Welcome to the Rosseau and Area Nursing Station. Rosseau is a rural community located in the most Southern Portion of the district of Parry Sound. Parry Sound, bordering on the Municipality of Muskoka Lakes, in the heart of 'cottage country'. The permanent population of Rosseau and Area is approximately 3, 698, while the seasonal population accounts for a threefold increase from early summer to late fall. Rosseau is approximately 45 minutes from three larger centers, each with a hospital; Parry Sound to the West, Huntsville to the Northeast, and Bracebridge to the Southeast.
After almost 13 years, the Rosseau Nursing Station in the Ruth Dare Health Clinic, has grown into a new building, with many more resources, and continues to thrive because of instrumental community support!
Who does the Nursing Station Serve ?
The nursing station provides primary care to both seasonal and year round residents. While the mandate is to provide primary care to those who do not have another provider, the Nurse Practitioner will also see people who have another provider for episodic concerns, such as mild illnesses and injuries. In previous years the nursing station has operated with walk-in hours during the summer months. However, due to the increase in demand, and growing volume of primary care patients, we have changed our weekday summer hours to by appointment only. Additionally, we offer at least one same day appointment September through June.
What About the Busy Summer Months?
During the summer months we try to avoid the longer annual health exams to allow for even more same day appointments. This helps to alleviate some of the pressure on the emergency department as well as serve all of the community members, seasonal, and year round.
For the last few years, we have been very fortunate to have community donations from members of the Lake Rosseau North Association, Lake Joseph North Association, and other community members; which has allowed us to open on the weekends in July and August. The summer hours are not funded, and will only continue to be available if we have community donation support, and are able to find contract Nurse Practitioners to fill the position. While the week day hours are by appointment, the weekend hours will continue to be walk-in.
What is our Mandate?
The Rosseau Nursing Station is funded by the Primary Care Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The funding is provided to ensure that local residents have access to primary care. Since 2003, the focus and the funding have changed, which can be confusing to people who access the Nursing Station. The Nursing Station is funded for only one Nurse Practitioner and no other allied health. While we endeavor to serve all of the community members, the growing local population and full roster of patients makes appointments and triaging of care necessary.
What is Primary Care?
Primary care is the day-to-day healthcare given by a health care provider (ie. Physician or Nurse Practitioner). Typically this provider acts as the first contact and principal point of continuing care for patients, and coordinates other specialist care that the patient may need. Primary Health Care providers diagnose and treat non-emergent episodic illnesses and injuries, but focus on health promotion, injury prevention. In Canada, each person is entitled to a primary care provider.
Annual Service Demographics: How many people does the Nursing Station Serve?
The full time Nurse Practitioner, Katie Hogue, has a full roster of patients of over 1150 patient without another provider, and 250 patients in a shared care model for a total of over 1400 regular patients. In 2015, there were 4083 visits, averaging 340 visits per month, which has more than quadrupled since the nursing station opened in 2003. The number of monthly visits increases an average of 41% between May through October, with a 57% influx seen in July.