What should I do if myself and/or my family have a fever?

Where can I find information about COVID-19 and what to do if I feel symptomatic?

For more information regarding COVID-19 and what you can do, please visit this link.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please go to this website and find a testing centre or clinical assessment site nearest to you.

What Services are not covered by OHIP?

Please click here to view a complete list of our services not covered by OHIP.

What if I have questions regarding my child's vaccines?

The Hospital for Sick Children has set up a free Vaccine Consult Service available until March 29, 2024, which offers families comprehensive information about all vaccines administered to children (including routine immunizations, COVID-19, and influenza).

This service is conducted through scheduled phone appointments with specially trained nurses, creating a trusted and non-judgmental environment for open discussions about children’s vaccinations.

Parents can directly book an appointment online.

Why do I have to pay for my medical records to be sent to my new doctor?

  • The cost is based on our staff and doctors going through your medical records to ensure we send all the pertinent information to your new physician.
  • Because this service is not covered by the government, the doctors and staff have to charge based on the time it takes and number of pages included in your file.
  • We try our best to limit a cost, but the base fee is $25

Why do I have to pay for my personal medical records?

  • We have been inundated with requests to send records to patients. Please be aware that we cannot keep up with the demand of requests and the front staff cannot continue to send any information online.
  • Starting Jan 1st, 2023 there will be a charge of $1 for the first 5 pages of documentation you request. Every page after the 5th will be charged at $1 per page.
    • Ways to avoid these charges:
      • Sign up for lifelabs (able to see all blood work/lab results doctors can).
      • Request imaging results from the hospital/facility. Often times they have a “release of medical records” department that can assist you.
      • Request documentation specifically from the specialist.
      • If you truly feel you want records, please request in person and we will print it off for you and charge accordingly.

What is the Health Card policy in the office?

All patients must have a valid health card.

*Please be sure to check your health card to ensure it is not expired and has a valid version code. If your card is expiring, please be sure to visit a Service Ontario office to renew it, or follow this link.

**If you fail to have a valid health card at your appointment, you will need to give your credit card information to the front staff. There will be no charge to your card at this time. After your appointment, you will need to look into getting an updated health card and version code.

***You will have 2.5 months for us to receive this information from the date of your appointment. Otherwise we will charge the credit card for your visit based on the OMA billing fees.

Why is there a $25 charge for prescription renewals?

In order to provide the highest quality of medical care to you, we need to monitor health conditions and evaluate effectiveness and side effects of medications.

Your doctor will provide you enough medication until he or she feels your condition should be reassessed.

The best way to manage your prescription is to plan ahead and book an appointment prior to your prescriptions running out.

There is a high administrative burden and cost to handle fax and phone requests for prescriptions. This limits our ability to take care of our patients, therefore we have a fee for fax or phone renewal requests. This fee can be avoided by booking appointments in a timely manner.

Are there any tips to know when to call my doctor for an appointment?

What happens when I'm referred to a specialist?

Your doctor will refer you to a specialist when required.

Our staff will send the referral request to the specialist.
Once the specialist office has received and triaged your referral you will be contacted by phone, email or mail as to the status of your appointment. Please make sure your contact information is always up to date. This may often take up to 6 weeks, so please be patient.

If you have been referred to a specialist and have not received your appointment after six weeks have passed, please call the office to check the status of your referral, especially if your Doctor has informed you that your appointment is urgent.

If you have received your appointment and the appointment time is unsuitable to you, please contact the specialists office directly to change the appointment time. Please ensure you do not miss your appointment, as it may take weeks or months to reschedule.

All specialists require you to have a valid health card. Take a list of current medications to your appointment. Some specialists require you to bring related imaging on a CD. You will need to call the location where these images were taken and request them. There is no charge for this and it usually takes 48 hours for the image library to prepare them for you.

 

*Please note there may be a service fee if you miss your appointment and require a new referral.

What do I do if my doctor is unavailable?

If your doctor is unavailable, our office staff will try and fit you in with one of our covering doctors. Please note that you do not get to choose who you see, but that the covering physician will be qualified to help you. If this is not possible, our staff will advise  you steps to help take care of you to the best of our ability.

If your situation seems like it is urgent and we cannot accommodate you, we may recommend you go to the emergency room. We feel that this would be a better option than going to a walk in clinic as we generally do not receive any follow up from walk in clinics. Beyond this, ER’s are equipped to give you timely diagnoses and treatments.

How do I find out about my test results?

Your doctor will discuss with you as to follow up on test results. Please follow his or her instructions. We do not recommend you call the front desk  or your doctor for results.

For most cases we institute a “no news is good news” approach, however in certain circumstances, your doctor may call you.

Is it helpful for me to bring a "shopping list" of concerns to my physician?

Although it may seem like a good idea, we do not recommend this.

Generally your appointments are for 10-15 minutes. In order to provide good medical care, we need time to assess your concerns. If you come in with the expectation that we deal with multiple issues in one visit, we may not be able to properly address them.

If you do have a list, your doctor may ask you what are the most pressing concerns, and have you rescheduled to address the other ones. This allows us to thoroughly assess your concerns, while staying on time.

What should I do if I need to be seen right away?

If you feel your situation is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

If you are unsure, please call us, our front staff will assist you. If it is felt you can be assessed in the office, we will do our best to accommodate you, as your doctor always keeps same day appointments available for urgent issues.

Do I need immunizations for travelling?

Depending on where you are going, you may need vaccinations prior to departure. Some vaccines are needed well in advances, for example hepatitis A and B.

Our clinic recommends you go to a travel clinic for more specialized advice and immunizations required for travel.

Do I need an annual physical?

Not everyone needs an annual physical. Your doctor will advise you on how often you should have a Periodic Health Assessment (PHA). This will depend on your particular conditions and health needs.

What if I am late for my appointment?

Your appointment may need to be rescheduled and you may need to pay a fee. Please keep in mind that the physicians need to see many patients in a day and cannot always accommodate those who are late.

What if I miss my appointment, or cancel my appointment too late?

A fee may be charged for no shows and any cancellations made within 24 business hours (1 business day). Dr. MacGregor requires 3 business days for cancellations

Current fees for no-shows or late cancellations for Lakeshore Medical Group patients are as follows:

  • In office visit: $50
  • Virtual visit: $35
  • Physicals or longer appointments: $75 and up

Current fees for no-shows or late cancellations for Dr. MacGregor patients are as follows:

  • In office follow-up: $50
  • Virtual follow-up: $35
  • In office or virtual consultations: $100

Current fees for no-shows or late cancellations for patients seeing the nurse are as follows:

  • In office: $20
  • Missed vaccinations (Grade 7, travel, etc.): $50 and up
    • Depends on vaccine cost

How can I help?

Please keep your contact information current, i.e. telephone numbers, address, email address.

When is the best time to call the office?

Our phone lines are busiest in the morning and for the first hour after lunch. If possible, please try to call in the afternoon.