Programs and Services
Diabetes is a concern for all Canadians as disease rates are quite high. The complications of diabetes are severe, especially when coupled with other risks such as smoking and high blood pressure and can result in blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and amputations.
One of our nurses contacts and offers women, between the ages of 21 and 70, a pap smear every three years. Cervical cancer is highly preventable if the woman undergoes regular screening with a pap smear. As well, we are encouraging and promoting HPV vaccine for young adults before the age of 45.
In addition to falls risks screens, we have been tracking and managing other factors that affect health aging. Regularly, we are screening for depression, falls risk and osteoporosis.
We are so fortunate to have a Social Worker at the Sauble FHT 3 days per week. She offers counseling around many areas of concern including: grief, depression and anxiety, life crises, trauma and family violence.
Two of our nurses offer hypertension management counseling and patients can be referred from their primary care provider. Blood pressures are taken at almost every appointment and followup is offered as well. Next steps include actively monitoring for atrial fibrillation, a leading risk factor for stroke.
Osteoporosis and falls are a major concern in our counties. Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones (not arthritis) that can cause fractures, or breaks in a bone, without provocation. These can have devastating health consequences including pain, decreased quality of life, loss of independence and even death.
Two of our nurses run the STOP smoking program at the Sauble FHT. Counseling and support are offered along with free smoking cessation aids. Followup is provided to help our patients quit smoking. Please call (519) 422-1321 to book an appointment with the nurse for smoking cessation.
Currently, about 20 % of our patients at the Sauble Family Health Team smoke cigarettes. This greatly increases the risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung cancer is the second-most diagnosed cancer in Grey & Bruce counties and accounts for 25% of all cancer deaths.