There are approximately sixty primary care physicians in Chatham-Kent. There are many residents waiting for a family physician in Chatham-Kent. You may choose to take over a retiring physician’s practice or start your own new practice where there will be support with the onboarding of patients.
Contact Kim at FamilyPhysiciansCK to determine which practice opportunity is right for you.
Team-Based Practice Models
Family Health Teams are primary health care teams are teams of interprofessional health providers that provide comprehensive primary care. Although team composition may differ, they typically include family physicians- solo or a group- who work in concert with other healthcare providers, such as nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and more.
More information on Family Health Teams https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/fht/
More information on Primary Health Care Teams https://www.afhto.ca/what-are-primary-health-care-teams
Chatham-Kent currently has 3 Family Health Teams and 1 Community Health Centres over 13 locations across our community.
Thamesview Family Health Team (TFHT)
TFHT provides comprehensive, patient-centred primary health care for patients of all ages in an environment of mutual respect and collaboration within our team and the community. There are multiple locations across Chatham-Kent with a large number of physicians to work with. Physicians in TFHT are able to practice inpatient work at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance through a team system. Physicians also have the ability to offer obstetrics in the community if they desire.
TFHT is a centre of excellence for the training of future generations of health care professionals. Weekly lunch and learns, some of which count towards CME credits, are available to further individual education. TFHT physicians are also able to become preceptors with Schulich School of Medicine teaching Family Medicine residents and medical students.
Chatham-Kent Family Health Team (CKFHT)
The Chatham-Kent Family Health Team will offer you the opportunity to tailor your family practice. You will join a 23-member (and growing) FHO who are located across the five sites of your FHT. We offer modern, well equipped clinical facilities that are in both rural and urban settings. Our offices are turn-key and fully staffed for your convenience. We use Accuro EMR and all sites are inter-connected. You can choose to live in an urban centre if you wish and enjoy all the benefits of a rural practice.
It’s all about lifestyle:
- a short commute
- surrounded by the Great Lakes offering endless outdoor recreational activities for every season
- a moderate climate means less snow and a longer growing season
- affordable housing and cost of living
- major sporting and entertainment events and international travel within an hour’s drive
Tilbury District Family Health Team (TDFHT)
The Tilbury District Family Health Team (TDFHT) is an interdisciplinary team committed to improving health and well-being of our community through accessible primary health care programs and services.
TDFHT is an inter-professional group of health care practitioners, providing health care in an integrated, respectful and holistic environment to help keep patients healthy before illness occurs. TDFHT includes services such as: Nurse practitioners; A dietitian; Social workers; Pharmacists; A chiropodist; Registered nurses; Certified diabetes and lung health educators; A phlebotomist; A respiratory therapist
The focus of the health team is on disease management and prevention, acute care and health promotion.
Our community boarders the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions. Both districts offer great climate and a variety of activities for people of all ages and interests.
Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre (CKCHC)
The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres are non-profit, community governed, multi-service health centres that provide primary health care, health promotion and community development services all under one roof.
We are designed with the community in mind and for that reason we serve persons of all ages who are economically and/or socially disadvantaged with a focus on:
- Mental health and addictions
- Persons that face barriers such as race, language, culture and sexual orientation
- Persons who are homeless/under-housed or at risk for homelessness
CKCHC has a diverse healthcare team including: addictions and Mental Health therapist, child & youth workers, chiropodist, health promoters, low german family support worker, NP’s, Eating Disorders NPs, physiotherapists, Registered Respiratory Therapists, occupational therapist, physician assistant, dietitians, RN’s, RPN’s, kinesiologists, social workers, traditional healers, and traditional healing community outreach worker.
Chatham is small enough that Family Physicians play an integral part with regards to Primary Care, but also in the ED, inpatient hospital care, the Hospice, and for me, Low-Risk Obstetrics. It is important for me to do all of the varied aspects of medicine that I love and working in Chatham-Kent allows me to do that!