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News Release

Health unit move closes office for one day

Mar 15, 2011
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s move into Midland Secondary School is on schedule for next week.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s move into Midland Secondary School is on schedule for next week.

While the movers are working, the current office, located beside Georgian Bay General Hospital, will be closed to the public on Friday, March 25. It will be business as usual once they are in the new space in the high school on Monday, March 28.

Situated on a main thoroughfare, the new office, at the Gervais Street end of the school, gives the health unit’s services high visibility and a convenient location.

A number of features of the new site are worth noting.

While the health unit office is in the high school, the two uses are kept separate. Students and staff in the school will use the same access point to the health unit as the general public, through the Gervais Street entrance. This maintains security and confidentiality for all health unit clients.

The lobby of the health unit includes a separate vestibule where people will be able to pick up or drop off water sample bottles during extended hours except on Fridays when drop-offs cannot be accepted. This service is offered for people who want to have their well water tested by the Public Health Lab in Orillia.

The location will also become one of the stops for the Healthy Smiles Ontario mobile dental service. This full-sized coach is a fully equipped dental office and will provide free treatment for those 17 and under who qualify under the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

As was the case in the previous location, the Midland staff will provide the full range of public health services:

  • Vaccinations and boosters for children and adults
  • Family health and parental support
  • Classes and workshops for parents-to-be, food handlers and others
  • Dental screening and assistance
  • Confidential sexual health counseling and clinic services
  • Nutrition and healthy lifestyle promotion
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Inspection services for food and water
  • Community-wide surveillance and investigation of infectious diseases
  • And much more.

The Midland office of the health unit is staffed by 21 people, many of them familiar faces in the area. More than half have served the community for over 10 years, eight of whom have worked with the health unit for more than 20 years.

For information about health unit services or to book a clinic appointment, call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also visit the website for more details.



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