The Ottawa Newcomer Clinic is designed to provide short-term medical services to refugees and immigrants while they look for a permanent family doctor or health-care team.
The clinic provides medical exams and tests that can find health problems as early as possible, when your chances of treatment and cure are much better. Where appropriate, the clinic will refer refugees and immigrants to another doctor or health-care team that can provide any follow-up medical care that is necessary.
The clinic has three fully equipped medical rooms. They are located at 219 Argyle Avenue, in the same building as the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. You will find the clinic next to its client-support services office, where government-assisted refugees receive practical advice for starting new lives in Canada.
The doctors and nurses at the clinic are specially trained to provide:
- Medical services in your own language
- Physical examinations
- Referrals for pregnant women who need prenatal and postnatal care
- Vaccinations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio and tetanus
- Diagnostic tests for tuberculosis, cervical cancer and breast cancer
- Treatment for tuberculosis
- Treatment for women’s health
- Diagnostic tests and treatment for malnutrition
- Diagnostic tests, treatment and referrals for emotional trauma and other mental-health issues
- Dental screening and referral for healthy teeth and gums
- Referrals to eye care for healthy vision
- Referrals to specialists for the management of chronic diseases such as mental illness, asthma, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure
- A culturally sensitive person who knows your language to guide you through the health system
- Referrals to specialized medical services.
For more information, call the Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre: 613-691-0192.
The following information will be requested when you call to schedule a medical appointment:
- Name and date of birth of all refugees or immigrants
- Permanent address and phone number of refugees or immigrants, if available
- Language(s) of the refugees or immigrants
- List of any health concerns
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