How do I find a doctor?
Family DoctorsWhen you move to Peterborough, you should try to find a family doctor immediately. To do this, you can:
- Register with the Family Health Team (FHT) (an organization committed to expanding access to primary care)
- Register with Health Care Connect (a service offered by the Ontario Government to help Ontario residents find a family doctor)
- Ask friends or family members if their doctor is accepting new patients
- Use the Doctor Search service from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- Ask the hospital
What if I don’t have a doctor?If you do not have your own doctor, you can go to the Peterborough Day Clinic, or the Lansdowne Place Walk-In Clinic or the Emergency Room at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. If you are not very sick or seriously injured, you may have to wait for several hours before seeing a doctor. People who are very sick or badly injured will be helped first.
Other options if you don’t have a family doctor:
- Health Care Options Medical Services Directory
- Telehealth Ontario (see link below)
Telehealth OntarioTelehealth Ontario is a telephone service that lets you talk to a registered nurse at any time. For minor medical issues, this can be faster than waiting in a clinic waiting room. The nurse can give you advice, and can tell you if a doctor or emergency room visit is necessary.
Telehealth service is available in English and French. A translator can by provided for more than 100 languages. Telehealth Ontario is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be reached by dialling 1-866-797-0000 or, if you use a TTY phone (teletypewriter), 1-866-797-0007.
You do not need OHIP to use Telehealth.