FAQs

What is the Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre (CSC CHIGAMIK CHC)?

CSC CHIGAMIK CHC is a non-profit, community-governed organization that provides primary health care services and programs that include illness prevention, health promotion and community-based programs using interprofessional, integrated teams.

 

Is CSC CHIGAMIK CHC a walk-in medical clinic?

No.  Our CHC is not a walk-in clinic and does not provide ambulance services or emergency services.  Primary health care is only provided for registered clients of our CHC.  Appointments are needed for clients to see one of our clinical staff.  Time slots are  available throughout the day for clients who need same-day services.

 

How is CSC CHIGAMIK CHC different from a family doctor’s office?

There are several ways that our CHC is different from a family doctor’s office:

  • We have an interprofessional team that work together to support your health
  • All permanent staff, including nurse practitioners (NP) and physicians, are paid on salary; we do not bill OHIP
  • We offer culturally-relevant, holistic care and programs that are available in English and French
  • It is our mandate and priority to serve people who traditionally face barriers to care
  • All of our work is based in health promotion, illness-prevention and community development approaches
  • We are community-governed; we are the communities we serve

 

Is the CHC only for First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) and Francophone populations?

No.  Our primary health care services are available to anyone without a family doctor or nurse practitioner (NP) living in Christian Island, Midland, Penetanguishene as well as Tay and Tiny Townships.  We encourage persons who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Francophone who live in these communities or elsewhere in North Simcoe Muskoka to register as a client.

 

I already have a doctor.  Can I still be involved in CSC CHIGAMIK CHC?

Yes you can!  Our free health-inspired programs are available for everyone living in Christian Island, Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny as well as those who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Francophone throughout North Simcoe Muskoka.  You can participate in any of our programs such as sweat lodge healing, parenting support, youth activities and community cooking to name a few.  You can also volunteer in an area that interests you.

 

What are the benefits of interprofessional care?

Your benefits include a better understanding of how interconnected your health is with social elements, better coordination of care, more services to access in one place and a strong, supportive team.  At CSC CHIGAMIK CHC, you will have access to the right care, at the right time, with the right person.

 

Once I register as a client with the centre, will I be seeing a physician?

It depends.  As a client, you are registered to CSC CHIGAMIK CHC which means that you sit in the centre of our interprofessional, holistic circle of care.  Depending on your health history and health care needs, you might see a physician, or nurse practitioner or registered practical nurse, etc.

 

How can I become a client of CSC CHIGAMIK CHC?

Call us at 705.527.4154 or 1.855.527.4154.  We will ask you a few questions to see if you qualify to become a client of our CHC and start the registration process.

 

Will the Midland bus stop at CSC CHIGAMIK CHC?

Yes.  You will need to request to stop at our 845 King Street location when entering the bus.  To ensure your safety, we recommend you exiting the bus on the CHC side of King Street (facing downtown).  Did you know that the Midland Transit has a ‘hail’ service where you can ‘hail’ the bus?

 

Will there be lab services on-site?

Yes, we have a registered practical nurse that will be drawing up blood.  A technician will pick up the blood work and deliver it to the main lab twice a day.

 

What is a nurse practitioner (NP)?  What can he/she do for me?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides care to clients of all ages with a focus on preventing disease, promoting good health and curing illness.  Our NPs work in partnership with physicians, nurses, health promoters, mental health and addictions counsellors as well as other health care professionals at CSC CHIGAMIK CHC to keep you, your family and our communities well.  Some of the primary health care services that NPs provide are:

  • Diagnose and treat illness and/or injuries
  • Perform physical check-ups
  • Order and interpret diagnostic test
  • Write prescriptions
  • Provide counseling and education
  • Provide supportive care through illness
  • Provide treatments and procedures, i.e.,stitches, wart removal
  • Manage chronic diseases such as diabetes

 

How is CSC CHIGAMIK CHC funded?

Our CHC is a registered non-profit organization.  Donations from our proud supporters enable us to develop more health-inspired programs for the public.  Core funding for our primary health care services are provided by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOH LTC).

 

Are there any fees for having forms filled out, or procedures done, by staff at CSC CHIGAMIK CHC?

Clients do not have to pay any fees for procedures that OHIP does not charge for such as:

  • Completion of WSIB forms
  • Sick Note
  • Referrals to outside agencies
  • X-rays