Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
Nurse practitioner-led clinics offer important health services such as comprehensive primary care, illness prevention and health promotion, diagnosis and treatment of episodic and chronic illness, health assessments and primary mental health care. Nurse practitioners in these clinics collaborate with an inter-professional team of health care providers and support staff, which may include registered nurses, registered practical nurses, collaborating family physicians, registered dietitians, pharmacists and social workers.
Understanding Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
How do I become a patient at a nurse practitioner-led clinic?
Becoming a patient at a nurse practitioner-led clinic is voluntary. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed many programs to assist Ontarians in accessing primary health care. If you wish to become a patient at a nurse practitioner-led clinic, please contact one of the following :
- Health Care Connect or call 1-800-445-1822
- Health Care Options
- Service Ontario INFO line at 1-866-532-3161
If your local nurse practitioner-led clinic is open and accepting patients you may contact them directly. You do not need to be referred to a nurse practitioner-led clinic by a health care provider.
What types of services are provided by at a nurse practitioner-led clinic?
Nurse practitioner-led clinics deliver :
- Comprehensive primary care to patients in the community ensuring continuity of care;
- Holistic care that addresses all needs of each patient;
- Enhanced health promotion;
- Chronic Disease and illness management and prevention;
- Care coordination and navigation of the health care system; and
- Integrated care within the community through established partnerships.