Port Hope Community Health Centre

Port Hope Community Health CentreCounselling Services Team

Providing counselling and therapeutic groups for clients of all ages and stages of change with a focus on helping people find and use their strengths and coping abilities. The counsellors work to promote good mental, physical, social, and spiritual health, and to help clients improve their overall sense of wellbeing.

Port Hope Community Health Centre

Community Dietitian

Community Dietitian Our Registered Dietitian, is available to members of the community and provides one-on-one nutritional counselling, group presentations / workshops and cooking demonstrations. Adam works in collaboration with the CHCs Health Promoter to run a variety of cooking classes and demonstrations that highlight healthy, easy to prepare, delicious food! Please refer to our Calendar of Events for details on upcoming classes. Those adults with Type 2 Diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes can self refer to the Diabetes Education team who are experienced in diabetes care.

Port Hope Community Health CentreDiabetes Nurse Educator

We understand that getting a new diagnosis of and dealing with a chronic illness can be overwhelming. More and more people are being diagnosed with this chronic condition every day. To support this growing group of people living with diabetes, the Community Health Center has diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and a social worker who are available to meet with individuals and groups. You don’t have to see a Doctor at the Community Health Center to take advantage of the Diabetes Education programs. Services are available in Port Hope, Cobourg and Colbourne.

Port Hope Community Health CentreDental Services

The PHCHC believes that good oral health is an important part of good overall health. Our dental team which includes a dentist, hygienist and dental assistant provide dental care 5 days per week to those who cannot access care due to financial hardship such as those receiving Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support and those with a low annual income who do not have access to dental benefits. The cost of dental care is not covered by our provincial health care system the PHCHC charges a fee to recover the costs associated with this service so that we can continue to provide this important component of care.

Port Hope Community Health CentreHealth Promotion

CHC Port Hope will work with clients, community members and community organizations to develop health promotion programs, activities and strategies to support a healthy community. We look forward to establishing relationships and partnerships with a broad range organizations and individuals.
Our list of services offered will change and grow as the health care needs in this community continue to emerge and evolve. We welcome your input as we develop your CHC to serve the needs of residents throughout Port Hope and the surrounding area. Please visit our website frequently to learn about new programs and services.

Port Hope Community Health CentreHealthy Community

How the CHC is helping to build a healthier community:
• Promoting community health through participation and involvement
• Involving community members in the planning and identification of issues and actions
• Networking with other local groups and organizations who are working on these issues to build community capacity
• Focusing on activities that empower individuals and groups to work together to improve their health

Port Hope Community Health CentreDoctors and Nurse Practitioners

Provide a holistic health assessment and primary health care services such as immunization, check-ups, family planning assistance and on-going medical care. Our doctors and nurse practitioners see clients who experience a particular episode of illness or injury (having the flu or spraining and ankle), and also work with clients who are dealing with on-going chronic illness such as diabetes. Staff try to not only treat the illness or condition but to educate the clients as well, to encourage self-care for the given condition and to provide information to promote health and wellbeing. Our health care staff will refer and work with specialists and in-home or hospital care providers as needed by the client.

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The Port Hope CHC is a fragrance free environment. Perfumes, after shaves, colognes, strongly scented soaps or deodorants are not permitted due to potential allergic reactions by clients, visitors and staff.

How to make Donations to the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre

Did you know the PHNCHC is a registered charity, donations are gratefully accepted.  Any donations over the amount of $10.00 will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Our Registered Charity number is: 852859198RR0001

If you would like to make a donation to the PHNCHC or one of it's programs, please call 905.885.2626 ext. 213.  Please note: in the near future, our website will support online donations.


Listen to our Executive Director, Duff Sprague on local radio "In our own Backyard"

"In our own Backyard" is a weekly one hour radio show hosted by Jamie Simmons, Tuesdays at 11:00am on Northumberland 89.7 fm.
Tune in weekly for this one hour live show with interviews about agencies, individuals and programs that make Northumberland such a caring, giving and engaged community.

Listen to our own Executive Director Duff Sprague by clicking the logo below;


Our Board of Directors is Recruiting:

We are looking for leaders to sit on our Board of Directors.  If you are interested in helping the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre fullfill it's mission and vision, please submit an application to Duff Sprague, Executive Director at dsprague@porthopechc.ca.

Application to Board of Directors

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Our name has changed!

We are changing our name ever-so slightly, to the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre in order to be more inclusive of ALL of the communities we serve. You will start to see changes as we adopt our new name, such as the logo below, changes to our website, facebook page and the materials we produce.

Please be patient as we make this transition - and remember, your feedback is always appreciated!


MEDIA RELEASE: March 4, 2016 -

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Recognition

 OTF grant picture

L to R: Lisa Tamblyn Dental Assistant, Ashley Koehl Dental Assistant, Lesley Ham, Dental Hygienist,
Mayor Bob Sanderson,MPP Lou Rinaldi, Bev Woods Dental Program Manager, Jamie Simmons OTF
Volunteer and Dr. Omar Abdulghafoor

For Immediate Release
$45,000 OTF Grant Gives Hope to Dental Clients

Port Hope - On Friday, the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre (CHC) welcomed the public to an Open House to mark the addition of new equipment for its dental clinic. Local MPP Lou Rinaldi and OTF Grant Review Team volunteer Jamie Simmons were on hand to congratulate the PHNCHC Dental Clinic and hear more about how the new dental equipment will make a difference in the community. 

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide sedation equipment and mobile outreach dental equipment is exciting news for our community,” said Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West. “There are so many residents of our community who are still not able to access affordable dental care. The PHNCHC dental clinic is a very unique program that focuses on providing affordable and accessible oral health care in Northumberland County.”

