Resource Links

Health Care Connect helps Ontarians who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. People without a family health care provider are referred to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in their community.

Community Links – The Inn of the Good Shepherd

John Howard Society – Sarnia Lambton – The Community Health Services Department has a wealth of health information on a wide range of subjects for all ages and stages of life.– As a leader and champion for mental health, CMHA Lambton Kent provides services and facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health. – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. – The Society strives to do the following: Promote the rights of people with Alzheimer Disease and related dementia. Provide information and education to interested parties. Support the delivery of local support programmes for individuals and caregivers affected by the disease. Provide support and funding for research. Advocate changes to legislation, programmes and procedures. – The Women’s Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton offers: Emergency shelter services to women and children 24 hours a day . 24-hour crisis / support line. Transitional Support and Housing Program . Support Groups. Child Witness – individual and group counselling . W.O.M.E.N. On The Move Employment Program. – Bluewater Methadone Clinic (BMC) has been helping people with opiate addictions along the path to a life free of opiate drugs since 2004. We now have 3 clinics – Sarnia since 2004, Chatham since 2010 and Wallaceburg since 2012. – Boys and Girls Clubs offer a safe, supportive and fun place where children and youth can participate in quality programs and services that promote their healthy physical, educational and social development. – Victim Services of Sarnia Lambton, Inc. is a non-profit community based organization working in co-operation with local emergency service providers and other related community services to meet the short-term needs of victims of crime and tragic circumstances by providing emotional support, practical assistance and referrals to community resources. – The Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre is a not-for-profit community-based organization, that provides a variety of services for Urban Aboriginal people in the Sarnia-Lambton service area.

St. Clair Child and Youth – St. Clair Child & Youth Services is a key component of the social infrastructure of Sarnia-Lambton. It is regarded as the primary advocate and source for services related to mental health of our children and youth. St. Clair Child & Youth Services is a accredited member of Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

The Pregnancy Options and Support Centre – There to assist you as you go through the decision making process and will support you and your decision. We want to educate and empower you to make a decision you can be proud of. – Lambton Mental Wellness Centre. Consumer Survivor Association of Lambton’s “Open Doors” is a centre for anyone over the age of 16 who has a mental illness, used the mental health system or is experiencing mental health issues. We are a safe & supportive environment where mental health consumers and survivors can join others with similar experiences, avoid isolation and can rebuild self esteem.

Sarnia Transportation –  Transportation services are available to seniors who wish to limit their driving, or have stopped driving altogether, and to adults with temporary or long-term disabilities. – Patient Transfer Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Who provides care to patients?

Interprofessional teams provide care to patients. Patients are registered with the clinic and not to an individual health-care provider.  Core primary health care services are provided by a nurse practitioner. In addition to nurse practitioners, other professionals on the team may include registered nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, mental health workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists or others. Depending on individual needs, patients have access to care from any member of the team. The design of each team is based on community and patient requirements. Referrals to medical specialists are sought as needed.

Are Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics similar to walk-in clinics?

No. NPLCs provide comprehensive health care over the course of the life time for patients. Patients must register to the clinic and receive their routine primary health care from the clinic.

What can a Nurse Practitioner do?

Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, treat and monitor a wide range of health problems using an evidence based approach to their practice. They consult and collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to meet the needs of the patient population. Chronic disease management, health promotion and illness prevention, as well as helping patients navigate through the health care system are integral to their approach to patient care. Engaging patients as full partners in their care plan with attention to self-care to the extent that patients are willing and able to participate is an important aspect of the underlying philosophy of NPLCs. In addition, nurse practitioners are experts in community health care needs assessment and program planning, implementation and evaluation. These programs are targeted to specific health care needs identified in collaboration with their communities.

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