September 2, 2022

Assistance in providing primary care for Newcomer families

Message from Dr. Allison Henderson

Newcomer Clinic, London Intercommunity Health Centre

Dear colleagues,


As you know, efforts are being made to bring Afghan refugees to Canada. Most worked for the Canadian military as interpreters or in another capacity and are in danger in Afghanistan.


A chartered flight is arriving in London today with 200 Afghan refugees from Islamabad. Would any of you be willing to take on a family or two into your practice? Most families will have at least one person fluent in English as most were interpreters.


They will initially be housed at a hotel on Exeter Road. Our Newcomer Clinic will have a nurse-led clinic there for a month as refugees settle and get housed. After the first month, initial and immediate medical needs would be looked after through the Newcomer Clinic. Accepting physicians can receive records from the Newcomer Clinic.


 If you are interested, please let us know how many families you are able to accommodate by emailing Carol Watt at


Thanks so much for considering this. Please see more information about the Newcomer Clinic if you are interested.

Allison Henderson MD CCFP

Newcomer Clinic, London InterCommunity Health Centre

Patient Care


New location for COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre

The Carling location has closed. The Centre is now located at Victoria Hospital, Building 24. It will be open seven days a week, from 9:20 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. and appointments must be booked online.

Updated resources


Regional Clinical Lead Job opportunity, Ontario Health

Interested in collaborating with regional stakeholders and providing clinical leadership to the evolution of primary care in Ontario?

Ontario Health is looking for qualified physicians for the position of Regional Clinical Lead, Primary Care. This role plays an instrumental role in shaping regional primary care delivery systems and implementing regional initiatives aligned to provincial priorities. Read more here. Closing date is Sept. 7.

For your patients - free virtual self management groups in September

Please consider putting up these posters in your clinic in order to raise awareness of free virtual programs for your patients/clients/ caregivers: Thames Valley FHT and Southwest Self Management Program.

If you would like laminated posters, please contact

These virtual programs are led by qualified facilitators (pharmacists, dietitians, OTs, RNs, etc.)

Upcoming virtual programs

Steady & Strong (falls prevention) - for 65+, or those who worry about falling, or feel unsteady when walking, standing or climbing stairs, or those who have been told that they are at higher risk for falls.

  • Sept. 12, 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Oct. 24, 9:00-11:00 am

Best Weight improving your health through lifestyle modification

  • Sept. 28, 5:00-7:30 pm
  • Oct. 20, 9:00-11:30 am

For more free virtual groups for patients/clients, please ask your patients to visit Register for a Program 

( or use the QR codes in the poster above.

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain - through the use of various coping skills, patients will learn how to better care for themselves and their condition. 

  • Free online series Sept. 21-Oct. 26

Powerful Tools for Caregivers - designed to provide caregivers with the tools needed to look after themselves

  • Free online series Sept. 20-Oct. 25

For more workshops for patients/clients/caregivers and providers, please ask your patients to visit Self-Management Programs Network ( or use the QR code in the attached poster.

Education Opportunities

For more educational opportunities, please visit the LMPCA website: 

  • Grand Rounds in Family Medicine: COVID-19 ... 2022 and beyond. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 9:30 am. Featuring Dr. Alex Summers, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Michael Payne, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control (LHSC). Join on Microsoft Teams - click here to join the meetingMeeting ID: 236 518 190 717; Passcode: bULrkk (Download Teams | Join on the web)

  • London Hematology Day. Friday, Sept. 16, 8:15am-4:00pm. Open call for patient cases! Selected cases will be presented for discussion by a panel of hematologists. Submit your case to by Sept. 9. Register here

  • Western Cardiology Day. Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:00am-2:30pm via Zoom. For family physicians, internists, allied health, and trainees of all disciplines, a full day incorporating contemporary Cardiology guideline updates, along with clinical tips and case examples.  Register here

  • Immunizations Across the Lifespan. Saturday, Sept. 17. Hosted by Canadian Collaborative Research Network for family physicians and pharmacists. Register here.

  • 2022 Ian McWhinney Lecture Series. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1:00-5:30 pm. Featuring Dr. Lawrence Loh, Family and Public Health Physician Specialist, Peel Region Medical Officer of Health during COVID-19, and incoming CFPC Executive Director & CEO, Dr. Lawrence Loh.
  • Current staff, faculty and students only in person - register here by Sept. 12. Address: Room 1150, Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (link to map
  • Guests welcome to join by Zoom - register here by Sept. 12 (password 2022). 
  • More information here

  • OMD Digital Health and Virtual Care Conference. Sept. 29-30Virtual conference hosted by OntarioMD. Find out more here.

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