Thamesview Family Health Team Logo
Patient Newsletter
June 2019

Med students learning about rural health

Medical students from Southwestern Ontario have been spending the week in Chatham to experience the work environment in a rural hospital. The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is hosting about 20 students from the Windsor and London campuses of the...

Read more
Congratulations, Dr. Huffman & Dr. Milkovic!
Dr. Huffman and Dr. Milkovic received the Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites at Schulich's 2019 Awards of Excellence.
As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2019 Awards of Excellence London and Windsor Campus recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. 

New Faces
Jackson Blonde, Medical Student/Researcher
Andrew Atkins, Manager: Quality & Patient Experience
Jennifer Lariviere, RPN Casual Call-In
Meghan Chevalier, Medical Student/Summer Student
Sarah Masters, OT Student
Ross Lepera, Medical Student
Heather Vincent, RPN Casual Call-In
Ye Hyun Hong, St. Clair College Medical Reception Co-op
Darshan Patel, Pharmacy Student
Amanda Pereira, Foot Care RPN
Laura Vandooren, RPN Student

We're going #PlaidForDad on June 14th in support of Prostate Cancer Canada.
TFHT is proud to be participating in Plaid for Dad, a nationwide movement to help end prostate cancer! We are donating to #PlaidForDad and wearing plaid to work on Friday, June 14th, leading up to Father’s Day.
If you would like to donate, follow the link below, and don't forget to wear plaid!

Occupational Therapy:
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Did you know that acquired brain injuries can result from all of these events? Visit Brain Injury Canada's YouTube channel to learn more about living with an acquired brain injury, preventing brain injuries, and more:

Brain Teasers: Give these Rebus Puzzles a try!
(Answers at bottom of newsletter!)

Body Harmony will run on Wednesdays only during the months of July and August.
Sun Safety
As the weather is getting warmer, we are bringing back a piece written by Nathan Ing, a former pharmacy student at TFHT.

The long winter is over and it looks like the warm weather and sun are here to stay! Time to run to the beach, bring out the barbecue and soak up some sun. Before we head out let’s take some time to remember some sun safety tips!

  • Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation which is responsible for the damaging effects of sunlight. There is both UVA and UVB radiation. An easy way to remind you of the effects is UVB as B for burn and UVA as A for aging. Both UVA and UVB increase your risk of skin cancer which is highly preventable by practicing sun safety.
  • Sunscreen is an effective way to prevent the short term and long term effects of skin damage and everyone should be using sunscreen. Look for a product that is “Broad spectrum” which will protect you from both UVA and UVB.
  • The sun protection factor (SPF) is the ability of sunscreen to prevent reddening of the skin from sunlight. Aim to use products with SPF 30 as they will provide adequate protection and SPF 50 will only provide a small additional benefit.
  • The timing of sunscreen application is also important. Sunscreen needs to form a film on your skin to protect you so apply 15-30 minutes before heading out into sunlight.
  • When applying sunscreen, it is easy to remember the “teaspoon method”.
  • 1 teaspoon for the neck and face
  • 2 teaspoons total for the chest and back
  • 2 teaspoons for each leg
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible when outdoors.
  • Avoid the sun during its strongest period which is from 10 AM to 4 PM.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeve shirts, pants, hats, gloves as well as sunglasses.

With these tips in mind you can have a safe and fun summer!

In honour of World Environment Day, here are some tips to make grocery shopping and packing lunches more environmentally friendly!
Dietician's Corner
Use a reusable straw. They can even be purchased at the dollar store!
Bring your own water bottle, instead of buying and tossing plastic ones. (Bonus: you can add lemon and other fruit to flavour your water!)
Don't stop at reusable grocery bags - get your hands on reusable produce bags, too!
Use reusable snack bags for lunches.
Use reusable utensils in steel or bamboo and use a wrap to keep them from getting lost.
Opt for glass containers, like mason jars! That way, you can reuse containers, use less plastic, and see your healthy, colourful lunches! See some recipe ideas below!
Social Work: Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th
  • Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse
  • Rates may be higher for older people living in institutions.
  • Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
  • The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.

For more info, visit
Important Inspire Rewire Information!

Inspire Rewire will run for four weeks in July at Grand Retirement Village (64 Ursuline Ave) on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8pm, on July 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th.
About Our Workshops

We rely on caregivers like you to share our program with those close to you, so we can help more women with cancer feel like themselves again. Some locations also allow a female caregiver, friend or family to attend the workshop with their loved...

Read more
Look Good Feel Better workshops are offered exclusively for women diagnosed with cancer to help you manage any appearance-related effects of your cancer and subsequent treatment. Since 1992, the program has helped hundreds of thousands of women face cancer with confidence. VON is holding a LGFB workshop on June 24th, 9:30-11:30am.

Nursing & Nurse Practitioner Corner
June is Thyroid Awareness Month in Canada | Thyroid...

Thyroid disease takes on many forms, including nodules and Thyroid Cancer and can be devastating for those affected. As many as 50% of individuals go undiagnosed. Signs and symptoms can fall under Hypothyroidism; dry skin, goitre, depression,...

Read more
Teaching the Value of Fitness
Kerri Wood, an RN with TFHT and Personal Fitness Trainer, facilitates a weekly program in the Spring and Fall for students in grades 5-8 at Gregory Drive and Winston Churchill elementary schools. Kerri teaches about the value of fitness and engages students to learn about the joy and health benefits of physical activity.

Coraine Wray, dietician, teaches students about nutrition and healthy choices. Students learn to make healthy recipes and learn to maintain a balanced diet.
Breathe well

Everybody breathes! All of our organs need oxygen.
Ever wonder what makes up our respiratory system?
Dr. Andrew Lanz-O'Brien, PGY1
Dr. Adam McDowell, PGY2
Dr. Brent Rowden, PGY1
Dr. Robert Wismer, PGY2
Dr. Aaron Gross, PGY2
Dr. Shannon Milkovic, PGY1
Dr. Bryce Leontowicz, PGY2
TFHT at Hike For Hospice
Our team participated in the third annual Hike for Hospice on May 5th.

TFHT at Access Open Minds Community Meetup
Access Open Minds held a community meetup to celebrate one year of providing youth with mental health care in Chatham.

Happy retirement, Deb!