A chronic disease is any condition that someone lives with over the long term, such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes. Chronic diseases can be difficult for patients to manage and challenging for the health system. Our interdisciplinary team works with patients who have chronic conditions to support them in achieving optimal health and well-being.
Chronic Disease Management (CDM)
Our primary health care team will works with patients to manage their chronic disease with a goal of minimizing complications.
Patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease, are seen for CDM appointment, by the primary health care team members which may include arranged visits with: Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, Lab Technician, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Certified Respiratory Educator, or Counsellor in addition to on-going support by the patient’s family physician.
The Health Information Centre, located in the rose area of the Downtown Clinic, is a self-serve patient library. There are also pamphlets at the back entrance of the building and in other locations of our buildings, for patient reference.
All of our health care workers have access on their computer desktop to a list of recommended websites. If you would like a copy please speak to your health care provider or print off here: Health On-Line.
We offer group programs that focus on health promotion, disease prevention, chronic conditions and group education. Programs are offered depending on current needs. Please watch for posters and announcements in our newsletters for upcoming programs and events.
- Kids’ Drop-in Clinic and Parent Resource Centre
- Drop-in Prenatal and Postnatal Classes
- Pathways to Wellness is a safe and supportive educational program focused on wellbeing and recovery that meets twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Westside Community Clinic. Tuesdays is an education group meeting and Thursdays is a crafts and support group. Childcare and snacks are provided.
- Fitness, Food and Fun Chronic Disease Group (held offsite at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge)
Please ask your health care provider for more information about these programs or pick up our newsletter at the Clinic. We may also be able to refer you to other community programs that can help you and your family.