Sharbot Lake branch office of KFL&A Public Health to close in October

Sharbot Lake KFL&A Public Health Branch Office. Photo via KFL&A Public Health website.

On Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2023, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health announced the upcoming closure of its Sharbot Lake branch office, effective October 27, 2023.

“The closure of the Sharbot Lake branch office is a result of a comprehensive assessment and careful consideration of various factors including the transfer of the Part 8 program under the Ontario Building Code back to our municipalities, and the evolution of how our service delivery in this community has changed since the pandemic,” the Public Health organization said in a media release.

The agency also noted that the closure will not impact the delivery of Public Health operations or services to the Sharbot Lake community.

KFL&A Public Health said it remains committed to delivering services in the Sharbot Lake community including:

  • Healthy Babies, Healthy Children and Nurse Family Partnership home visiting program.
  • Immunization clinics in school-based settings in the fall and spring, as well as a catch-up clinic in the summer.
  • Sexual health services and access to virtual testing.
  • Dental health services, including screenings. The organization’s mobile dental clinic will begin providing services later this year, extending its support to the seniors’ dental care program.
  • Mobile immunization clinics, currently providing routine and COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • School health nurses will continue to deliver health promotion programs and support educators regularly, including visits to the schools.
  • Ongoing inspections for restaurants, public pools and spas, recreational camps, small drinking water systems, and personal service settings.
  • Management of potential rabies exposures and health hazards, including adverse water quality incidents and reports of foodborne illnesses.
  • Surveillance related to tick-borne diseases and public beach water quality.
  • Continued communicable disease case and contact management.

“I want to assure the Sharbot Lake community that we remain fully committed to their health and well-being,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “The closure of the branch office is a strategic decision reflecting changes in our service delivery model and commitment to being client-centered. We are investing in providing mobile services in convenient locations throughout the community rather than a brick-and-mortar space. Staff will work closely with our partners in Sharbot Lake to continue delivering essential public health programs and services.”

Public Health said that, similar to the arrangements made during the closure of the Sharbot Lake office during the pandemic, staff will be reassigned to other locations within the organization, guaranteeing a seamless shift and continuous delivery of services and programs.

One thought on “Sharbot Lake branch office of KFL&A Public Health to close in October

  • There is a lot of talk and smoke about ‘community-centred medicine followed by policy-centred actions that bring control back into the bureaucracy. This is a case study of centralized micro management that has nothing to do with community service. But the explanation was very well done! I’m sure the community of Sharbot Lake and the money-saving cast-offs thank you.

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