Fenelon Falls Secondary School (FFSS) and the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team are working together to provide clinical, medical services to students.
“As a teacher here and now as principal, I saw a need for students to be able to get medical, health services while at school,” noted FFSS Principal Ray Este. “We reached out to the family health team and are pleased to be able to offer this important service. This is good news for our students.”
The clinic on site at FFSS is staffed by family health team registered nurse, Kylie Pankhurst. Students may book confidential appointments at the school’s main office during the week to see Ms. Pankhurst, who is available every Friday afternoon and lunch hour.
“I graduated from FFSS, so it’s nice to be of service here,” says Kylie Pankhurst, RN. “I am pleased to be helping address health care needs for our local students first hand.”
Students may see the family health nurse for a variety of clinical medical services including assessment of illnesses, injury care, nutrition counseling, medication questions and health education. Students will be referred to their family doctor or additional health professionals, when needed. Students without family doctors may receive assistance to register with a family doctor in Fenelon Falls or Lindsay.
“Part of our mandate is to provide care where patients are, which includes in our schools,” states Family Health Team Executive Director, Mike Perry. “Medical care and health education on site at school helps students and families and builds healthy communities by increasing wellness and preventing illness,” he adds.
As it evolves, the clinic is looking to partner with other health and social services providers in the community including the Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.