The Central Lambton Family Health Team has completed its roster by hiring a registered dietitian.
Krista Robinson has taken up residence in Petrolia and is now working closely with the team’s other allied health professionals and physicians to provide nutritional counselling for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, weight issues or any nutritional needs.
“We are excited about being able to provide nutritional counselling. It is an essential part of addressing the needs of the patients, in particular those with diabetes and cardiac issues. The prevalence of these chronic diseases in Lambton County is above the provincial average,” said Executive Director Mary Vergeer.
She says the Family Health Team has grown remarkably since its inception six months ago and will continue to roster new patients and add new programs to its current complement. New programming that is in the planning phase includes prenatal classes, which have not been available locally to the families of Central Lambton for the past three years. Classes will begin in the New Year. And, a Smoking Cessation Program which will begin in October.
It was also announced today that the team will soon be accessing telemedicine programs focussed on diabetes. This will mean that all residents of Lambton County can participate in diabetes education and disease management. Schedules for the program will be announced later this fall.