You or a loved one has been referred to North East Specialized Geriatric Centre (NESGC) for a geriatric medicine consultation. The patient will first be assessed by a geriatric assessor either in the patient's home or at our clinic. We will assess many areas of the patient’s day-to-day health and functioning, and help the patient navigate the healthcare system to access the care he or she requires. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as necessary following a patient’s first appointment with a physician.
Please review the following questions and answers to prepare for your appointment. If you have other questions please contact us.
Where do I go for my appointment?
Each patient will attend appointments in the district where he or she lives. Addresses for each clinic site are listed on our Contact Us page.
When you arrive, please proceed to the reception area to present your health card.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring your health card to every appointment.
As well, please bring ALL of your medications (in the bottles) and your dosette or blister pack if you are using one. This includes any vitamins, herbal medications, or over the counter (or non-prescription) medication. If this is difficult, please bring in a list of the medications, including the dose, and how often you take them.
Additionally all assistive devices should be brought to your appointment, such as a walker, cane, eye glasses, or hearing aid.
Should I bring someone with me?
It is often helpful if you are accompanied by a family member, or friend who you trust and who is aware of your health concerns.
How long can I expect my appointment to take?
An initial visit can take up to two hours, but sometimes they do last longer. During this time we need to review your medical history and medications, and perform a detailed examination. Subsequent visits are often much shorter.
Are there any costs associated with my appointment?
No, services provided by NESGC to residents of Ontario are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).
What happens after the appointment?
After our visit, we will provide suggestions and recommendations to you. We will also provide a letter summarizing these recommendations to your family physician. After your appointment, we may refer you for other services, such as:
- Community Health Clinics
- Home Support Services
- Support groups
If needed, we may order additional investigative tests or scans. Occasionally, and with your permission, we will visit you in your home to assist with implementing our recommendations.
Will there be students and/or medical residents present during my appointment?
We are affiliated with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, as well as other hospitals, universities and colleges that offer healthcare programs. It is possible that a student/medical resident may be present during your appointment.
How can I reach North East Specialized Geriatric Services?
Our office can be reached at:
- In the Greater Sudbury Region (705) 688-3970
- Toll-free outside of the Greater Sudbury region 1-866-551-6501
For our address and other contact details please visit our Contact Us page.