Read the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of QFHT News, our patient newsletter.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Our next Chronic Disease Self-Management program, held over six Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at 115 Clarence St. (Haynes Hall), is scheduled from April 13 to May 18. Please click here for more information.
Understanding and Coping with Anxiety and Depression
Our next Understanding and Coping with Anxiety and Depression program, held over six Thursday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 220 Bagot St., is scheduled from April 27 to June 1. Please click here for more information.
Our Breastfeeding Drop-In program is offered every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. All babies and parents are welcome. Click here for all the details.
Whooping Cough Vaccine
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health has confirmed that pertussis (whooping cough) has been diagnosed in the Kingston area. Whooping cough is a very serious contagious illness. It is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, sneezing or talking. Persons infected with whooping cough can spread the germ for 21 days after they begin to feel sick. Babies and pregnant women are most at risk, and all children and adults should be immunized against it. Read more here.
QFHT Physician Contact List
For a list of Queen's Family Health Team physicians and nurse practitioners, and reception contact information, effective October, 2015, click here.
QFHT News Archive
Humourous Video Addresses Fecal Occult Blood Test
The Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, has created an animated instructional video on the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), the screening method for average-risk people aged 50 and over for colorectal cancer. It's a simple test that can be done at home, and this video takes all the mystery (and, hopefully, fear) out of it through humourous commentary and visuals.
It is recommended that men and women 50 years of age or older, who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer and do not have symptoms, be screened every two years using an FOBT. Studies show that when this screening test is performed every two years, combined with a colonoscopy for those who test positive, it will reduce death from colorectal cancer by 16 per cent over a decade.
For more information about the FOBT, talk to your health care provider.
Loblaws Dietitian Events, Tours and Workshops
Loblaws Kingston In-Store Dietitian offers free services including educational store tours. Topics include, but are not limited to, healthy eating on a budget, family-friendly meals, food allergies 101 and eating for busy families. Monthly cooking classes and community education events are also offered.
For more information, contact Loblaws dietitian Heather Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-483-2193.