Funds from the $45,000 Capital grant were awarded in November to help CHC purchase needed dental equipment, as well as sedation equipment.  CHC is the only dental clinic that serves people living on low or fixed incomes and who do not have dental coverage within 100 kilometers. Basic oral hygiene can make a long-term difference to a person’s health and esteem.

“The impact on the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Bev Woods, Dental Program Manager. “This grant has allowed the dental clinic to offer sedation to our clients that otherwise cannot attend dental appointments due to their phobias”. “Referring our clients out to a specialist who has sedation available is not always a choice because of the additional costs the client themselves has to incur.”

The Port Hope Northumberland CHC is committed to Healthy People, Healthy Partnerships and Healthy Communities. If you wish to enquire about our dental program, please call 905-885-2626 ext. 208 or visit our website at: www.porthopechc.ca.  

The leading grant making foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: www.otf.ca 


The Diabetes Expo is Back!

Our Diabetes Education team is once again partnering with the Northumberland Family Health Team to host a Diabetes Expo!  Over 25 Exhibitors will be on site providing information, answering any questions you may have.and providing free screening.

This is a FREE EVENT happening on Saturday April 2nd at the Lions Club of Cobourg Community Centre.  A fantastic event for those living with Diabetes, those with pre-diabetes or anyone who has a friend or loved one with Diabetes.

Diabetes Expo 2016


Feedback Sought on proposed changes to the Healthcare System

On December 17, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care launched a discussion paper titled Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario. The discussion paper outlines proposed changes for the health system.  The paper proposes that Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) be made responsible for home care, the planning and monitoring of primary care, and would have improved linkages with population health planning.

The Ministry and the Central East LHIN are currently seeking feedback on the discussion paper by meeting with local residents, francophone and indigenous stakeholders, primary care providers,public health partners, patients and caregivers and health service providers. Please see the press release at this link to learn more about the proposed changes and how you can provide feedback.

March Break Activities for the Kids!

Looking for some March Break activities for the kids?  Look no further! We are offering a variety of different activities for kids ages 6 - 12, from the popular "Home Alone" course, to yoga, to cooking....there are new things to try every day! Need more info?  Call Alyssa at 905-885-2626 ext. 240.

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March Break Promo

Souper Douper Lunch 

Back by popular demand!

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month, here at the CHC.from 12:30 pm until the soup pot is empty!
Enjoy a delicious hot bowl of soup and a roll - everyone is welcome!

Cash and food donations to the food cupboard are gratefully received.

Our soups are made with care by the CHC Souper Sisters

Dispose of unused and expired medications safely!

Do you have expired and unused medications, lotions and creams in your medicine cabinet?

There is a safe way to dispose of these items. In partnership with the Pharmacy at Davis' Independent, we can make sure that these items are collected and disposed of properly!  For more information on the safe disposal of prescriptions visit the Government of Canada's website on this topic: Safe Medication Disposal.

Medicine Cabinet

Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has adopted 'FAST' as it's tool in the education and recognition of stroke.

If you or someone with you experiences any of these signs, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately. Acting quickly can improve your survival and recovery.  Do not drive yourself or the person having a stroke to the hospital – an ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.

What to expect at the hospital: The paramedics will take you to the closest hospital with a specialized program for stroke care. They can call ahead so hospital staff are prepared for your arrival.

For further information on the signs of Stroke and to receive a 'Stroke Emergency Checklist' visit the Heart and Stroke website by clicking the image below;

Learn the signs of stroke

The CHC is a designated Heart Wise site!

Heart Wise log

Heart Wise Exercise Programs are intended for people who are interested in, or concerned about their overall health.

A Heart Wise Exercise Program meets the following criteria;

1. Encourages regular, daily aerobic exercise,
2. Encourages and incorporates warm up, cool down and self-monitoring with all exercise sessions,
3. Allows participants to exercise at a safe level and offers options to modify intensity,
4. Includes participants with chronic health conditions - physician approval may be required,
5. Offers health screening for all participants,
6. Has a documented emergency plan that is known to all exercise leaders, including the requirement of current CPR certification, phone access to local paramedic    services and presentce of an AED.
For a list of all of our classes, programs and workshops please view our Calendar of Events.
For more information on Heart Wise programs visit www.heartwiseexercise.ca.

About The CHC - Who we are

The Port Hope Community Health Centre at 99 Toronto Road, is a community-centred primary health care facility, and member of The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), the advocacy organization for non-profit, community governed, multidisciplinary primary health care models. With a vision rooted in providing comprehensive primary care services, delivered by a interdisciplinary team of professionals to promote healthy communities, we offer a range of community-based services and respond to health-related community concerns.

We believe that effective primary health care addresses the social determinants of health, including social inclusion, access to shelter, education, income and employment security, food and stable eco-systems. It encompasses primary care, illness prevention and health promotion, using community development toward building healthy public policy in supportive environments. Our care model is highly effective for all Ontarians. It is an important resource for people who encounter a diverse range of access barriers such as culture, ethnicity, geographical isolation, literacy, poverty, physical disabilities and race.VisionHealthy people, healthy relationships and healthy communitiesGeneral InformationWe are now offering services from our new location at 99 Toronto Road. We serve people without a family physician living within a 50 KM radius of the CHC.

The Centre continues to accept new clients. Special consideration will be given to our target populations who do not have a family physician.

These include:
• Seniors with more than one chronic disease,
• Youth at risk between the ages of 12 to 21
• Those struggling with mental health and/addictions
• Those receiving social assistance


99 Toronto Road
Port Hope, ON L1A 3S4
Phone: 905-885-2626
Email: info@porthopechc.ca

Please do not use this email address to transmit personal health information or appointment inquiries.

Thank you.