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You can find all News & Updates here and can also be found in the inbox of the email the patient provided to us during registration. 

Clinic Updates& Holiday Hours (Posted Dec. 19/23)

 

Dear Patient, 

First and foremost, thank you all so much for your generous donations to our holiday program. We were able to provide all the family's children with pajamas, a warm outfit and toys. The parents all received grocery gift cards. Parents were thrilled and many were very emotional when they received their package. Additionally, over two thousand dollars of gift cards were donated to Halton Children's Aid along with personal hygiene items, bedsheets etc. We know how hard this year has been on many people. Thank you all for the support you gave to our community. 

 

The Holidays have started for many families and we want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. Please see our HOLIDAY HOURS below: 

 

Dec 22-26: CLOSED

Dec 27: 8am-12pm

Dec 28: 8am-12pm

Dec 29: 8am-12pm

Dec 30: CLOSED

Jan 1: CLOSED

Jan 2: regular hours resume 

 

Walk-In Clinic use: please remember that as our patients you must call here first for a same-day appointment if an urgent issue arises before going to a walk-in clinic. We have plenty of space available for these appointments each day and often they do not fill. Not only is walk-in clinic use against office policy, but it is also safer for our patients to see their regular doctor who has access to their medical history. 

 

Masks: We are now into respiratory illness season. Please continue to bring a mask to all appointments. Patients must be masked properly during their time in the clinic. This is to keep our vulnerable patients safe.

 

COVID Tests: COVID remains a very common infection in our community. If you have a cough, fever, sore throat or other flu-like symptoms, please COVID test before coming to your appointment. Please bring proof of a negative test (photo on your phone). Free test kits are available at our office and most pharmacies. 

 

 

On-Line Booking: In the new year we will be changing our booking platform from Pomelo to Oceans. This should be a much easier platform to use for our patients and provide more direct and efficient communication of test results. Please watch for this email in early January. 

 

Thank you all again for your fundraising efforts.  Happy Holidays!

 

The staff at Birchtree Family Medicine

Clinic Updates (Posted Nov. 14/23)

Dear Patient,

With the busy holiday season approaching, we would like to provide you with our clinic updates.

 

Flu and Covid Vaccines

We have received more COVID and Flu vaccines and encourage you to call the office to book an appointment if you have not yet received your vaccines. We will continue to offer the vaccines we have until our supply runs out. We currently have both high-dose and regular-dose flu vaccines.

 

Masking - Clinic Policy

As COVID makes a comeback and cold and flu season is upon us, we wanted to remind you of our ongoing masking policy in office. 

 

To reduce the spread of infection to staff and patients, we require everyone to wear a mask to all appointments. We are no longer able to provide masks. Please bring your mask to all appointments and put it on before entering the office.  

 

 Annual Holiday Fundraiser 

***NOTE: EARLY DEADLINE THIS YEAR OF DECEMBER 4TH***

 

It’s that time of year again! For those patients new to the practice, every year we work with Halton Children’s Aid to support local children and teens in need. This year we have also partnered with a local community group to sponsor families in need. The wish list of items for the families and Halton Children’s Aid are below. Everything can be dropped off at our office or cash donations can be called in by debit or credit. We recognize many families are struggling financially this year and expect we will receive fewer donations. The families we are sponsoring are mindful of this and worried about asking for too much. Feel free to use your imagination if you want to add to the items requested. Some ideas would be warm clothing (pajamas, warm socks, underwear, hat/mittens, sweatshirt/sweatpants). Please never feel an obligation to participate. If you are able to donate the deadline is Dec 4th. 

***ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW AND IN PACKAGING***

 

Family Sponsorship Wish Lists

*In the past some of you have sponsored all the needs of an individual or family which is amazing. If you plan to do this,  please call and let us know. We will send out email updates and take that family (or individual) off the list.

