The diabetes program will provide you and your family with the education and support to help you manage your diabetes. We will discuss preventative care to reduce complications of diabetes and associated risk factors and answer and questions or concerns.
Who could benefit from this program?
- If you have been diagnosed with diabetes
- If your doctor says you are at high risk of developing diabetes
- If you want to better manage your diabetes.
This is a collaboration with our staff and Diabetes Canada.
The SFHT provides Ontario Telemedicine Services to rostered patients as well as community patients, increasing access to specialized physicians not available in Sault Ste. Marie and area, providing cost savings associated with travel grants. The SFHT site is also available to other non-rostered patients and often utilized if other OTN sites are unavailable and or overbooked.
OTN uses videoconferencing and other electronic equipment to connect you so that will not have to leave your home community.
Some of the areas of care are:
- Telederm (Dermatology)
- Endocrinology (including Transgender Specialist)
- Mental Health (Psychiatry, including addiction)
- Mental Health (Child Psychiatry)
- Palliative Care
- Pain Management
Warfarin Management Program
Warfarin, an oral anticoagulant is a medication taken to reduce the formation of blood clots. The goal of the program is to provide a standardized approach to warfarin management, optimization of patient outcomes, and to reduce events related to adverse effects. The warfarin therapy management program is designed and supervised by an interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide high quality, personalized care for program participants.
This program provides the following:
- Review your current prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements to check for possible drug interactions with your warfarin.
- Review eating habits and exercise
- Monitor your lab results for your International Normalized Ration
(INR). It is a blood test that checks how long it takes for blood to clot.
- The higher the INR, the longer it will take blood to clot (and the higher the risk of bleeding).
- Adjust your warfarin dosage as necessary.
- Communicate your results to you
- Discuss results with your Primary Care Provider, regarding
Smoking Cessation Program
We offer individualized intensive smoking cessation support by our TEACH certified smoking cessation counsellors – Registered Respiratory Therapist and Registered Nurse. They are here to counsel, educate and enable Superior Health patients to learn how to quit smoking. Patients may also be seen by the other Superior Health Professionals at times for support with certain lifestyle changes throughout the smoking cessation process, these could include the Registered Dietitian and the Registered Social Workers.
Counselling and educational topics include:
- Behaviour change
- Barriers to quitting
- Quit plans
We follow the Ottawa Heart Model for Primary Care and we are part of the Stop with FHT program which enables us to provide nicotine replacement products at no cost.
A referral is needed from a Superior Health FHT physician or nurse practitioner to schedule an appointment with a smoking cessation counsellor.
The SFHT provides a team-based Memory Clinic for community as well as our rostered patients.
Our Memory Clinic provides comprehensive assessments for patients with memory issues, including:
- A review of the patient’s medical history, medications and test results
- Assessments for memory, cognition and depression
- Driver assessments
- Caregiver stress
- Review of current community supports and identify any gaps
- We diagnose, recommend treatment, provide referrals for community supports and provide follow-up as appropriate.
This is a collaboration with SFHT clinical staff and the Alzheimer Society.