McMaster Family Practice
At McMaster Family Practice (MFP), we are a team of over 90 health care providers dedicated to the health and wellness of you and your family. We are one of three clinics within the McMaster Family Health Team.
As a teaching clinic, we providing training to new family doctors and other health professionals. We’re also always researching the newest ways to provide the best care to our 20,000+ patients!
We’re always here for you and are excited to have you as part of the MFP family!
Do you need a COVID-19 Swab?
Did you know that if you’re a patient at McMaster Family Practice you can now book a time for a COVID swab at your own family doctors office!
You must have one or more of the following symptoms to qualify for a COVID-19 test:
Fever &/or chills
- New onset cough or worsening chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Decreased sense of taste or smell
- Unexplained fatigue, lethargy or malaise
- Muscle aches (myalgias)
The following dates are currently open for the MFP COVID Testing Clinics:
- Wed Sept 8th (am)
- Thurs Sept 9th (evening)
- Friday Sept 10th (pm)
- Mon Sept 13th (am)
- Tues Sept 14th (evening)
- Friday Sept 16th (pm)
If these spots gets booked up quickly, we will be sure to direct you to other testing sites in our community to ensure you have the quickest turnaround time possible.
If demand stays high for testing in our community, this clinic will be extended as long into the Fall as needed.
And remember getting fully vaccinated and practicing proper infection control measures (hand-washing, masking and distancing) are the best ways to ensure you won’t ever need a test!
We do not know when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for us to provide to our patients here at McMaster Family Practice. We will update our website and social media accounts as more information becomes available.
Some helpful information regarding the vaccine is found at the following websites:
City of Hamilton: Coronavirus
Government of Canada: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada
Government of Ontario: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario
Intersections between biomedicine and traditional knowledge and medicines
What is the role of Western biomedicine and Indigenous traditional knowledge and medicines in supporting health and wellbeing? Some of our Indigenous colleagues participated in a Fireside Chat to discuss this topic as part of a series called Maad’ookiing Mshkiki — Sharing Medicine. This project was designed to address the lack of culturally safe and relevant education materials for Indigenous people about vaccination.
In the latest release, Dr. Karen Hill, Dr. Amy Montour, Elva Jamieson, and Ashley Montour speak about how they use both approaches in their respective practices. Drs. Hill and Montour are Indigenous physicians and DFM faculty members, Elva Jamieson is a traditional medicine practitioner, and Ashley Montour is an Indigenous registered practical nurse. Watch the video on the Maad’ookiing Mshkiki YouTube channel.
To accompany the video, the project team developed materials that provide information on a variety of ways to support immune function, including singing, spending time outdoors and drumming. You can find resources on the virtual hub or download graphics to share on social media. The virtual hub also contains previous fireside chats covering topics such as vaccine hesitancy, what is COVID-19 and how the vaccines work.
We are grateful to our Indigenous colleagues for sharing their knowledge and encourage you to share with your network. Follow @SharingMedicine on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #sharingmedicine.
The McMaster Family Health Team is Offering Appointments via Video!
Did you know that the McMaster Family Health Team is now offering appointments via video to all patients using a secure, easy-to-use platform?
A video visit allows you to talk online to your healthcare provider using video chat – all from the safety, comfort and convenience of your own home using your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Many of the appointments booked with your healthcare provider can be scheduled as a video visit. You can request a video visit when you call the clinic to book your appointment.
Here is what some patients have said about their video visits:
– “I feel this platform is long overdue. It is very convenient and saves time, transportation and parking fees. Also provides better time management- no wasted time in the waiting room!”
– “I found it useful and would love this as an alternative especially in poor weather. “
– “I am completely satisfied with this process. I hope it continues even when COVID-19 is no longer an issue. I like it.”
– “One of the positive outcomes of this COVID is additional accessibility with virtual appts, which previously weren’t available when I was bedridden & inquired last Dec. I’m hoping you’ll continue to keep it as an appt option in the future. Thank you so much!”
– “The link was very easy to hook up to. Very pleasant experience.”
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Please review the below documents for information on self-isolation and self-monitoring for coronavirus. For more information, please see our most recent updates on COVID-19.
If you have a fever and/or new onset of cough or difficulty breathing
In the 14 days before symptom onset, you have:
•been to a COVID-19 impacted area, or
•you have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, or
•you have been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to a COVID-19 impacted area
please call your family physician’s office.
To contact your physician at McMaster Family Practice, please call 905-546-9885.
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