Retiring Nurses Martha and Gail

Most of you have met our spectacular nurses at Thornhill Medical Centre. Martha has been with us for 11 years and Gail 7 years. We are incredibly grateful for their many years of exceptional and compassionate service to our patients. We wish them all the best in their retirement.

If you would like to send a note to them, please feel free to email our office and we can forward your well wishes on to them.

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COVID-19 Vaccine- York Region Residents

York region residents, who are age 12 years and up, are invited to book online appointments for the COVID vaccine (Pfizer/Moderna) at Mass Immunization Clinics or Selected Pharmacies. Please ask friends or family to assist you if you are having difficulty.  

York Region residents, age 70 years and up, are now invited to book their second dose. Others who had their first dose on or before May 9 are now invited to book their second dose. (effective Jun 14, 2021)

Please get your second dose as soon as you are eligible!

The Astra Zeneca vaccine is not available at this time for FIRST dose. Those who had their first dose of Astra Zeneca are now eligible to book their second dose of AZ or Pfizer/Moderna at 8 weeks or later (effective Jun 14, 2021)

Do you have questions about whether to get a second AZ dose or have a second dose as Pfizer or Moderna? (“Vaccine Mixing”). This option is now available. Please ask your doctor if you have questions.

York Region Residents Booking Link 

You can also follow Vaccine Hunters (@VaxHuntersCan) on Twitter for pop-up sites or sites that have extra vaccine at the end of their day.

Also bookings are available on the Ontario Provincial Booking Site

York Region Residents Booking Link 

To prepare for the COVID vaccine, please inform yourself with these documents/videos

**If you know a senior who is eligible, please reach out to  them to offer assistance with online booking and/or transportation**. Family and Friends can book for others. Proof of age and address are required at the time of appointment. Walk-in appointments are not available. Appointments are refreshed daily, so keep checking online.

Ontario Wide Provincial Booking System (includes all regions and pharmacies)

If you need assistance booking, call: 1-844-301-8080

If you have a red and white health card, please call to book. You may not have access to online booking.

Earlier Second Dose Bookings: If you are eligible for an earlier second dose (see online booking criteria), please ask your treating specialist for a medical note prior to your vaccine appointment.

Residents are asked to not visit the vaccination clinic without an appointment, as they will be turned away.

All vaccine clinic locations are accessible facilities with accessible parking and public washrooms. A mask is required when entering the clinics and physical distancing must be maintained from others attending the clinic. Those receiving a vaccine are asked to wear a short sleeve shirt for easy access to your upper arm to receive the vaccine.

Those with any health concerns related to receiving the vaccine are encouraged to speak with their health-care provider before booking an appointment. 

For those seniors who live in East York Region, and require assistance with car transportation to  COVID Vaccination site: CHATS iRIDE transportation program is available. CHATS will do their best to arrange a drive for you, based on availability.  Please call at least 48 hours in advance.  More information about CHATS can be found at www.chats.on.ca. or Call 1-844-IRIDE-01 (1-844-474-3301).  

Click here for a volunteer service that offers assistance to Markham Resident Seniors with COVID vaccine bookings and transportation. 

The vaccine will NOT be given at our office, at this stage. 

Now is a good time to register for Health Myself for our email blasts, if not already. Please email us if you are interested in registering for the Health Myself Portal.

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If you have questions about whether you can receive the vaccine or which one, please inquire with your family doctor or specialist directly. 

To prepare for the COVID vaccine, please inform yourself with these documents/videos



COVID-19 Vaccine for Toronto and Other Regions

Please keep checking back often for more updated information. Local news will also have up to date information about eligibility. Ontario residents over the age of 70 years old or who had their first dose on or before May 9 in hot spots are now eligible to book their second COVID vaccine dose.

Please be sure to get your second dose as soon as you are eligible!