 

Family R

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size medium

  • female age 17: Indigo gift card, size women's extra small

  • male age 13: Adidas 3 in 1 (shaving kit, shampoo, and body wash),  size men's medium pants, large shirts

 

Family T

  • adult male: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • male age 8: Lego, art and craft supplies, size 7 kids

  • male age 8 (twin): Lego, art and craft supplies, size 7 kids

Family G

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size medium

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • male age 5: art supplies, Lego, size 6 kids

  • male age 4: art supplies, Hotwheels, size 5 kids

 

Family I

  • adult female:  Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • female age 9: plush toy, size 14-16 kids

  • male age 7: globe/map, size 8-10 kids

  • male age 5: cars/trucks - size 7 kids

  • male age 18 months: musical toy/instrument - size 3T

 

Family MC

  • adult male: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size extra large

  • male age 18 (developmental disability) anything with lights/sounds, red T-shirt size men's extra large, running shoes men's size 10

 

Family S

  • adult female - Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • adult male - Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size extra large

  • male age 13 - shoes men's size 10, sports equipment, clothes size XL

  • male age 12 - clothes size XL

  • female age 8 - art supplies, size 16 kids

  • female age 6 - musical, size 12 kids


 

Halton Children’s Aid Donations

 

Gift Cards – suggest values of $25 or $50

  • Prepaid Visa or MasterCard

  • Walmart

  • Grocery Stores

  • Best Buy

  • Local Shopping Malls 

  • Shoppers Drug Mart

  • Fast Food Restaurants

  • Amazon

 

Life Start Kit (Items for youth transitioning to independent living) 

  • bath and hand towels

  • tea towels and dishcloths

  • oven mitts, potholders

  • drinking glasses and mugs

  • cutlery and dishes

  • saucepans, frying pans and cookie sheets

  • kettles and toasters

  • stick vacuums

  • mixing bowls and chopping boards

  • kitchen utensils (whisk, wooden spoons, etc.)

  • colanders and reusable food containers

  • can openers and measuring cups

  • brooms and mops

  • bedding – sheets, comforters (all sizes)

  • soft blankets and pillows

  • laundry hampers and baskets

 

Welcome Kit (Items for newborns and mom/caregivers)

  • diapers, baby wipes

  • washcloths, lotions and soaps

  • cotton receiving blankets, baby blankets

  • diaper bags

  • nursing items (pads, pump, pillow)

  • onesies, infant clothing

  • rattles, infant toys, teething toys

  • baby thermometers

  • baby monitors

  • cribs, strollers, swings

 

Comfort Kit (gifts for special occasions, birthdays or to provide comfort during periods of transition)

  • duffel bags, backpacks or small suitcases

  • cozy blankets and fun/soft pillows

  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush etc.)

  • reusable water bottles

  • pajamas and socks (all ages)

  • child/adult activity i.e.colouring book/pencil crayons, puzzles

  • gift cards for Tim Hortons, Subway, McDonalds, etc.

 

Personal Care Kit (Items for youth age 16 and older)

  • hair clipper/beard trimmer kits

  • nail care kits

  • hair dryers/straighteners

  • teen packs

  • toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush/paste, deodorant etc.)

  • socks and PJs (all ages/genders)

  • wireless earbuds/headphones

  • wireless speakers

  • wallets

  • cozy blankets

 

Education Kits (Junior Kindergarten to postsecondary)

  • backpacks

  • locks, locker accessories

  • reusable water bottles

  • reusable food containers

  • Ziplock bags

  • pencils, pens, highlighters

  • markers, pencil crayons, crayons

  • lined paper, binders, dividers

  • pencils cases

 

 

All the best, 

The Staff and Physicians at Birchtree Family Medicine

ANNUAL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER (Posted Nov. 13/23)

Dear Patient,

Annual Holiday Fundraiser 

***NOTE: EARLY DEADLINE THIS YEAR OF DECEMBER 4TH***

 

