Types of Staff at WCHC
A team approach to primary health care supports the health of the whole person. Health care providers work together, sharing their knowledge with each other and with clients. When clients have complex health issues or need a range of supports, the health care team works together to address those needs. All WCHC providers focus on health promotion and illness prevention.
WCHCâ€™s health care team includes:
Chiropodists assess, treat and prevent foot problems. They monitor clients with risks, to prevent the onset of serious foot problems.
Clinical Nurses assess the nature of patients’ presenting problems. They perform some procedures, provide health teaching, and have appointments with patients for client intake and smoking cessation.
Community Health Workers work on issues that affect the health of the broader community. They work with many partner agencies, and run group programs for youth, seniors, parents of young children, and the farming community.
Counsellors (Therapists) provide mental health support and education to individuals, families, couples and community groups.
Family Physicians and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) work together to assess, diagnose, treat and manage episodic and chronic illness. They work with patients and families in appointments and take part in some group programs.
Health Promoter identifies broad factors and policy issues that affect community health. The Health Promoter supports the work of Woolwich Healthy Communities and its sub-groups.
Hospice Coordinator works with trained volunteers to support families of someone who has a life altering illness. The Hospice Coordinator also runs caregiver programs.
Lab Technician does bloodwork for routine tests as ordered by the family physicians and NPs. Specialized bloodwork must be done at public labs, such as LifeLabs locations.
Medical Receptionists schedule appointments for all providers, direct phone calls, greet clients and provide information. They also do program registrations and provide clerical support to staff.
Physiotherapy Staff work with registered clients one-on-one to support physical rehabilitation, if clients do not have third party insurance. Physiotherapy staff also run group programs for clients and community members.
Registered Dietitians help clients improve their health through good nutrition and healthy eating. They also work with other staff in group programs.
Well Adult Nurse works with seniors to address basic foot care needs. The Nurse also does a health assessment, and links clients with other community resources as needed.