King West Medical Associates, Hamilton, ON    |    (905) 525-3501
Patient Information

Appointments

We are not a walk-in clinic, so patients must have an appointment to see a doctor, nurse, dietician, social worker or other specialist.  However, we are always available to talk to you about any urgent problem.

Please be on time for your appointment. If you are running late, please call the office and we will try to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee that the physician will be able to see you.

A limited number of same-day appointments are available. Please limit your consultation to the specific issue that is the reason for the same-day appointment, as same-day appointments are often double-booked to accommodate more patients, and may therefore be shorter than usual.

Please bring all your medications with you to your appointment with the doctor.


Address & Phone Number Changes

Please be sure to notify our reception with any changes to your contact information such as your address and phone number.  It is essential that we keep the correct information on file for follow up calls and letters in the mail.


Health Cards

A reminder to always bring your health card to your appointment.  When you arrive, a receptionist will ask you to swipe your card through the card reader.  Check the expiration date on your card, and arrange for a new one before it expires.

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Missed Appointments

Missed appointments take valuable time away from ill people who are waiting to see their doctor.  Please provide advance notice for appointment cancellations.  Not adhering to the advance notice policy will result in a missed appointment fee of $20.00 for a regular appointment and $50.00 for a physical or half hour appointment.


Test Results

"No news is good news".

Due to the overwhelming number of test results received each day, we will usually only notify you if your test result is abnormal.  You may phone and inquire about your result if you have a particular concern or book a follow-up appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns.


Specialist Referral

If your physician initiates a referral to a specialist, please note, the wait times for a specialist appointment vary widely.  Once we have confirmation of your appointment, our office will notify you either by telephone or by letter.  We will outline the appointment time, date and location and any specific instructions you are required to follow.  Please ensure our office has your current demographic information.

If you have not heard from our office within four weeks you may call the office to inquire on the status of your referral.

Medications

It is the patient's responsibility to organize their medication refills. If you are on your last refill and have no appointment booked, you should contact your pharmacy latest 2 weeks in advance and ask them to fax-request a renewal of your current prescriptions. If you call our office directly and/or wait until your request becomes "urgent", a precession fee of $10.00 will be charged for the administrative work.

All patients on narcotic medications (including, but not limited to Tylenol with Codeine, Codeine, Morphine [Statex, MS Contin, Kadian, etc.] Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, [Dilaudid etc.], Percocet, Endocet, OxyContin, etc.]) may be asked to sign a treatment contract and may be asked to provide unannounced urine samples. If a patient declines signing the contract, providing a urine sample, or if a urine sample is failed, the physician may stop prescribing the medication without warning.


Outside Use

Since our clinic receives OHIP finding for allied health professionals (counsellors, dietitian, nurse practitioner, clinic pharmacist) to be able to deliver comprehensive primary care, our physicians are charged for your visit to any family physician outside our clinic. This includes walk in clinics, some weight loss clinics (i.e. Bernstein) and some pain clinic (i.e. AIM). If you are planning to use any family physician's services outside our clinic, please discuss this with our staff in advance. OHIP sends us a list of those patients and the date(s) they used services outside our clinic. This allows us to contact you after we paid for your outside visit.
King West Medical is a part of the Family Health Team.  This means that we are able to offer our patients a wide variety of services that most other medical practices aren't able to offer.

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Get to know the names of our physicians, counsellors and other staff.  We are all one big family here at King West Medical.

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King West Medical is a part of the CORE Family Health Organization. This means that when you become a patient of one of our doctors, you will be covered by a doctor on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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