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Asthma Program

The goal of the Asthma Program is to enhance the respiratory health of the Niagara North FHT patient population by increasing proper diagnosis, education and self-management skills for patients diagnosed with or having symptoms of Asthma.

The nature of Asthma is that it is a chronic disease, which means it cannot be cured, but with proper control you can live an active healthy life.

Our program consists of a Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse Educator who will meet with you and perform a full Respiratory Assessment.  A breathing test may be recommended which tells your doctor how well your lungs are functioning.  You will receive one on one counseling and education about your Asthma and you will learn how to control your symptoms, avoid triggers that make your breathing worse, tools for monitoring your breathing and how to use your puffers correctly.

For each patient, we will collaboratively create a detailed Asthma Action Plan for you to refer to at home and use in case of changes in your breathing.

How to get involved:

For more information or to register for the program, please contact:

Niagara-on-the-Lake – 905.468.2177

St. Catharines – 905.988.9617 x226

COPD Program

The goal of the COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Program is to enhance the respiratory health of the NOTL FHT patient population by increasing proper diagnosis, education and self-management skills for patients with, or at risk for developing COPD.

The nature of COPD is that it is a chronic disease, which means it cannot be cured, but with proper control you can live an active healthy life.

Our program consists of a Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse Educator who will meet with you and perform a full Respiratory Assessment. A breathing test may be recommended which tells your doctor how well your lungs are functioning.  You will receive one on one counseling and education about your COPD and you will learn: how to control your symptoms, avoid triggers that make your breathing worse, tools for monitoring your breathing and how to use your puffers correctly.

Frequently, the diagnosis of COPD is often a result of smoking, however there are individuals who have COPD and have never smoked. If you do smoke, we have the means and resources to help you quit.

How to get involved:

For more information or to register for the program, please contact:

Niagara-on-the-Lake – 905.468.2177

St. Catharines – 905.988.9617 x226

Smoking Cessation Program

Thinking about Quitting Smoking? We’re here to help!

Regardless of whether someone is just thinking about quitting or if they are ready to stop smoking tomorrow, our Stop Smoking Clinic offers practical advice and help.

Did you know?

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your life and health? Any attempt to quit smoking will make you stronger. It’s never too late to reap the benefits, some of which happen within the first few days.

  • 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
  • 2 days after stopping smoking, your senses of smell and taste begin to return
  • 1 year after you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease is cut by one-half
  • Within 3 years after you quit, your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who never smoked
  • Within 10 years after quitting, your risk of lung cancer is cut in half

The Family Health Team Nurse Practitioners have specialized training to help you with individualized support and counseling, and may include the use of medications to assist you.

We are also able to provide no cost nicotine replacement therapy by participating in the STOP Study, in partnership with the Canadian Association for Mental Health and the Government of Ontario.

How to get involved:

Speak with any of your health care providers about our Smoking Cessation Program.

Niagara-on-the-Lake – 905.468.2177

St. Catharines 905.988.9617 x226