- Cardiac Rehab Program
- Skin and Wound Care Nurse
- Prenatal Nurse
- STBBI Nurse
- Social Worker
- Mental Health Worker
Onsite Clinical Pharmacist
Cardiac Rehab Program
They promote healthy living with a chronic disease by:
- Providing individual visits to assess, educate and develop a care plan.
- Providing ongoing education and support through follow up visits.
- Providing a smoking cessation program.
- Advocating for patients to get regular and/or early health screening and treatment.
- Providing chronic disease risk factor and complication assessments.
- Providing training and support for other regional health care professionals.
Dustin Kimber is the Chronic Disease Kinesiologist for the My Health Team in Portage and Gladstone. With his work, Dustin performs fitness assessments, develops customized exercise programs and helps to educate and support people with a variety of different fitness and mobility levels in taking the next step in their overall health and fitness. Lauren Doell the “heart nurse” meets with patients and supports them in learning to live with their new diagnosis
individually and in group settings.
Skin and Wound Care Nurse
The Skin and Wound Care Nurse provides testing, treatment, education and follow up care for wounds as well as provides Anti-Brachial Index testing.
The STBBI Nurse provides testing, treatment and follow up care for sexually transmitted infections. They work collaboratively with our physicians to coordinate patient management, along with providing preventative health care education and assistance with community resources for new diagnosis of HIV and Hepatitis. The nurse is located in the Portage Clinic, however, does travel to outlying communities and works with other local health centres. Appointments can be made directly with the nurse and does not require a referral from a physician.
Mental Health Worker
health assessment, review cases with psychiatry services as indicated and provide recommendations for treatment. This could involve connecting patients with services outside of the clinic if this will best serve the patient’s needs. The Shared Care counsellor will also provide short-term counselling that is focused on building patients’ skills to help manage their current mental difficulty. Shared Care services are voluntary, provided to adolescents and teens and accessed by a referral from your family physician or the Teen Clinic at Portage Collegiate Institute.
Clinical Teaching Unit
Having multiple students at one site is considered a strength of the program. While at the Portage Clinic, the students and residents see patients in the clinic and hospital. They participate in surgery and are expected to be on call for the emergency department and for delivering babies. All students are supervised by an attending physician, but the level of supervision depends on the students’ level of training. A patient seeing a med student should expect to see their own family physician; however, a family medicine resident may feel comfortable dealing with a patient on his/her own. All patients are reviewed with an attending physician by the end of the day. Portage Clinic physicians are committed to teaching and they encourage you as a patient to engage a student. We believe that teaching keeps Portage Clinic physicians current and is an excellent tool for recruitment and sustainability in the community. Several of the physicians that are presently practicing in Portage Clinic first came here as students and/or residents.
Portage Clinic physicians appreciate the willingness of their patients to involve a student in their care and believe it will continue to be a positive experience!
Narrowband UVB Phototherapy is an effective treatment for many skin conditions including: Psoriasis, Alopecia, Vitiligo, Pruritus, Atopic Dermatitis and others. A referral must be made by your family physician to Dr. Marni Wiseman at SKiNWISE DERMATOLOGY in order to receive treatment. Portage Clinic’s UVB treatment area is located in the Walk-In Clinic and is available during regular Walk-In hours for your convenience. NO APPOINTMENT is necessary; treatments are available on a walk-in basis. For more information regarding UVB Phototherapy contact SKiNWISE Dermatology at 204-943-4922 or call Portage Clinic directly.