Telemedicine Walk-in Clinic opens in Long Sault

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LONG SAULT, On­tario - The Long Sault Phar­macy of­fi­cially opened its new Telemedicine Walk-in Clinic On Satur­day, July 7.

The clinic will be open Tues­days to Satur­days, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pa­tients will video con­fer­ence with a physi­cian, and a physi­cian’s as­sis­tant will ac­com­pany the pa­tients in per­son to as­sist with all con­sul­ta­tions. The con­sul­ta­tions will take place in a clinic room, and a self-reg­is­tra­tion kiosk is avail­able in the wait­ing area.

Bryan Ha­ley, owner of the Long Sault Phar­macy and In­gle­side Phar­macy, would like to thank the Township of South Stor­mont and their Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan for a gen­er­ous grant of $10,000 to help build the fa­cil­ity.

Ha­ley de­cided to start the Telemedicine Walk-in Clinic in Long Sault be­cause of lo­cal ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues in­volv­ing physi­cians. He be­lieves th­ese clin­ics ex­ist in Ot­tawa and Ak­we­sasne as well.

“We found there was a real is­sue with ac­ces­si­bil­ity in the area,” said Ha­ley. “I con­stantly have peo­ple ask­ing me if I know of any fam­ily physi­cians ac­cept­ing pa­tients.”

The doc­tors that will be con­sulted through the clinic are based all over On­tario, with a large per­cent­age re­sid­ing in Toronto. The doc­tors are a part of the Ap­ple­tree Med­i­cal Group.

The clinic is geared to­wards as­sist­ing mi­nor ail­ments. A list of is­sues that the Telemedicine Walk-in Clinic can likely help with is pre­sent in the wait­ing area.

“It’s not a re­place­ment for a fam­ily physi­cian,” said Ha­ley. “Ide­ally, ev­ery­one would have a fam­ily physi­cian, and have ready ac­cess to them. But that’s not the si­t­u­a­tion we’re in right now, and I thought this would be a good way to ad­dress that.”

“Th­ese types of en­ter­prises are very im­por­tant to small com­mu­ni­ties like Long Sault,” said Mayor of South Stor­mont, Jim Ban­croft.

“I am very pleased to have this in the com­mu­nity,” said Guy Lau­zon, MP for Stor­mont, Dun­das and South Glen­garry. “Think­ing out­side of the box with things like this, maybe we can con­tinue to give top health care and still be able to pay the bills.”

Aside from the new clinic, the Long Sault Phar­macy of­fers many ser­vices. Ha­ley re­cently im­ple­mented MYDNA Phar­ma­coge­nomic Test­ing, which as­sess how in­di­vid­u­als’ genes process cer­tain med­i­ca­tions, help­ing to de­ter­mine what med­i­ca­tion some­one should be tak­ing and how much. There is also a health and fit­ness test of­fered, which will al­low staff to rec­om­mend a diet based on how in­di­vid­u­als’ bod­ies break down fats and choles­terols, and other fac­tors.

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