10am to 4pm

Location:

9401 Jane Street, north of Rutherford

directly across from AutoMall

Near Canada’s Wonderland and the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre.


Dr. Lydia Cheung is having a baby!

Dr. Lydia Cheung will be off on maternity leave as of October 31, 2017.

Her patients will be well taken care of by 2 fantastic physicians:

Dr. Grace Lun is covering her practice from November to December 2017.

Dr. Vivian Trinh will be covering from January through to May 2018.

Dr Lydia’s patients may continue to call our office to book medical appointments as needed.

 

 

 


Flu Shot Clinics Winter 2017-2018

Our flu shot clinic dates are as follows: (No appointment, walk-in for patients of Thornhill Medical)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 9-11:30am and 1-4pm

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 1-4pm and 5-7pm

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 1-4pm and 5-7pm

Please note that all flu shot clinics will be held at 18 Centre Street.

**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.

 


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.


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

 


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.