What's New in Healthcare!

The official end date for Red and White health cards - July 1st, 2020
Fri 17 Jan 20

Ontario is protecting the health care system against fraud by ensuring the final transition to a more secure photo health card. As of July 1, 2020, these cards will no longer be accepted for appointments or services by any healthcare provider within the province. (News Release)

If you present EWFHT with a red and white health card after July 1, 2020, THERE WILL BE A CHARGE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.

Photo health cards can be obtained free of charge at any Service Ontario location.  To switch your red and white health card to a photo health card, you will need to attend a Service Ontario Centre with 3 documents:

  • Proof of Citizenship/Immigration Status (passport or birth certificate)
  • Proof of Residency in Ontario (driver’s license, utility bill, property tax bill)
  • Proof of Identity, must display your signature (credit card, driver’s license)                                                

This letter to red and white cardholders includes instructions on how to obtain a photo health card and the form needed to complete this process at any Service Ontario office or for further information:

Call ServiceOntario:   1-800-268-1154
To book a Service Onario appointment:

Should you have questions or need guidance, please speak to our Front Office Staff at any time.

Ontario Health Team News
Mon 2 Dec 19

As one of 14 core partners of the Guelph & Area Ontario Health Team (GAOHT), East Wellington Family Health Team is delighted to share that on Nov 29th Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced the GAOHT as one of the first 24 teams in the province to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care that better connects patients and providers in their communities to improve patient outcomes. 

The areas of focus for the first year are complex mental health and addictions, palliative care, implementation of integrated primary care teams and governance. The expectation is to implement an integrated system of care with evolving digital health capabilities that follows the patients throughout their health care journey. 

We will continue to build on what we already strive for - collaborating to meet the needs of patients. Together we are able to achieve much more than we can separately.

News Release 

For ongoing information about the Guelph & Area  Ontario Health Team, please click here.

Free Routine Dental Care for Low Income Seniors!
Fri 1 Nov 19
For more information on Ontario's new launch of free routine dental care for low income seniors, click here.
Preoperative Assessments
Tue 1 Oct 19
As of October 1st, the Ministry of Health has amended the Hospital Act. Primary care preoperative assessments are no longer required nor are they covered under OHIP, with some exceptions for frail elderly or housebound patients. This eliminates the duplication of preoperative history, physical and assessment by family physicians.

Please discuss your needs with your dentist or surgeon, as pre-operative assessments now fall under their discretion to complete.