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North Lanark Community Health Centre

a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services
Two women display their art Dr. Ken Crawford at work in his exam room Two community volunteers staff a table selling Maple Syrup products as a fundraiser A large group of community members pose in front of the health center after a fundraising and awareness walk for myeloma

As a Team We Can Make a Difference

When you become a client, you become a client of the North Lanark Community Health Centre. Based on your health profile, we will match you with a provider. Our inter-disciplinary team of health care providers and allied health staff will work with you to help you meet your health care goals.

Members of our Health Team include:

Our Receptionists and Medical Secretaries are the first point of contact for clients and community members. They handle the calls, schedule appointments and make referrals for clients. They also offer useful information about the Health Centre and programs and services we offer.

Our Doctors are family physicians who have an expert knowledge of a wide range of common health problems in all age groups and of less common but life threatening and treatable emergencies. They see clients with chronic diseases, emotional difficulties, acute disorders and complex health conditions. They may provide palliative care to people with terminal illnesses. They provide care for people here at the health centre, in hospital and on and on a case-by-case basis, they will see clients in their home. Our MD’s work with the full inter-disciplinary team.

Our Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are Registered Nurses with advanced university education and experience in primary care. Nurse Practitioners offer a unique blend of nursing, medical knowledge and skills. Nurse Practitioners provide a complete spectrum from the beginning of life to the end of life; from wellness care to chronic and complex illness care. NP’s assess and diagnose illness, order diagnostic tests and x-rays and prescribe treatment and medication. They also refer clients to specialists when needed. NP’s offer counseling and education. Our NP’s work with the full inter-disciplinary team.

Our Nurses include Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses. Nurses work with clients from prenatal to seniors to promote health and to provide information and education about their health and wellness concerns. Nurses work with the team to help monitor the client’s condition and response to treatments and medications.

Our Social Workers and Clinical Health Promoter offer individual counselling support services as well as group programs to residents of Lanark. Counselling Services are offered as a means to help people develop skills to address the challenges they face and to build confidence in their own inner strengths and resources. Couples and individuals with children 0-6 years of age can access couples therapy counseling services at our Carleton Place office through the Healthy Young Families program.

Our Respiratory Therapist/Educator works with the Health Team to assist clients with breathing problems. They develop treatment plans and assess options to help people with pneumonia, lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), recent lung surgery, and other medical conditions that affect breathing. They work with other members on the team to provide individual smoking cessation counseling.

Our Community Health Worker works with individuals, organizations and coalitions to address community needs. Currently our work focuses on: mental health and wellness, physical activity, families with young children, healthy eating, volunteer engagement, and community capacity building related to poverty, food security, chronic disease, mental health and addictions.

Our Dietitian offers client education and support to help clients make informed decisions about their nutrition and lifestyle choices through individual appointments and group programs.

Our Chiropodist specializes in the management and prevention of disease and disorders of the foot. Primary care clients of the health centre can be referred to our chiropodist by their physician or nurse practitioner.

Our Speech Language Pathologist works with children from birth until the beginning of their senior kindergarten year. They provide assessment and intervention services in the areas of speech, language, social communication and literacy development. Intervention services include: parent education; group and individual intervention; home programming and consultation to childcare, school, other agencies and professionals.