What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have additional education and advanced decision-making skills in the assessment and diagnosis of acute illnesses and injuries and in the management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. They have the knowledge and authority to prescribe certain medications. They are authorized to order laboratory tests, certain x-rays and other diagnostic tests. They may also refer to other health professionals. NPs provide care to patients of all ages.
How do I become a patient?
To become a patient of the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioners Clinics you would first have to contact us at one of our two sites where you would be given an intake form to complete. These forms, are reviewed by the clinic director to determine if the patient falls within the NP scope of practice. If so, you will be contacted for an appointment with the NP who will conduct an in-depth interview to determine if this clinic is the right place for you. The SDNPC only accepts patients who do not currently have a regular healthcare provider.
Will I have the same Nurse Practitioner for my visits?
Yes, once you become a patient you would be assigned to a specific nurse practitioner and will see them on the subsequent visits. This allows a clinical relationship to develop between you and your NP. If your NP is unavailable you may be offered a visit with an alternate NP within the clinic setting.
Who is part of the SDNPC team?
The Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics is a multi-disciplinary model. Our interprofessional team includes Nurse Practitioners, Collaborative Physicians, a Registered Nurse, a Registered Practical Nurse, Pharmacist, Dietitian and Social Worker. The team works collaboratively to provide quality primary health care to our patients.
Where does the SDNPC logo come from?
The logo is based upon our mission, values and interprofessional model primary health care model. The three uniquely coloured elements of the logo represent Nurse Practitioners, other Health Care Providers, and Administration. The white waves represent community, family, and individual health. The black outer ring symbolizes a spirit of teamwork in holistic and comprehensive health care and the goal of optimal health. The waves circling around each other and meeting in the centre indicate that each has autonomous decision-making, but work collaboratively with the other. Dark blue represent the water, light blue the sky and green the forest all of which is representative of the Sudbury District.
Is the SDNPC a walk-in clinic?
No, the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics do not offer walk-in services. You must book an appointment to be seen, and must be a patient of the clinic to book an appointment.
Do you have any appointments afterhours?
Yes. The last Tuesday of each month the clinic is open from 12pm – 8pm in order to accommodate those patients with less flexible schedules.