It’s that time of year again! For those patients new to the practice, every year we work with Halton Children’s Aid to support local children and teens in need. This year we have also partnered with a local community group to sponsor families in need. The wish list of items for the families and Halton Children’s Aid are below. Everything can be dropped off at our office or cash donations can be called in by debit or credit. We recognize many families are struggling financially this year and expect we will receive fewer donations. The families we are sponsoring are mindful of this and worried about asking for too much. Feel free to use your imagination if you want to add to the items requested. Some ideas would be warm clothing (pajamas, warm socks, underwear, hat/mittens, sweatshirt/sweatpants). Please never feel an obligation to participate. If you are able to donate the deadline is Dec 4th. 

***ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW AND IN PACKAGING***

 

Family Sponsorship Wish Lists

*In the past some of you have sponsored all the needs of an individual or family which is amazing. If you plan to do this,  please call and let us know. We will send out email updates and take that family (or individual) off the list.

 

Family R

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size medium

  • female age 17: Indigo gift card, size women's extra small

  • male age 13: Adidas 3 in 1 (shaving kit, shampoo, and body wash),  size men's medium pants, large shirts

 

Family T

  • adult male: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • male age 8: Lego, art and craft supplies, size 7 kids

  • male age 8 (twin): Lego, art and craft supplies, size 7 kids

 

Family G

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size medium

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • male age 5: art supplies, Lego, size 6 kids

  • male age 4: art supplies, Hotwheels, size 5 kids

 

Family I

  • adult female:  Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • female age 9: plush toy, size 14-16 kids

  • male age 7: globe/map, size 8-10 kids

  • male age 5: cars/trucks - size 7 kids

  • male age 18 months: musical toy/instrument - size 3T

 

Family MC

  • adult male: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • adult female: Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size extra large

  • male age 18 (developmental disability) anything with lights/sounds, red T-shirt size men's extra large, running shoes men's size 10

 

Family S

  • adult female - Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size large

  • adult male - Walmart gift card/grocery gift card, size extra large

  • male age 13 - shoes men's size 10, sports equipment, clothes size XL

  • male age 12 - clothes size XL

  • female age 8 - art supplies, size 16 kids

  • female age 6 - musical, size 12 kids


 

Halton Children’s Aid Donations

 

Gift Cards – suggest values of $25 or $50

  • Prepaid Visa or MasterCard

  • Walmart

  • Grocery Stores

  • Best Buy

  • Local Shopping Malls 

  • Shoppers Drug Mart

  • Fast Food Restaurants

  • Amazon

 

Life Start Kit (Items for youth transitioning to independent living) 

  • bath and hand towels

  • tea towels and dishcloths

  • oven mitts, potholders

  • drinking glasses and mugs

  • cutlery and dishes

  • saucepans, frying pans and cookie sheets

  • kettles and toasters

  • stick vacuums

  • mixing bowls and chopping boards

  • kitchen utensils (whisk, wooden spoons, etc.)

  • colanders and reusable food containers

  • can openers and measuring cups

  • brooms and mops

  • bedding – sheets, comforters (all sizes)

  • soft blankets and pillows

  • laundry hampers and baskets

 

Welcome Kit (Items for newborns and mom/caregivers)

  • diapers, baby wipes

  • washcloths, lotions and soaps

  • cotton receiving blankets, baby blankets

  • diaper bags

  • nursing items (pads, pump, pillow)

  • onesies, infant clothing

  • rattles, infant toys, teething toys

  • baby thermometers

  • baby monitors

  • cribs, strollers, swings

 

Comfort Kit (gifts for special occasions, birthdays or to provide comfort during periods of transition)

  • duffel bags, backpacks or small suitcases

  • cozy blankets and fun/soft pillows

  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush etc.)

  • reusable water bottles

  • pajamas and socks (all ages)

  • child/adult activity i.e.colouring book/pencil crayons, puzzles

  • gift cards for Tim Hortons, Subway, McDonalds, etc.

