News Article

Media Release

April 18, 2017



Urgent Care Service at

Morton Community Healthcare Centre

Moves to Reduced Hours

Lakefield, ON: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beginning May 1, 2017, the urgent care service at the Jane

Furber Clinic (JFC) of the Morton Community Healthcare Centre (MCHC) will be transitioning to an

alternate service provider, and there will be a pause in regular clinic hours temporarily. Planning for an

alternative service is underway and is progressing well. Changes will be communicated to our

community as soon as possible.


All other services at MCHC, including the family doctor at JFC, remain open and

unaffected by this decision.


The Morton Community Healthcare Centre (MCHC) is a not-for-profit organization operating under the

guidance of a volunteer Board of Directors. Since 2009, the facility has housed a team of dedicated

family physicians and allied health care practitioners from the Chemong Family Health Team.         

There are currently over 6,000 persons registered and receiving care from this team at the MCHC site.

Also located on site are several tenant businesses offering such services as cardiology, physiotherapy, foot care, and

radiology. The MCHC operates from the rents received from the family doctors and tenant businesses,

as well as the revenue generated from the paid parking on site. MCHC also funds the laboratory services

currently available every morning to patients of the family doctors and other tenants.


The JFC Urgent Care Clinic was launched four years ago in response to meeting the urgent care needs of

the community as a means to avoid unnecessary emergency department visits. To date, the JFC Urgent

Care Clinic has operated on the MCHC's financial reserves with the intent to attract and secure ongoing

operational funding.


The Board of Directors of the MCHC is no longer able to self-fund the urgent care services at JFC. The

Board has been actively seeking alternative models of funding and continues to work closely with the

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).


"Since the clinic opened in May 2013, the Board of MCHC has been advocating for provincial funding to

support the JFC Urgent Care Clinic from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care," said Glenda

Newson, Board Chair. "The Board will continue to work with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

in the hopes of securing sustainable, ongoing funding to support the JFC Urgent Care Clinic.


" We will make every effort to work collaboratively with those affected staff and our community,

through the transition period," added Newson.


The Board of Directors of MCHC thanks the JFC team for their support in the provision of urgent care

services over the past 4 years. We continue to work hard to secure ongoing sustainable primary care



Anyone requiring urgent care or primary care services who is unattached to a primary care provider may

do the following:

Contact Telehealth Ontario

Contact Health Care Options Ontario

Contact VON Nurse Practitioner Clinic in Keene ( accepting new patients 705-295-1000)

Enlist with Health Care Connect

Access Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Emergency Department as required.

For more Information:

Glenda Newson, Chair, MCHC Board of Directors