​​IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING UPCOMING APPOINTMENTS DURING THE PANDEMIC


Due to efforts to contain COVID-19 infections (Coronavirus), we are making the following changes to upcoming appointments until further notice:

-Some appointments will be over the telephone and/or video consult if safe to do so.  This will be a mutual decision between the patient and the office.  If you prefer in person I am happy to see you (as always!). If you prefer to talk first then book in person as needed this is also acceptable!
-Please call the office if you are due for any urgent specific tests

COVID TESTING

If you are not sure if you need covid testing, call my office and ask for a phone appointment with me.

If you are sure you need a covid test, Mackenzie Health has many options:


https://www.mackenziehealth.ca/en/about-us/get-the-latest-information-on-covid-19.aspx


Dear patients

Vaccine information: 


If you are 12 or older and do not live in a care home, your local public health unit will have details about vaccinations in your area.
Other individuals who live in certain post codes may be eligible sooner!



For more information about COVID vaccines visit the Ministry of Health website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario


I recommended all my patients over 12 years old receive the Covid 19 vaccine (unless you have a specific contraindication), if you have questions please call my office and book a phone appointment to discuss. 

Regards

Dr. Leventis


Please call the office for a telephone appointment regarding:
- medication review
- new urgent concerns
- Diabetes follow up
- Other chronic condition follow up
- review of test results
- arranging screening tests for postponed check ups

After a telephone consultation, if your doctor thinks it is important that you be seen in person, then she will advise accordingly. Or there will possibly be a video consultation.

Possible in-person visits:
- well baby visits/vaccinations at pre-booked times.
-other visits: only AFTER physician phone consultation to determine need

To keep everyone safe who attends office visits, please be aware that we are spacing patients in our waiting room, and continuing to disinfect common areas and exam rooms using hospital-grade disinfectants.

Minimizing Risk of Exposure to all: Please DO NOT come to the office without calling first.

- do not come to the office with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, symptoms such as fever/cough/shortness of breath - call first!!!


I am seeing patients with "cold symptoms", but I prefer to talk on the phone first.

Under usual circumstances, as your family physicians, we would be pleased to see you in the office if you are sick and coughing. However, given the current pandemic, we must be very strict on who can be seen in the office for the safety of all patients and staff.
We are unable to do COVID-19 testing in our office – we do not have the equipment to do so. Do not try to come here for testing.


New COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Centres:


For information about COVID-19 Assessment Centres:

TESTING OPTIONS***





Protect yourself, Protect our community!


For guidelines on how to self-isolate:
https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-guide-isolation-caregivers.pdf?la=en

For updated information on COVID-19 please see:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Thank you to all of our patients for your trust, support, and understanding during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leventis


Other Health information recommended by Dr. Leventis:

Top 10 Emergency Department Tips for Families:

http://caep.ca/resources/top-10-ed-tips

Cholesterol Medicine update:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/statins-benefits-outweigh-side-effects-review-concludes-1.3064930

Choose Wisely Canada:

http://www.choosingwiselycanada.org/materials/

Prevention in Hand:
www.preventioninhand.com


Mental Health Resources:


CBT & peer support for patients that are free in Ontario:

Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT)

https://www.mindbeacon.com/

Bounce Back -videos, telephone coaching & workbooks 15 & up: https://bouncebackontario.ca/

Big White Wall -Digital Mental Health support for ages 16 and up: http://www.bigwhitewall.com/

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support: https://ca.portal.gs/

Talk4healing: 1-855-554-HEAL (4325) http://www.talk4healing.com/

Mindfulness for patients:

Mindshift-cognitive behaviour therapy skills for anxiety/depression: https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/

Stop Breathe and Think -check-in & app selects brief guided meditation: https://my.life/

Insight Timer -database of free meditations: https://insighttimer.com/

Headspace: www.headspace.com

Centre for Mindfulness: https://www.mindfulnessstudies.com

Meditation: https://www.thehonestguys.co.uk/

Other options (fee for service):

Oak Ridges psychotherapist Shivani Gupta: https://oakridgestherapy.com/

Newmarket psychologists Dr. Terri Sands: https://www.sandspsychology.ca/

Vaughan psychologists: https://psychologyhelps.ca/

Psychotherapist in Aurora: Todd Hayen: https://www.toddhayentherapy.com/

Psychotherapist in Aurora: Cindy Hayen: http://www.cindyhayen.com/

Child and Adolescent psychology services in Aurora: http://www.thecapcentre.com/

Greenspace: will help you find psychologist in your area: www.patient.gs

Anxiety education: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/anxty