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  • What is a Family Health Team (FHT)?
  • What can I expect as a patient of the Marathon Family Health Team (MFHT)?
  • What are some of the programs and services the Marathon Family Health Team provides?

What is a Family Health Team (FHT)?

Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Family Health Teams provide more service and a wide range of health options, especially for people who don't have a doctor.

Family Health Teams ensure that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set-up based on local health and community needs. They focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion, and work with other health care organizations, such as public health units and Community Care Access Centres. (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Website-2013). The Marathon Family Health Team consists of physicians, a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, registered practical nurses, registered dietitian, social worker and epidemiologist. These health care professionals work collaboratively together utilizing their expertise so that the patient can receive the very best care, from the right provider at the right time.

What can I expect as a patient of the Marathon Family Health Team?

As a patient, you can expect to have access to a number of primary health care services from an inter-professional team including your family doctor. For example:

  • Your family doctor will continue to see you during regular office hours
  • You will have access to other health care providers at the Marathon Family Health Team, including a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, registered practical nurse, registered dietitian and a social worker.
  • If you require service after-hours, you can phone the Telephone Health Advisory Service (THAS) where a registered nurse will provide advice about your urgent health care concerns.
  • You will have access to many in-house services and programs provided by all of the Family Health Team care providers.

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