The Astra Zeneca Vaccine is not available at this time for FIRST dose

Those who had their first dose AZ can now book their second dose AZ or Pfizer/Moderna at 8 weeks or later. (effective Jun 14, 2021)

Do you have questions about whether to get a second AZ dose or have a second dose as Pfizer or Moderna? (“Vaccine Mixing”). This option is now available. Please ask your doctor if you have questions.

Keep checking on sites as more availabilities are refreshed periodically.

York Region Resident -see separate post for more detailed information

Toronto Hospital and Regional Public Health Sites

Toronto City Immunization Clinics

You can also follow Vaccine Hunters on Twitter for pop-up sites or sites that have extra vaccine at the end of their day.

Ontario Wide Online Booking System (includes all sites and Pharmacy locations- Age 12 years and up).

Peel Region

Durham Region

Halton Region

Simcoe/Muskoka Region

Earlier Second Dose Bookings: If you are eligible for an earlier second dose (see online booking criteria), please ask your treating specialist for a medical note prior to your vaccine appointment.



Grief and Loss During COVID:

Loss During COVID: a 6 week virtual support group for Adults who have lost a loved one in the past year. As part of this virtual group, you will have the opportunity to share your grief story in a supportive environment as well as discuss and learn new coping strategies. This is a closed group and participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Free, Starting Thursday May 20 12-130pm Zoom. Register Here.

A support group for adults who are expecting the death of a loved one: This 6 week virtual group provides participants with psychoeducation, counselling and peer support. Each Session is 1.5 hour.

Week 1: Understanding Anticipatory Grief, Week 2: Self care and coping better, Week 3: Self care and coping better II, Week 4: Meeting our Grief with self-compassion, Week 5: Creating purposeful Grief, Week 6: Using Grief to expand and Connect

Sessions start May 3, 2021 via Zoom, Cost $50.

Good Grief Healing Website 647-691-5009

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Bookings for Physicals

We are not booking in-person Physicals at this time.

Please book a virtual appointment with your doctor to discuss over phone or video.

We are transitioning to a virtual “periodic health review”, that can be initiated with a remote appointment. Your doctor will be able to order screening tests (eg blood, mammogram, other) if needed. During this visit, your doctor will also let you know if an in-person consultation is required to complete the review. Thank you.



School Immunizations for Grade 7-8 students in York Region

Students who are missing school administered vaccines due to COVID or are due this year to have vaccines will now need to book appointments with our clinic. Public Health Clinics are no longer administering these vaccines. Please call us if your child requires these vaccines, and we will make arrangements to get the vaccines from Public Health.



Dr. Voudouris marks 30 Years at Thornhill Medical

Dr. Voudouris joined Thornhill Medical Centre in November 1990—at the time joining Drs. Peter Morse, Ed Pamenter and Brian Kirsh, and replacing Dr. Glen Mullen, who was departing.

Dr. Voudouris earned his Medical Degree at the University of Calgary, then did his residency training at North York General and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Before landing and settling at Thornhill Medical Centre, he spent 3 years providing medical care in small communities in Ontario, and the Northwest Territories (where he also took the night shift as DJ/host of the local radio!!).

Since 1990, Thornhill Medical has seen great change, with the retirement of the original physicians, and the addition of new ones as we have grown—we are now 9 physicians strong. Dr Voudouris has been a steady presence through each evolution of TMC.

Dr. Nick, as many patients fondly call him, has managed a busy medical practice, but has also been able to pursue his passion of world travel. Somehow, he also managed to complete the EMBA program at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, graduating 2003 with distinction!  He has remained on active staff at Mackenzie Health (formerly York Central Hospital), and has held leadership roles on the Foundation and the Medical Staff. He is Past Chair of the Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill Foundation, and currently Physician Lead for Community Engagement and Chief of Surgical Assistants at Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill Hospital.  He has been involved in the planning and development of the new Vaughan site of Mackenzie Health.

Dr. Nick has the same energy and enthusiasm as he did when he arrived 30 years ago at TMC.

His patients, the staff, and his medical colleagues can attest to his unending curiosity, and drive to make things better. He has shown his dedication and commitment, and mentored many younger colleagues in the greater medical community.