 

Personal Care Kit (Items for youth age 16 and older)

  • hair clipper/beard trimmer kits

  • nail care kits

  • hair dryers/straighteners

  • teen packs

  • toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush/paste, deodorant etc.)

  • socks and PJs (all ages/genders)

  • wireless earbuds/headphones

  • wireless speakers

  • wallets

  • cozy blankets

 

Education Kits (Junior Kindergarten to postsecondary)

  • backpacks

  • locks, locker accessories

  • reusable water bottles

  • reusable food containers

  • Ziplock bags

  • pencils, pens, highlighters

  • markers, pencil crayons, crayons

  • lined paper, binders, dividers

  • pencils cases

 

Thank you,

The Staff and Physicians at BIrchtree Family Medicine

FLU Vaccine Drop-In Clinic - Wednesday, November 8, 2023 (Posted Nov. 7/23)

Dear Patient,

We will be conducting another flu vaccine clinic this week, on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 2pm to 4:30pm. 

 

If you would like to obtain your flu vaccine, please drop in on Wednesday. You do not require an appointment for these vaccines. 

 

This clinic will be for flu vaccines only - we do have both high-dose and regular doses available. As a reminder, if this is a first-time flu vaccine for a child less than 9 years old, we will need to book again for a booster vaccine in 4 weeks. 

 

Please bring your up-to-date health card and be mindful to wear clothing that can be easily removed/pulled aside for vaccines in the upper arm. 

 

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (905) 637-8833. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

 

All the best, 

The Staff and Physicians at Birchtree Family Medicine

Flu and Covid Vaccine Drop-In Clinic - Thursday, November 2 (Posted Oct. 31/23)

Dear Patient,

We now have our full shipment of regular and high-dose flu vaccines available in the office. We also have a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the office. 

 

We will be running an indoor drop-in clinic on Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. You do not require an appointment for these vaccines. 

 

High-dose flu vaccines are indicated for anyone 65 years and older. Regular-dose flu vaccines are available for anyone 6 months and older. COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone 6 months of age and older, provided it has been at least 3 months since a prior vaccine or infection and at least 2 weeks since an RSV vaccine. There is no minimum time interval between flu and COVID vaccines, they can be given on the same day, in the same arm. 

 

Please bring your up-to-date health card and be mindful to wear clothing that can be easily removed/pulled aside for vaccines in the upper arm. If you receive a COVID-19 vaccine, we will ask that you remain in the clinic for 15 minutes to ensure you do not have any reaction to the vaccine.

 

If you have a previously scheduled appointment this week for another issue, we will be able to provide your vaccines at that appointment. Pending availability, we may offer another drop-in clinic in the upcoming weeks - we will send an email with this information.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (905) 637-8833.

 

All the best, 

The Staff and Physicians at Birchtree Family Medicine

COVID VACCINE CLINIC THIS SATURDAY (Posted Oct. 20/23)

Dear Patient,

We have a limited shipment of the new Covid Vaccines (Moderna Spikevax XBB.1.5) available. Please see below for qualifying criteria. If you qualify for a vaccine at this time you can come to our office between 8am-11am this Saturday (Oct 21, 2023). You do not need to call to book an appointment. We will be running on a first come first serve basis. ***Please note that that vaccine needs to be spaced two weeks apart from the RSV vaccine, 6 months from your last COVID vaccination and at least 3 months from your last COVID infection. Our supply is limited. We will continue to update you as more become available and the criteria expands. In an effort to keep everyone healthy, we very much want you to get vaccinated. 

 

At the time, you can receive a vaccine if: 

 

Resident or staff of a long-term care/retirement home

Pregnant

65 year old or more

All children 6 months to 4 years old

Individuals from a First Nation, Inuit or Metis community or who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Metis and their household members

Individuals 6 months of age or older with underlying health conditions

Members of racialized and other equity-deserving communities

Health care workers and first responders 

 

*As per Halton Public Health: vaccines will be available to the general public on Oct 30, 2023.

