children ugg See a physician by teleconference at Station Mall
SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO
The doctors are in and are seeing patients in the new walk in clinic, which opened its doors in the Station Mall in late 2012.
Since this clinic is a bit different I visited it to find out what was happening in the facility close to the new Wal Mart at the west end of the mall. Everything was the same as I had experienced in past visits to the walk in clinics at the hospital or Group Health Centre. I showed my Ontario Health Card and briefly explained the nature of my problem.
After a short time I met Fawzy Beshara, a graduate of Cairo University medical program in Egypt. He has written the exams to become a doctor in Canada and is waiting to do his residency here.
Fawzy screens patients, examines them and takes a full history just as a resident would do to assist a physician.
The doctor arrived onscreen and the consultation began.
The big difference here is that Dr. Nayyar Razvi was in his office in Toronto and I was still in a clinic in Sault Ste. Marie.
Fawzy remains in the room the entire time and is prepared to offer any assistance required to the patient or the doctor. The Toronto physician appears on a large screen monitor in the consultation room and the patient appears on his monitor. The image and sound were crystal clear. It was akin to a face to face conversation as questions were asked and answered in real time.
Patients who might have any fears of being recorded and showing up as a star on the Web can relax.
The consultation is not recorded and the equipment is purchased,
installed and serviced by companies selected by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care so there is no chance that your medical issues will be broadcast around the world.
Had I required a prescription, Razvi would have written one for me and I could have had it filled either at the pharmacy at that clinic; or the pharmacy of my choice.
Telemedicine uses telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and improve access to medical services that might not be consistently available in some communities.
It reduces the strain on existing clinics and allows access to a doctor for those who may not have one at this time. Anyone with a valid Ontario Health Card is welcome to use the clinic with a few exclusion criteria because the service is provided via the Ontario Telemedicine Network. They are not set up to treat emergency presentations such as severe chest pain or abdominal pain.
On occasion Fawzy has had an ambulance summoned to transport patients to the Sault Area Hospital for treatment. The clinic does neither suturing nor the removal of sutures and does not give injections. The exception here is the flu shot, which is available at the clinic pharmacy.
Narcotic prescriptions or renewals of prescriptions or renewals of any controlled substance are also not handled at the clinic. Pelvic or genital exams are not done at this site. The clinic also prefers not to treat children under the age of four years.
An added bonus is the fact that since the clinic is in the Station Mall you can check in to the clinic, leave your cell phone number,
shop in the mall and receive a phone call about 10 minutes before it is your turn to see the doctor. And parking is free of charge.