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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

Seniors need exercise too

            “When speaking with seniors from around the City of Kawartha Lakes,” says Community Care’s Health Promotion Co-ordinator, Ryan Alexander, “something I often hear is that they want to stay healthy enough to live independently, at home, for as long as possible.”

            It’s nearly impossible to predict how your health will change as you age, he adds, but there are things we can do to improve the odds—and that includes

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

What do you want in a Patient Ombudsperson?

            The province is inviting Ontarions to tell it what skills, experience and personality traits they would like to see in the province’s first Patient Ombudsperson.

            You can go online at http://www.ontario.ca/page/help-recruit-ontarios-first-patient-ombudsman until Aug. 31 to identify the qualities you think are most important for the role. The province will use this information to guide its selection of Ontario’s first Patient Ombudsperson (let’s call her or him the OPO).

            The OPO will help patients and their caregivers who feel they have not had their concerns resolved through existing processes at hospitals, long-term care homes or community-care centres.

            Key functions of the ombudsperson will include:

  • Addressing unresolved complaints from hospital patients, long-term-care-home residents, community-care-access-centre clients, or their caregivers;
  • Investigating unresolved complaints against health organizations; and
  • Making follow-up recommendations to those organizations.

            The OPO will complement the work of existing organizations in the health system that handle complaints, including the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. He or she will be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and housed in Health Quality Ontario.

            As of Sept. 1, all public hospitals will also have to have a staff member responsible for overseeing patient-relations.

            Mosquitoes collected in Lindsay on July 23 have tested positive for West Nile virus, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is urging people to fight the bite of mosquitoes that can spread the virus.

            “There is no good time or reason to be

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:00

Oh yeah, ragweed’s a-threat’nin’….

            A Toronto couple with a cottage on Four-Mile Lake have been down on their hands and knees grubbing up the ragweed growing along the shoulder of Hughill Road, which runs east from Baseline Road to the lake.

            And they would like some help from the City of Kawartha Lakes, from other area residents, or from anybody who

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:00

Stay cool, Daddio

            Most of us love the hot summer weather—and spend much of the year waiting for it. But it can cause serious concern for seniors, small children, people with chronic medical conditions (like respiratory problems and heart conditions), and outside workers.

            The good news is that heat-related issues like

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Ross considers longer visiting hours

            Ross Memorial Hospital is relaxing its visiting-hours policy to encourage the involvement of family members and close friends in the care of its inpatients—and it wants your feedback.

            The hospital is suggesting it would welcome

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Teaching kids to ‘swim to survive’

            Mitchell Temple-Medhurst died tragically at the Port Stanley Beach in 2004—just one of the more than 500 Canadians who die needlessly every year in unintentional water-related fatalities.

            Like Mitchell, a high percentage of these preventable deaths are of

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Celebrate diversity with Pride Picnic

            Inspired by pride events in Muskoka and Peterborough, a group of City of Kawartha Lakes folks are busy organizing CKL’s inaugural “Pride Picnic” in Victoria Park, downtown Lindsay, on July 11.

            Beginning at 11 am, the picnic will

            What are you passionate about that you need your lungs for? Leaders posed this question to a group of Peterborough County youth who participated in the Love My Life (LML) Tobacco Free workshops that ran for six weeks at the Art School of Peterborough.

            Local youth explored tobacco prevention through positive

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

Meet Lindsay’s newest family doctor

KLHCI President Robyn McNabb welcomes Dr. Jacquelyn Choi

            Jacquelyn Choi is the newest family doctor in the City of Kawartha Lakes. She opened her practice in Lindsay last month.

            She is now accepting

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