​​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:

-Most appointments will be over the telephone and/or video consult.
-Prescheduled appointments will change to a phone appointment and your doctor will try to call you as close as possible to the scheduled time.
- Cancellation of most elective “check-up” appointments.
-Please call the office if you are due for any urgent specific tests
- We recommend that you please postpone any non-urgent appointments and tests to reduce your exposure risk


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

We know you are hoping to get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and are seeking the latest information. Here is what we know now (April 10, 2021).

AstraZeneca Vaccine
We have received the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine in our clinic.  The Astra Zeneca vaccine is being offered only to people ages above 40 years old. It is available in pharmacies and some family doctors’ offices in certain health regions. We will let you know as soon as possible when the vaccine becomes available to us. Please do not call us to try to book an appointment. We need to keep our phone lines free for patients with immediate medical needs.

Vaccines for patients over 55 (born in 1966 or earlier):
If you are 55 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!


Provincial online system
Eligible residents can now register for appointments. 

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

Please be assured that we will let you know if we have any vaccine and if you are eligible to receive it from us. Please take the first vaccine offered to you.

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 without first having a physician telephone consultation and approval to come see your doctor
- do not come to the office with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, symptoms such as fever/cough/shortness of breath

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.
If a sick patient comes into our office and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, our clinic would be exposed and need to shut down for 14 days. We are striving to avoid this situation so we can remain available to our patients throughout the pandemic.

New COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Centres:
If you think that you might have the coronavirus, it is critical that you call TELEHEALTH ONTARIO 1-866-553-7205 to be screened and verify if you should attend an assessment center or self-isolate at home for 14 days.

For information about COVID-19 Assessment Centres:
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-health-advice/covid-19-assessment-centres/



Protect yourself, Protect our community!
The precautions being put in place across our communities are critical. While COVID-19 does not likely pose a direct risk to most patients individually, if we all practice “social distancing” we can help to “flattenthe curve” and minimize the extent to which our most vulnerable will be affected and reduce how much the health care system will be overburdened.

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