Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) is partnering with the Virtual Family Physician Network to launch a new ‘Haliburton County Virtual Primary Care Clinic’ on May 17.

The Clinic is based on successful models operating in other communities that have challenges with primary care capacity.

It will provide primary care to anyone who is an ‘unattached patient’, which means they do not have a local family doctor or nurse practitioner to provide them comprehensive primary care and connect them with local and regional services such as specialists and supportive programs.

Patients of the Virtual Clinic will be able to meet with a Family Physician through a secure Ontario Telemedicine Network video session with the assistance of a nurse.

The Clinic will initially operate for two days per week and will increase incrementally depending on the need in the community.

To book an appointment, unattached patients can contact HHHS Community Programs at 705-457-2941, extension 2294.

The Community Programs team will help ensure patients are first registered with Health Care Connect and that they do not have a local family doctor.

Patients who are currently on the waitlist to be connected to a local Family Physician can access the clinic.

The Clinic will not offer walk-in services – all appointments must be pre-booked.