Ongoing Programs and Services
Registered dietitians are health care professionals who use their knowledge and expertise to support people in understanding and applying the principles of healthy eating throughout the entire lifecycle. They are well educated in the science and management of nutrition and dietetics. Dietitians use evidence-based decision-making in their practice and adhere to nationally established standards of practice monitored by provincial regulatory bodies.
- What nutrition services are available at Stonechurch?
- How is nutrition information delivered to clients and health care professionals?
- How to access the Registered Dietitian at Stonechurch Family Health Centre?
- Nutrition Links
Do you have questions about managing your diabetes?
Questions such as:
How often should I test my blood sugars?
What happens when my blood sugar is too low?
What can I eat now that I have diabetes?
If you have questions, Stonechurch Family Health Centre has many health care providers to help you get the information you need to make important decisions about your diabetes.
Coping with diabetes can be difficult and confusing. We want to ensure that patients have the opportunity to ask their questions to understand their diabetes and the variety of treatments available and most importantly, feel supported in all aspects of living with diabetes.
Did you know that in addition to your family doctor and nurse practitioner, at SFHC we have a team of diabetes educators who specialize in the area of diabetes? Our team of diabetes educators includes a lead physician, dietitian, nurse practitioner, foot care nurse, and pharmacist, and of course, you, as the most important member of the team. Together we can help you learn how healthy foods, daily activity, and medications can improve your glucose readings, give you more energy and prevent complications.
If you would like to meet with one of our diabetes educators, we offer a diabetes clinic every Tuesday evening from 5-8 pm. Individual, family or group appointments are available as well as monthly group sessions on popular topics such as Living and Eating Well with Diabetes and Managing my Insulin. Living Well with Diabetes is offered every second Tuesday of the month from 10 am until noon. Simply call your receptionist to book an appointment or speak with your care provider about a referral to the diabetes clinic or class.
Part of our role as a teaching clinic is to make sure that future doctors and other health providers will feel comfortable and knowledgeable about caring for patients with diabetes so many of our clinic visits may involve resident doctors as well as learners from nursing, social work and nutrition, to name a few. We greatly appreciate your assistance helping to train future health care providers.
To prepare for your visit to the diabetes clinic, please bring your glucose logbook, a 4 day food diary, and all of your medications and supplements. Our foot care nurse will check your feet at the beginning of the visit and measure your height, weight, waist and blood pressure. Depending on your goals, we may continue to meet for several visits until you feel confident managing your diabetes. All clinic visits are discussed with your family doctor or endocrinologist.
Our goal is to provide you with the care and support you need to live well with diabetes. On behalf of the diabetes clinic, we look forward to helping you feel your best.
The pharmacist at Stonechurch Family Health Centre contributes her expertise about medications to the Clinic. She helps you and your prescriber make sure your medications are working for you. While the pharmacist does not fill prescriptions, she may be able to assist you if you have problems accessing your medications and she is a resource for anyone with questions about their medications. She is also available if you would like to learn more about managing your medications.
- What pharmacist services are available?
- Why would I meet with the pharmacist?
- How do I make an appointment with the pharmacist?
- What should I bring to my appointment with the pharmacist?
Are you pregnant or recently had a baby? If you have questions about breastfeeding, or are having problems, please call your team at the clinic to book an appointment with our lactation consultant, who is specifically trained to help!
The laboratory at Stonechurch is now closed. Click here for a list of community-based laboratories.
Foot Care Clinic
Dr. Robert Nekrasas, Chiropodist, will now have a clinic here at Stonechurch Family Health Centre.
Effective December 1, 2006, Stonechurch Family Health Centre at 1475 Upper Ottawa Street has been the home of the Rh Prevention Clinic of Hamilton. Previously this clinic was located at Canadian Blood Services. Doctors and midwives can refer their pregnant patients with Rh negative bloodtype results for a routine injection of Rh Immuneglobulin during their pregnancy. If you have questions about this program, please discuss them with your health care provider.
For additional information, please visit our web-page.
Click here to view our patient information pamphlet
For health professionals: Click here to download the Referral Form for the Rh Prevention Clinic
Social Work Counselling Services
What is Counselling?
Counselling aims at helping people who wish to make changes in their lives. It is not about giving advice, or to tell people what to do. Rather, it is about encouraging people to gain new insights and perspectives of their lives.
Is counselling available to everyone?
Counselling is a service provided to Rostered patients of this clinic.
Who provides counselling services?
Our mental health team consists of three registered social workers all of whom have a Master of Social Work degree as well as extensive experience in dealing/working with a variety of mental health issues.
What services are offered?
We offer individual, couple, family and group counselling.
How can one access service?
Individual, Couple, Family:
Services for individual, couple and family counselling can be accessed by referral from one's health care professional (physician, nurse, psychiatrist, dietitian)
One can self refer to groups which are listed on this website, displayed in the clinic newsletter, and in the waiting room.
Website for teens when parents separate: