April 18, 2017
Urgent Care Service at
Morton Community Healthcare Centre
Moves to Reduced Hours
Lakefield, ON: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Beginning May 1, 2017, the urgent care service at the Jane
Furber Clinic (JFC) of the Morton Community Healthcare Centre (MCHC) will be transitioning to an
alternate service provider, and there will be a pause in regular clinic hours temporarily. Planning for an
alternative service is underway and is progressing well. Changes will be communicated to our
community as soon as possible.
All other services at MCHC, including the family doctor at JFC, remain open and
unaffected by this decision.
The Morton Community Healthcare Centre (MCHC) is a not-for-profit organization operating under the
guidance of a volunteer Board of Directors. Since 2009, the facility has housed a team of dedicated
family physicians and allied health care practitioners from the Chemong Family Health Team.
There are currently over 6,000 persons registered and receiving care from this team at the MCHC site.
Also located on site are several tenant businesses offering such services as cardiology, physiotherapy, foot care, and
radiology. The MCHC operates from the rents received from the family doctors and tenant businesses,
as well as the revenue generated from the paid parking on site. MCHC also funds the laboratory services
currently available every morning to patients of the family doctors and other tenants.
The JFC Urgent Care Clinic was launched four years ago in response to meeting the urgent care needs of
the community as a means to avoid unnecessary emergency department visits. To date, the JFC Urgent
Care Clinic has operated on the MCHC's financial reserves with the intent to attract and secure ongoing
The Board of Directors of the MCHC is no longer able to self-fund the urgent care services at JFC. The
Board has been actively seeking alternative models of funding and continues to work closely with the
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
"Since the clinic opened in May 2013, the Board of MCHC has been advocating for provincial funding to
support the JFC Urgent Care Clinic from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care," said Glenda
Newson, Board Chair. "The Board will continue to work with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
in the hopes of securing sustainable, ongoing funding to support the JFC Urgent Care Clinic.
" We will make every effort to work collaboratively with those affected staff and our community,
through the transition period," added Newson.
The Board of Directors of MCHC thanks the JFC team for their support in the provision of urgent care
services over the past 4 years. We continue to work hard to secure ongoing sustainable primary care
Anyone requiring urgent care or primary care services who is unattached to a primary care provider may
do the following:
• Contact Telehealth Ontario
• Contact Health Care Options Ontario
• Contact VON Nurse Practitioner Clinic in Keene ( accepting new patients 705-295-1000)
• Enlist with Health Care Connect
• Access Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Emergency Department as required.
For more Information:
Glenda Newson, Chair, MCHC Board of Directors