Smoking Cessation

“…I opened the book…by the time I finished it I was an ex-smoker. It really has been that simple.” — Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara, writing in the Globe & Mail, Apr 2004 “Being a smoker is like being trapped in a complicated maze. It’s as if Allen Carr has a plan of that maze….Instantly, I was freed from my addiction.” — Sir Anthony Hopkins, Actor

  • DCHC has purchased 2 books to loan to those in the community that would like to quit smoking. We are committed to finding different methods for the success of cessation.
  • Allen Carr was a chain smoker for over thirty years. After countless miserable attempts to quit, he discovered what every smoker dreams of – an easy way to stop smoking.
  • Carr is now widely regarded as the leading expert on stopping smoking.

NEW Prescription Renewal Policy for Dr. Szabo

Dr. Szabo is changing the way she manages prescription renewal requests. Effective immediately, faxed prescription renewal requests will not be automatically refilled. Dr. Szabo strongly believes it is important to be seen in person to review the effectiveness of your medication, evaluate the dose, and assess for side effects.  During your visit, Dr. Szabo will provide you with enough medication, including refills, until she needs to see you again.

The staff is here to help you with this transition, but it is your responsibility to schedule an appointment prior to running out medication. Please find some suggestions to help in the prevention of running out of medication:

  • Make a follow-­up appointment before you leave the doctor’s office.
  • If you did not book a follow up appointment, make sure you call and make an appointment 2-­3 weeks prior to running out of your medication.
  • Bring your current medications to each appointment (or a list available from your pharmacy).
  • Check with your pharmacist before your next appointment to determine if you will need any renewals.

We recognize that some of our patients have unique situations and will find Dr. Szabo’s prescription renewal policy challenging. Therefore, certain medications may be renewed by phone. Unfortunately, this is a non-insured OHIP service and a $15.00 fee will apply. If this fee is not paid, then future prescribing by phone will be refused by Dr. Szabo.

Thank you for your support as we strive to provide excellent care to our community.

$35.00 fee for Missed Appointments

Please be advised that there will be a $35.00 fee for all missed appointments that are not cancelled within 24 business hours.   When phoning to cancel, if the reception is busy there is an option to leave a message on the appointment cancellation line at extension 401.

  • If you are charged for missing your appointment, the fee must be paid to the receptionist prior to booking additional appointments.
  • Appointments are scheduled for a specific amount of time.  Please note that if you are late you will only have the remainder of your allotted time or you may lose your appointment altogether.

Seniors exercise program a hit in Delhi

Originally posted in the Simcoe Reformer – By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:57:33 EST PM

DELHI – An active senior is a healthy senior.

And when seniors are active, they are also happier.

That is the philosophy behind an exercise and sports program that was launched at Delhi Community Health Centre in March. By time it winds down in March of 2013, nearly 60 seniors in all from the Delhi area will have reaped the benefits.

The program was made possible by a $25,000 grant from Ottawa’s New Horizons for Seniors initiative. Saturday, local MP Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources & Skills Development, attended the health centre to speak about the program’s objectives.

“It’s so important that we recognize the special needs of our seniors,” Finley said. “They built this community. We didn’t come in and do that ourselves. They looked after us and now it’s our turn to look after them.”

Seniors often withdraw and go into decline once they stop being active. The program offered at the health centre gets them moving for an hour twice a week. The benefits are not only physical, but emotional as well as psychological.

“It gets them up and out of the house,” says health centre co-ordinator Linda VanLondersele. “They really like the social aspect as well. Some have really excelled and mastered the exercises, so they are doing well at helping others too.”

Exercise co-ordinator Jessica Vandenbussche has put together a low-impact program that strengthens the legs, arms and core. Hand and knee exercises are blended with routines that draw on low-impact yoga and tai chi. The payoff is greater strength and improved balance, two bulwarks against dreaded falls that so often land seniors in the hospital with broken bones or worse.

The $25,000 grant is one-time money. The goal is to get the ball rolling and make the program self-perpetuating. Vandenbussche says some of the program participants have offered to volunteer as exercise leaders for others. She will also advise seniors about similar programs on offer elsewhere in the community.

The Harper government has devoted $35.6 million to the New Horizons for Seniors Program. To date, the funds have been used to fund 2,000 community-based initiatives such as the one in Delhi.

Monte Sonnenberg

519-426-3528 ext. 150

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