Thank you Nick for 30 years!  You are truly part of the foundation of Thornhill Medical Centre.

We are proud of your accomplishments, and the work you have done and continue to do at Mackenzie Health.

Cheers!

Roy Blachowitz, Janet Morse, Stella Arbitman, Colleen Cheung, Robin Rosen, Garway Wong, Lydia Cheung, Michel Beausoleil



Shingrix Vaccine for Seniors age 65-70

The Ministry of Health has newly announced that it will be funding the 2- dose shingles vaccine (SHINGRIX), starting late 2020 for those currently age 65 years old to 70 years old (and age 71 year olds can also receive if prior to Dec 2021).

Please contact our office if you would like to have this vaccine.

If you are outside of this age category, and would like to proceed with getting SHINGRIX though private pay, please call our office to book an appointment with our nurse. The cost is 300$.

Patients who have received Zostavax (the older Shingles vaccine, one dose only) covered thru the Ministry of Health are NOT eligible for Shingrix through the Minstry of Health, but may choose to pay for Shingrix.

Patients who have already received Shingrix 2-dose series do not need to have it again.

If you have questions, please contact your doctor.



COVID-19 Office changes and Remote Appointments

If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.

Do not delay treatment for emergencies, but please do not use the Emergency room as a walk-in clinic.

We are still assisting our patients remotely- by phone or video appointments and through our health myself portal. We are also seeing some patients in person, when needed with booked appointments. We are not taking walk-in appointments.

We have made some significant changes to our policies and procedures at our office. The intention of these changes is to ensure that we are working together to optimize health and safety of patients, their families, staff and our community.  

Please call us at 905-889-3634 with any pressing concern that does not require Emergency Room type care. You can also message us through the Health Myself Portal if it is a non-urgent issue. Health Myself messages are checked during regular weekday daytime hours. We will try to manage your problem remotely as best possible for the time being.

We will need to defer routine physicals and other non-essential appointments. We are reducing all visits in the office, effective immediately. A nurse or doctor will speak directly with you, and decide whether an in-office appointment is required. Some visits, for example, well baby visits and prenatal visits will be booked at times to avoid other patient traffic in the office.

Arriving to the office for a pre-booked appointment: Please call from your car/parking lot to announce your arrival. We will direct you when to enter the building.

Please complete the COVID questionnaire 1 day prior to coming for your in-person appointment.

All patients will be asked to wear a mask for the entire duration of their visit in the office. If you have your own mask from home, please wear it in our office.

We ask that you come alone into the office, or have only one parent accompany an infant/child into the office. Please refrain from bringing strollers and carseats into the office.

We will be asking you to sanitize your hands on entering the building. Our nurses and doctors will be wearing additional protective gear for your visit.

Additional cleaning of exam rooms after EACH patient visit (over and beyond our usual procedures) is being undertaken.

If you need prescription refills, please ask your pharmacy to fax us a renewal request. Renewal requests can take up to 5 days’ turnaround. If you are urgently needing a refill, please ask your pharmacist to advance you some till your doctor can refill your script.

Online Health Myself appointment bookings for phone appointments are now available.

Please ALWAYS CALL before coming in to the office. We are open but our doors are locked. We wish to discourage walk-ins during this time.

ALERT the clinic staff when you call for an appointment of any fever or respiratory symptoms, any recent travel, and any possible COVID-19 contact.  These protocols are in place for your safety and the safety of others and will allow us to direct you to appropriate care. We do not do COVID-19 testing at our office, but can refer you to a testing centre in your area if appropriate.

We recommend that we all practise frequent hand hygiene, avoid touching our faces, staying home as much as possible, self-isolating for 14 days when sick and SOCIAL/PHYSICAL DISTANCING to help reduce community transmission. For those over age 70 or with any chronic medical conditions or who are immune suppressed, it is very important to adhere very strictly to these guidelines. Together we can make a difference!

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Please stay posted for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very unusual and challenging time.



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