Outpatient physiotherapy returning to Kincardine hospital


By Barb McKay

The Kincardine hospital could see the return of outpatient physiotherapy services as soon as the end of this year.

South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Paul Rosebush confirmed Monday that the health centre has had discussions with the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Health and the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to take on outpatient physiotherapy services.

“In order to ensure that the patients of the area have access to stable outpatient physio services we have signaled that we are prepared to take on that responsibility,” he said. “As such, we anticipate that we will receive a funding letter in the near future. Once we have the funding letter we will complete our planning for the service to commence as quickly as possible.”

Rosebush said the physio services will be available to patients over the age of 65 years old and those younger than 18 years old by referral from a physician. He said the Ministry sets the criteria for who receives the services and the assumption is that those between the ages of 18 and 65 would be able to access similar healthcare services through extended health plans.

Funding for physiotherapy services at the Kincardine hospital was cut in 2008.