December 9, 2021
Streamlining our local specialist referral system!
As we know, referrals are an administrative burden. The Western Ontario Health Team (WOHT) and LMPCA are working to streamline the current referral system. The plan is to implement the Ocean eReferral platform at no cost to providers.

How to get involved?

Step 1: Join WOHT's co-design sessions as together we build a digital referral form to support eReferral uptake. This form will:

  • help set up more specialists on eReferral
  • be the standard referral form for an upcoming eFax feature, allowing all referrals to be sent through Ocean whether or not specialists are on Ocean
  • allow Ocean to house all referral forms instead of clinics having to do so.
Session dates:

  • Session 1: December 14, 2021 - 5:00-6:30 pm
  • purpose of referral, select referral form data items for consultant information, patient information, referring provider information, and start clinical information
  • Session 2: January 11, 2022 - 7:00-8:30 pm
  • continue selecting referral form data for clinical information data items

Participants will be reimbursed at standard WOHT rates.

Space is limited - register now!
COVID-19 - NEW from MLHU, Omicron variant, and more
MLHU strongly recommends limited social gatherings in December

Due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, including the Omicron variant, and the expected increase in ICU occupancy, MLHU released the following recommendations today:
  1. Everyone should limit indoor social gatherings in private dwellings to no more than 10 people. All attendees 12 years of age and older should be vaccinated.
  2. All unvaccinated individuals 12 years of age and older should avoid any non-essential indoor contact with individuals who are not part of their household.
  3. Where possible, individuals should work remotely.

These recommendations are effective immediately and will be reassessed in four weeks’ time. Read the entire letter of recommendation here.

Omicron variant:

COVID-19 vaccine booster available to 50+ as of December 13:
Starting December 13, individuals 50+ can book an appointment for a booster dose. Appointments to be booked 24 weeks after their second dose, and can be booked online at or at 226-289-3560 (9 am-5 pm, seven days a week).

Free interpretation services / bus tickets for COVID-19 Vaccination:
On-demand, virtual and phone interpretation services are available until August 30, 2022 through the Western Ontario Health Team. Free bus vouchers/tickets are also available to support vaccine appointments if transportation is a barrier (any vaccine, not just COVID-19). Contact:

Vaccine/3rd dose info:

PPE and testing swabs available from Ontario Health West - no cost
COVID-19 & Children ages 5-11
Catch up on COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Ages 5-11

Links shared during Town Hall:

Vaccine info for kids:

Pediatric Vaccine Consult Services:
  • SickKids COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service for providers or parents. Book a one-on-one phone conversation with a health care provider through Support for children/ youth who have complex medical histories or conditions; or require support before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine because of medical complexity, a developmental disorder, or mobility, communication, behavioural or other special needs, including significant fear of needles. This service is available in many languages, using over-the-phone interpretation.
  • The LHSC Children’s Hospital's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Find support for young patients with severe needle anxiety, general anxiety, behavioural or other special needs, and/or sensory needs. Parents, caregivers, and other household members eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines can also book their vaccinations during the same appointment time. To book an appointment, visit, use option 1 ("Book/re-book an appointment"), select "Book a first dose" and select "Continue to book at Children's Hospital".

Pediatric COVID-19 Care
Thames Valley FHT soon to open groups to your patients
Thames Valley FHT (TVFHT) will soon be offering some of its virtual programs and groups to your patients/the general public! These groups offer health education and include:

  • Sweet Talk: Managing Your Blood Sugars
  • Heart Health
  • Leave the Pack Behind – Tools to Quit Smoking
  • Let’s Talk about Driving and Dementia
  • Dream On – CBT for Insomnia

Look for more details in the next LMPCA newsletter!
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