Wellesley Township Community Health Centre (WTCHC)
, in the village of Wellesley, and its second access site at the Nurse Practitioner Office in Linwood
, serve a geographical catchment area (click here to see a map
) that includes all of Wellesley Township, and parts of Perth County and Wilmot Township. All residents of this catchment area are eligible to access programs and services offered by WTCHC. However, people MUST
be registered for primary health care with WTCHC, in order to access primary health care appointments, lab services, and on-call. Registered patients can choose their main access site for primary health care - either the health centre in the village of Wellesley or the Nurse Practitioner Office in Linwood.
These health centre sites are NOT walk-in clinics. Same-day, urgent appointments are available to registered patients, but you must call first to make an appointment.
As of April 2012, WTCHC has stopped accepting applications to register for primary health care. WTCHC is committed to maintaining high quality of service delivery and reasonable access for all clients that we accept into our provider caseloads. Our provider caseloads are almost full, and we are now only bringing in new clients who are already on our waiting list. Once we fill our caseloads, there will still be several hundred applicants on our waiting list – if we had funding to hire more providers, we could accept more primary health care clients.
We are asking our funders for more resources to hire more providers, in order to be able to accept more patients. Until that happens, we will not be able to accept new applications. We continue to monitor this situation and we will re-assess whether circumstances have changed such that we might change this decision.
Access to group programs, such as fitness and health education sessions, are not affected by the closure of primary health care intake.
Most of the programs and services at WTCHC and the Nurse Practitioner Office in Linwood focus on these 'priority populations', based on the extent of and unique nature of their health needs, and the availability of other services for these populations.
- Families with young children (0-6 years of age)
- Seniors and their caregivers
- Rural and farming families
- Youth (14-19 years of age).
All residents living in the geographical catchment area of WTCHC are eligible to attend most group programs at WCHC in St. Jacobs. Similarly, all Woolwich Township residents are eligible to attend most group programs offered by WTCHC in Wellesley.
Registration for group programs is done on a 'first come, first served' basis. Group programs are advertised in the community, in local papers, through Township service guides, the health centre website, www.wchc.on.ca
, and through the health centre newsletter, UPDATE
Because of our defined catchment area (click here to see a map
) and model of working with our community, when people move out of the area, they must seek health care in their new community of residence.