With an overloaded healthcare system, sometimes even simple appointments can be daunting due to the line-ups, lists and location.
However, Howick residents now have another avenue to access health services, the Family Health Coop located at 70A Lambton.
The Coop is modeled after others in the province, but particularly their mentor Coop in St-Isidore. Those who wish to be a member, whether they are individuals, businesses or companies, pay an annual fee and have access to services such as vaccinations, blood tests, answers to their questions, and a variety of other services. As well, members have the ability to vote at the annual general meeting.
The local churches in Howick had been sponsoring nursing services in the community for 15 years, but the program became bigger than the local churches could manage, so Tolhurst resigned in order to “carry on what had been established and expand the services.”
Tolhurst says it is a truly collaborative project that will require the support of volunteers, the community and various fundraisers.
Currently, they are organizing two fundraisers, first a Harvest Walk/Run on October 4th, and secondly, they are raffling off a donated quilt and the winner will be announced December 1st.
“Volunteers will be needed to support the work of the clinic,” says Tolhurst, “Fundraising is always necessary as well as some small hands on tasks like transport of specimens to the hospital and other delegated tasks.”
Funds right now are being used to renovate and provide basic services. The operating hours have not been confirmed yet however, the flu vaccination dates will be set at the next meeting. And mark your calendars because the official opening will be November 1st.
“The concept of teamwork and collaboration is very much a part of the philosophy of the cooperatives. It is also a big part of successful healthcare,” says Tolhurst, “many players contribute to a successful outcome.”
You can find more information by visiting coopsantefamiliale.org or calling 514-773-7854