covid-19

update

North York Medical Group
704-240 Duncan Mill Road
Toronto, Ontario
M3B 3S6

Phone: 416-497-0880 Fax: 416-497-2650
email: info@nymg.ca,   www.nymg.ca

 

 

Office Update
October 14, 2020

 

Dear Patients and Families,

We hope that you are staying safe and well during these challenging times.  We wanted to share some updates about our practice, including flu shots and other vaccinations.

 

As you may know, our office has remained open throughout the pandemic so far, and we continue to manage most of patient care virtually, through phone visits, secure messaging and video visits where needed.  When an in-office visit is needed, we work to ensure limited patients in the office to allow proper physical distancing and thorough cleaning of rooms.  Please do not come into our office without an appointment, and you will not be able to come into the office with any infectious symptoms such as cough or fever.  Our amazing office staff Michelle, Ramona and Shawna continue to work full time, partly in the office and partly remotely.  We thank them for their dedication to keeping things running very smoothly despite things changing week to week.

 

It is very important for everyone to have the influenza vaccine this year.  Pharmacies and public health clinics are able to administer flu shots for children aged 5 and older, including the high dose flu vaccine for seniors. The North York Family Health team will be running clinics on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays as per below.  The FHT website: www.nyfht.com will be updated shortly with further information on dates and how to book an appointment.

    

We have received our first shipment of flu shots for children, adults and seniors, and will book appointments for those that have difficulty accessing it through these other means, including for families with children under 5 and elderly patients with high risk conditions.  Finally, visit www.myflushot.ca to find a clinic or pharmacy convenient to you.

 

Toronto Public Health North York Clinic (by appointment)

North York Memorial Community Hall

5110 Yonge Street, North York

Wednesdays starting late October 

For more details please check https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/immunization/flu-influenza/ 

 

North York Family Health Team Vaccine Clinic (by appointment)

The FHT website www.nyfht.com will be updated shortly with further information on dates and how to book an appointment.  

Location: 240 Duncan Mill Road, 8th Floor

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-8pm (starting October 27)

Seniors and priority individuals (with mobility concerns or serious medical conditions) requiring special accommodation may receive their vaccine in their car in the parking lot at 240 Duncan Mill Road.

 

NYFHT Drive Through Parking Lot Vaccination Clinic (no appointment needed)

225 Duncan Mill Road Parking Lot

Select Saturdays from 10am-4pm, weather permitting (likely starting October 31)

Grade 8 students who missed their second dose of vaccinations at school in spring 2020, as well as Grade 7 students who require Hepatitis B, Meningitis and HPV vaccines will be eligible to receive their vaccines in our office.  Please call for more information and to book an appointment.

 

Beginning, mid-October, Ontario’s publicly funded shingles  program will change from Zostavax to Shingrix.  Adults between ages 65-70 are eligible for publicly-funded shingles vaccine.  Adults outside of this age group who would like to be vaccinated for shingles will require a prescription to receive this vaccine.  Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

 

For the latest COVID-19 school and child care screening, please follow this link:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening

 

Thank you for trusting us for your care, and for your patience with evolving practices while we continue to provide needed care during this time.

 

Drs. Gelman, Manis, Merbaum, Small and Sonshine 

North York Medical Group

July 10, 2020

Dear Patients and Families,


We would like to start by thanking all of you for your support during the Covid-19 Pandemic. We all play a vital role in keeping our patients, office staff, nurses and physicians safe and healthy. We continue to follow Public Health, the Ministry of Health and the Ontario Medical Associations recommendations with respect to caring for our patients. We will continue to practice virtual care whenever possible and will see patients in office as needed if a physical examination is required. Please call the office for urgent concerns and for appointment requests. Please note that we are continuing to hold off on online booking at this time but your physicians are available for appointments. Email can be used for non-urgent matters. We kindly ask that you do not email us with detailed personal information. Please do not come to the office without an appointment or prior approval from the office staff or physicians.


We would like to remind all our patients that emergencies are still happening during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please do not delay care and go to an ER or call 911 right away should an emergency arise.


Cancer screening is beginning to restart gradually. We have already started to do Pap smears for those who need follow up of abnormal tests and for those people whose Pap smears are due or overdue (it has been 3 or more years). Please call our office to book an appointment if you fall into this category. Most imaging labs are now booking screening and follow up mammograms. Please call your local lab to arrange your mammogram if you are due. Colon Cancer screening with Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) has not yet restarted in Ontario but will hopefully be up and running shortly.


Immunizations and injections continue to be done in the office. Please do not defer childhood vaccinations.


Bone Mineral Density testing has also restarted in many imaging labs. Please call your local lab for this as well if you are due.

We do want to follow up on your chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension if you are overdue for a follow up or have readings that are not well controlled. Please call the office and we will be happy to review these conditions with you virtually and if deemed necessary by your physician, personally in the office.

 

Please see link below for information from Choosing Wisely Canada on when adults should check-in with their physicians.


https://choosingwiselycanada.org/health-check-ups/

Office Procedures:


Please DO NOT come to the office if you have any symptoms on the COVID-19
screening list unless discussed with your doctor or nurse first.

https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/95f0-Survey-
Screening-poster-TPH.pdf

COVID-19 Self-Assessment:


https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/


Your COVID-19 swab results can be found online at:


https://covid-19.ontario.ca/index.html


Please come to the office for your appointment wearing a mask. There should be only one parent or one person accompanying a patient if they are in need of assistance. You will be screened by phone prior to coming to the office and once again when you get to the office.

Stay safe and healthy.

Drs. Gelman, Manis, Merbaum, Small and Sonshine

NORTH YORK MEDICAL GROUP 

704-240 DUNCAN MILL ROAD, TORONTO, ON, M3B 3S6, CANADA  

Phone: (416) 497-0880 | Fax: (416) 497-2650

Telephone Health Advisory Service: 1-866-553-7205

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