Processing for Securing a New Family Doctor

IMAGE_AboutUs_Staff_MSFitzpatrick_25FE11Mary Sue Fitzpatrick
Vice President, Physician Recruitment

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Securing a family doctor in Waterloo Region can seem like a daunting task, especially when you don’t know where to begin. Luckily, there are a number of family health teams and centres taking on new patients in Waterloo Region and we are excited that the practices in question are growing as new doctors come to our community. Before listing the practices I should mention that there is a simple process you MUST follow in order to be accepted. It is easy, but essential.

Application Process

When searching for a family physician there are a few steps you have to follow in order to make the process move as fast as possible as well as find the doctor best suited to you. Here are the steps:

1.    Register with Health Care Connect. You must do this in order to be eligible to join the practices now accepting patients. You can do this by calling 1-800-445-1822 or by visiting their website.
2.    Visit the physician or practice’s website and contact them to be put on a waiting list. Ensure you mention you have registered with Health Care Connect recently as they will ask you to do this before taking you on as a patient.
3.    Follow up with the physician’s office 2 weeks after registering with Health Care Connect.

Those are the 3 simple steps you should make to ensure you register with a family physician quickly and efficiently.

Who’s Accepting Patients?

There are three family health teams and centres accepting patients at the moment and they are follows:

Northfield @ The Boardwalk (formerly the Northfield Medical Centre)

Contact Info: www.northfieldmedical.ca | Tel: 519.744.2592

Mango Tree Family Health Team

Contact Info: www.mangotreefht.com | Tel: 519.224.0540

Andrew Street Family Health Centre

Contact Info: www.andrewstfamilyhealth.com | Tel: 519.804.9234