The PFHT Clinic at the Morton Community Healthcare Centre

Episodic Care for Seasonal Residents and those without a permanent family physician

Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT) launched the new PFHT Clinic on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Morton Community Healthcare Centre. The clinic will provide acute and episodic care to patients. These patients will meet with PFHT Nurse Practitioner (NP), Lorie Dunford, who will provide permanent residents with continuity of care until they become connected with a family doctor and seasonal residents with access to episodic care. The main goal of the PFHT Clinic is to connect unattached permanent residents to new family doctors who move to the community.

The PFHT Clinic will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; however, these hours are subject to change during the busy summer months. Patients are encouraged to book an appointment by calling 705-651-4866 and walk-ins will be given the next available appointment. In addition to providing care, the NP will help connect patients with local supports to help them manage their health care needs. Patients are asked to present 30 minutes early to the first appointment to complete the appropriate paperwork. Patients are asked to bring their Health card to all appointments. Please note that narcotic prescriptions will not be available to any patient at this clinic.

Note that certain types of acute care involving traumatic injury or accident, or cardiac arrest, symptoms of stroke or other serious emergency conditions cannot be properly assessed or treated at the MCHC clinic. If you require emergency care, please call 911, or proceed directly to Peterborough Regional Health Centre in Peterborough, Ontario.

To book an appointment call 705-651-4866.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides personalized, quality healthcare to patients. Ontario nurse practitioners provide a full range of healthcare services to individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings including hospitals and community-based clinics in cities and smaller towns in Ontario. We work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals such as social workers, midwives, mental health professionals and pharmacists to keep you, your family and your community well.

What does a Nurse Practitioner do?

A nurse practitioner provides care to patients of all ages with a focus on preventing disease, promoting good health and curing illness. We are part of your Family Health Team. We play an important role in helping you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, and to understand and/or treat your illness. We also work with your community to promote good health and prevent disease. As a member of your Family Health Team, we offer a variety of healthcare services including the ability to:

  • Diagnose and treat illness and/or injuries
  • Perform physical check-ups
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Write prescriptions
  • Provide counselling and education
  • Provide supportive care through illness
  • Provide treatments and/or procedures
  • Make referrals to family physicians, specialists and other health professionals

The Chemong Family Health Organization employs nurse practitioner(s) to assist in the delivery of primary health care to registered patients of physicians at the MCHC.