To access this program, you need a referral from a family physician. If you do not have a local family physician, please browse and
contact a doctor on this list of physicians
accepting new patients to discuss this program.
While the senior citizens in our community can address many
of their care needs with their family physicians, some conditions and concerns do
benefit from the involvement of a specialist known as a geriatrician, a
physician that specializes in the care of elderly patients. Geriatricians
have a unique understanding of the illnesses and challenges that can be
associated with aging, and can work closely with family physicians to screen
for conditions like Alzheimer's, and to make recommendations for the patient's
future care plan.
Our Telegeriatric Assessments program prevents the need for patients to
travel to Edmonton to consult with a geriatrician. First, our nurses meet with
patients and their families at our Central Clinic, conducting a thorough
assessment, taking a detailed medical history, and screening for the presence
of any difficulties in the patient's daily activities. They may also coordinate
additional testing at the hospital, which could consist of diagnostic imaging
and other screening tests.
After the initial visit has been completed, a second session
will be booked at our Fort McMurray Central Clinic for the patient and their
family to consult remotely over Telehealth - a secure form of
video-conferencing - with an Edmonton-based geriatrician. The geriatrician will
then connect with the patient's family physician to discuss their
recommendations for the patient's future care.
If you believe that either you or a loved one
could benefit from a Telegeriatric Assessment with a geriatrician, talk to your family physician or contact the Wood Buffalo PCN.