“It’s such an honour to be able to see a patient in their home – actually then they’re not a patient but a person” – Dr. Tia Pham, South East Toronto FHT
In its six-part series, Keeping Canada Alive, CBC filmed health and home care stories in 24 Canadian cities over a 24-hour period in May 2015, providing a snapshot of Canadian health care. One of those stories features South East Toronto FHT’s Dr. Tia Pham and her work treating homebound patients using telemedicine among other tools.
Dr. Pham’s home visits to seniors were featured in a pair of Toronto Star articles listed below. Done as part of Health Access Thorncliffe Park, a community effort to improve access to health care, these visits are performed with a CCAC coordinator and seek to reduce the high rate of emergency room visits by seniors.
Few Thorncliffe Park residents have regular family doctors and visit walk-in clinics instead.
The Health Access Thorncliffe Park partnership includes the South East Toronto Family Health Team, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Toronto East General Hospital, Midwives’ Clinic of East York-Don Mills and Flemingdon Community Health Centre.