Website Directs Patients, Health Care Providers to Local Resources

KFL&A Public Health, in collaboration with the Poverty Reduction Health Working Group, Kingston Community Health Centre and the City of Kingston, has created a website to help primary health care providers and their patients find local resources in one click. The site, Kingston Helps, Your Community Resource Hub,, lists local shelters, food banks, clothing resources, primary care and mental health links, legal resources, and child health and social supports, among other resources. It also provides resources to help health care providers understand the impacts of poverty on health.

CCAC Short Stay Convalescent Care Unit Accepting Referrals

The South East CCAC Short Stay Convalescent Care Unit, a Long Term Care-operated facility located within the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital site in Napanee, admitted its first patient on November 14, 2013. It has since successfully filled the 22-bed unit, and continues to assess patients for admission and/or waitlist as patients progress towards their individual goals and are discharged back home.

Family physicians are encouraged to continue seeking out referrals for convalescent-type patients within their hospital and/or community setting and to make referrals to the CCAC through the usual process. 

For more information about the Short Stay Convalescent Care Unit, click here.

For guidelines regarding the application process, target population, exclusion criteria and average length of stay, click here.

OMA Section of General and Family Practice on Twitter

The Ontario Medical Association's Section of General and Family Practice is now active on Twitter,  and invites those interested to follow them @ON_FamilyHealth. Highlighting the unique role and value of family doctors in Ontario, the Twitter account will be adjunctive in building support for the OMA's core message.

KFL&A Public Health Electronic Newsletter Supports Primary Care Providers

Healthy Directions, an electronic KFL&A Public Health newsletter issued six times a year, provides relevant, timely and practical information for health care providers to use in their practice. Queen’s Department of Family Medicine Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program Residents Dr. Emily Groot and Dr. Jennifer Horton, as well as Associate Professor Dr. Kieran Moore (Associate Medical Officer of Health, KFL&A Public Health), are on the newsletter's editorial board. Queen’s Family Health Team members Diane Batchelor (nurse practitioner), Sherri Elms (pharmacist) and Dr. Karen Hall Barber are on the newsletter’s advisory committee. Click on Healthy Directions to read the newsletter and to receive future issues. 

Family Physicians Encouraged to Review Natural Death at Home Guidelines

The Office of the Regional Supervising Coroner (East Region – Kingston) has brought to the Southeast LHIN’s attention concerns regarding certification of natural deaths at home. Specifically, the Office of the Regional Supervising Coroner has noted that the approach used to certify natural deaths in the home is not fully understood by family physicians in the Southeast LHIN.

The Department of Family Medicine, in concert with the Southeast LHIN, is assisting the Office of the Regional Supervising Coroner to communicate the natural death at home approach.

Best Practice Guideline #5 – Interaction of Investigating Coroners with Emergency Medical Services, Police, Body Removal Services, and Funeral Services Arising from Death Investigations
(November 2010) describes anticipated actions of investigating coroners, EMS personnel and police with reference to cases of expected and unexpected deaths, and transport decisions when termination of resuscitation is ordered. The benefits of the natural death at home approach is that it allows EMS personnel and police to be released from the scene, making them available for emergencies in the community.

Best Practice Guideline #5 helps family physicians better understand the role of the coroner, while also helping them to appreciate the importance of this approach to their patients and within their practices.

For more information, contact the Office of the Regional Supervising Coroner (East Region – Kingston).