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Important Notice!!!

COVID-19 Updates

 Please see the Simcoe Muskoka District Health units website for information and updates on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)coronavirus barrie

Dear Barrie Community Health Centre Community,

We would like to provide an important update regarding our current COVID-19 strategy. Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our clients, staff and community members. Below is a list of precautionary measures being taken by our clinic:


BCHC Group Programs

  • The BCHC has postponed all in-person group programs and workshops until further notice.

BCHC Services Available

  • Social Work – All one-on-one social work counselling appointments will be conducted via phone. Same day appointments are also being provided. To access services, ask your family physician or nurse
  • practitioner to send a counselling referral on your behalf or call reception at 705-734-9690
  • Physiotherapy – All physiotherapy appointments have been cancelled at this time and wellness checks will be completed by phone from the Physiotherapists as needed
  • Dietitian – All appointments will be conducted via phone or video conferencing.
  • Diabetes– All appointments will be conducted via phone or in person if requested by the patient. All patients will be actively screened for COVID-19.
  • Virtual Visits-Some appointments are being made available through e-visits or OTN via the desktop computer. In person OTN visits are temporarily not being scheduled.

Primary Care Appointments

  • If you need to book an appointment with your Physician, Nurse Practitioner or the clinic Nurse, all bookings must be done over the phone. The BCHC will not be open to walk-ins seeking an appointment, as we will be doing active screening prior to each appointment.
  • Your request for an appointment will be triaged to determine if the appointment can be handled over the phone, using video technology or if an in-person, face-to-face visit is required.
  • If you are scheduled for an in-person appointment, you will be screened for COVID-19 at the time of booking and again on-site at the point of entry for your appointment.
  • If you have an appointment scheduled at the BCHC and develop COVID-19 symptoms prior to the day of your appointment, please DO NOT COME TO THE BCHC and call the clinic at 705-734-9690 to inform reception of the change in your health.


Self-Assessment Screening Tool

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, please use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.

COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

Assessment Centre

The COVID-19 assessment centre is being held in one portion of the Community Health Centre. If you do need to come to the BCHC for an appointment you will enter through the front door, where you will be greeted by members of the BCHC team. The patients for the Assessment Centre will be entering through the community room door.

We know this is a stressful time, but we are here to provide care and support to you and your family. Please visit our website at www.bchc.ca for regular updates. Together, we will get through this! Stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely, The Barrie Community Health Centre team
Christine Colcy
CEO

Community Health Centres (CHCs) are non-profit organizations funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care/Local Health Integration Network that provide primary health and health promotion programs for individuals, families and communities. A health centre is established and governed by an elected board of directors.

CHCs work with individuals, families and communities to strengthen their capacity to take more responsibility for their health and well being. They provide education and advice on helping families access the resources they need from other community agencies. CHCs work together with others on health promotion initiatives within schools, in housing developments, and in the workplace.

They link families with support and self-help groups that offer peer education, support in coping, or are working to address conditions that affect health. As such, the Community Health Centre Program contributes to the development of healthy communities.

Ontario’s CHCs serve over 110 communities throughout Ontario. Altogether there are 73 centres and most of these centres run satellites which extend their geographic reach. Each centre is an incorporated, non-profit agency, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. CHCs provide primary care services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. CHCs also work with local residents to build the capacity of the community to improve its general health.

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