 

This is the first time running a clinic in this format inside. If we get busy, please be patient. We expect everyone to be masked, even in the hallways and avoid crowding. Please respect that this clinic is for vaccinations only. You will not be able to ask ANY other medical questions about issues not related to the vaccine. 

 

At this time we are OUT OF FLU SHOTS. However, if you have already booked an appointment one has been set aside for you. We will let you know when we get more.

 

We do have a new supply of RSV vaccine. Please call to book for these.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Staff and Doctors at Birchtree Family Medicine

Flu/Covid/RSV Vaccines (Posted Oct. 20/23)

Dear Patient, 

 

As we head into the colder months, we know there are many questions about vaccine availability. Please see below for more information. 

 

FLU VACCINES

Public Health has given us an extremely limited number of vaccines. We expect to receive our large shipment at the end of October. We will likely have an outdoor clinic once this shipment is received. We hope this clinic will be the same ‘drive-through’ style we have done in the past. Please stay tuned for an email regarding this clinic information.

 

At this time, you can call to book a flu shot in our clinic. There are very limited doses available and once they are gone, unfortunately, we will have to await our next shipment before offering any more.

 

  1. High dose vaccine: you must be age 65 or older to receive a high dose vaccine

  2. Regular dose: age 6 months and older. ** If it is a first time flu vaccine and the patient is 9 years old or younger, a second booster dose is needed 4 weeks later. 

 

COVID VACCINES

At this time there are select individuals who qualify for a COVID booster vaccine. These vaccines are only available through Public Health clinics currently, we do NOT have these vaccines in our clinic at this time. Please go to halton.ca to book. 

 

We have placed an order for the newest COVID vaccine which will offer protection for the strain we expect to be most prevalent this season. We highly recommend that everyone who is eligible go ahead with this vaccine. You can receive the COVID vaccine on the same day as your flu shot. We are hoping to receive the COVID vaccine in time to coordinate with our flu shot clinic in November, so again, please stay tuned for more information regarding this.

 

You are eligible NOW for a COVID vaccine if you meet any of the following criteria: 

  • Residents and staff of congregate living settings (e.g., chronic care facilities, retirement homes)

  • Pregnant individuals

  • Individuals ≥ 65 years of age

  • All children 6 months to 4 years of age (due to influenza risk)

  • Individuals who are from a First Nation, Inuit or Métis community, and/or who self-identify as First Nation, Inuit, or Métis, and their household members

  • Individuals 6 months of age or older who have underlying health conditions as per NACI

  • Members of racialized and other equity deserving communities

  • Health care workers and first responders

RSV VACCINES

This vaccine is for the prevention of lower respiratory tract disease in adults 60 years and older. We were initially hopeful that the government would fund this vaccine. It does not look like that will be the case. The vaccine is a single dose. The cost is $275. If you would like this vaccine, please call our office to book for it. You should be able to submit your receipt to your private insurance but please check with your provider. 

 

***We also want to stress how many cases of COVID we are seeing in our patients. The virus is very much present in our community. Please mask, especially in crowded settings or when traveling. For some, the symptoms of COVID may be mild but for others, the impact is severe. We have also seen first hand that long COVID can be life changing. Please be careful. 

 

As always, masks are mandatory in our clinic. Please bring one to your appointment. We do not provide masks. 

 

Below are handouts/links on how to manage fevers and viral infections:

 

https://www.cheo.on.ca/en/resources-and-support/resources/P5325E.pdf

 

https://www.cheo.on.ca/en/resources-and-support/p6251.aspx#Table-of-contents

 

https://www.cheo.on.ca/en/resources-and-support/resources/P5327E.pdf

 

Yours sincerely, 

The Staff and Physicians at Birchtree Family Medicine

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