Your LHIN Community Bulletin

The Community Bulletin is an annual report used to update the public and other stakeholders on our progress over the previous 12 months. This year’s report focused on local information relevant to our specific geographic localities.

An Integrated System of Care

The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) covers an area from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million people. The South West LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in Grey, * Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin and Norfolk* counties.

What could our health system look like for patients?

Our vision for primary care is one that is accessible, connected and there when you need it. Let’s use an example of a 78-year-old widow named Beatrice who moves to the LHIN from another part of Ontario to live with her daughter. In the future, Beatrice registers with her local office for health care to… Read more »

Accessing the right care when needed

How long do people wait in the South West LHIN?

Transportation service gets clients to and from appointments

Bryan Gibbins, 88, of Meaford, gave up driving several years ago. Since then, he and his wife have had to find other ways to get to and from medical appointments. For the past five years, they have been using MOVIN’GB for appointments in Owen Sound, Thornbury, and as far away as Toronto. They also use the service for errands like groceries. MOVIN’GB… Read more »

Clinics help people manage their diabetes

Are you or someone you know living with diabetes? Diabetes Grey Bruce provides education, support, case management and coaching to adults and children with diabetes, as well as those at risk of developing the disease. A certified diabetes educator can help people confidently manage their diabetes so they have better blood sugar control, fewer visits to the emergency department, and shorter stays… Read more »

Life after stroke: Greg’s story

Greg Misener, 58, of Stratford, was driving home from London in December 2015, when he felt something was wrong. He was exhausted, and his face and left arm were tingling. He pulled over to the side of the road for some fresh air, but when he stepped out of his van, he crumbled to the… Read more »

Hospitals work to create senior-friendly environments

A stay in hospital can be overwhelming for anyone. For seniors in particular, it can create a greater level of frailty, or sometimes lead to more health problems. A province-wide initiative, The Senior Friendly Hospital Strategy, is helping seniors stay healthy while they are hospitalized, so they can safely return home. Across Ontario, hospitals will… Read more »

Help for those facing a mental health crisis

The Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Centre is now open 24/7 to provide crisis support for anyone who walks into the centre in need of help, no referral necessary. The Crisis Centre is located at 648 Huron Street in London. The Centre assists adults 16 years of age and older who do not require hospital… Read more »

Day programs for those living with a brain injury

Rick sustained a brain injury in a vehicle collision in 2007. Although he accessed services from the outreach program at Dale Brain Injury Services a few hours a week, he still spent much of his time bored at home. Everything changed when he began attending an adult day program offered by Dale Brain Injury Services… Read more »

Strong voices for young adults with special health needs

The South West LHIN would like to recognize the dedication of Rick and Rosemary McEllistrum. Rick and Rosemary, along with other families, fought to ensure young adults who are medically complex receive the right care they need to live better lives. Their daughter, Krista, was born with cerebral palsy and was diagnosed as a spastic… Read more »

Walk-in appointments for better mental health

Grieving, stressed, or just needing someone to talk to? The Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford County, in partnership with Woodstock Hospital, Oxford Elgin Child and Youth Centre and the United Way, offers free walk-in counselling services in communities across Oxford County. No referral or appointment is needed, and people are seen on a first come, first served basis. Services are available for… Read more »

Exercise classes keep seniors active and strong

We all know the benefits of regular exercise include stress relief, weight management and better sleep, and in the South West LHIN there are also exercise classes that help keep seniors strong, independent and prevent falls. In Oxford County alone there are 33 Exercise and Falls Prevention locations for people ages 55 and older. At… Read more »

District stroke centre now in St. Thomas

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is now home to one of four district stroke centres in the South West LHIN. As of April 2016, the district stroke centre is a specialized unit on D Wing of the Continuing Care Centre, dedicated to providing both acute and rehabilitative care for all stroke patients. “In this new integrated model, our stroke patients… Read more »

Aging with dignity in long-term care

One gentleman living in long-term care in Elgin County now quietly enjoys his meals with his wife thanks to the Behavioural Supports Ontario team and its patient-centred strategy. The team’s approach saw the man’s verbal aggression significantly decrease, allowing both him and other residents to enjoy their meals. The team studied the resident’s social history, worked with the family and made alternate arrangements… Read more »

Changing the DIE-alogue on palliative care

Discussing end of life issues can make many people uncomfortable, but a new event in Elgin County is changing the way we talk about death and dying. The Elgin Palliative Care Collaborative and Oxford Elgin Palliative Care Outreach Teams have launched a series of free events called DIE-alogue sessions. Each session offers discussion on end of life issues, education on palliative care,… Read more »

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  • Your LHIN Community Bulletin

    The Community Bulletin is an annual report used to update the public and other stakeholders on our progress over the previous 12 months. This year’s report focused on local information relevant to our specific geographic localities.

  • An Integrated System of Care

    The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) covers an area from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million people. The South West LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in Grey, * Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin and Norfolk* counties.

  • What could our health system look like for patients?

    Our vision for primary care is one that is accessible, connected and there when you need it. Let’s use an example of a 78-year-old widow named Beatrice who moves to the LHIN from another part of Ontario to live with her daughter. In the future, Beatrice registers with her local office for health care to… Read more »

  • Accessing the right care when needed

    How long do people wait in the South West LHIN?

  • Transportation service gets clients to and from appointments

    Bryan Gibbins, 88, of Meaford, gave up driving several years ago. Since then, he and his wife have had to find other ways to get to and from medical appointments. For the past five years, they have been using MOVIN’GB for appointments in Owen Sound, Thornbury, and as far away as Toronto. They also use the service for errands like groceries. MOVIN’GB… Read more »

  • Clinics help people manage their diabetes

    Are you or someone you know living with diabetes? Diabetes Grey Bruce provides education, support, case management and coaching to adults and children with diabetes, as well as those at risk of developing the disease. A certified diabetes educator can help people confidently manage their diabetes so they have better blood sugar control, fewer visits to the emergency department, and shorter stays… Read more »

  • Life after stroke: Greg’s story

    Greg Misener, 58, of Stratford, was driving home from London in December 2015, when he felt something was wrong. He was exhausted, and his face and left arm were tingling. He pulled over to the side of the road for some fresh air, but when he stepped out of his van, he crumbled to the… Read more »

  • Hospitals work to create senior-friendly environments

    A stay in hospital can be overwhelming for anyone. For seniors in particular, it can create a greater level of frailty, or sometimes lead to more health problems. A province-wide initiative, The Senior Friendly Hospital Strategy, is helping seniors stay healthy while they are hospitalized, so they can safely return home. Across Ontario, hospitals will… Read more »

  • Help for those facing a mental health crisis

    The Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Centre is now open 24/7 to provide crisis support for anyone who walks into the centre in need of help, no referral necessary. The Crisis Centre is located at 648 Huron Street in London. The Centre assists adults 16 years of age and older who do not require hospital… Read more »

  • Day programs for those living with a brain injury

    Rick sustained a brain injury in a vehicle collision in 2007. Although he accessed services from the outreach program at Dale Brain Injury Services a few hours a week, he still spent much of his time bored at home. Everything changed when he began attending an adult day program offered by Dale Brain Injury Services… Read more »