River Glen Medical Centre, Oakville, ON
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency that need you to call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room for immediate help:
Bleeding that will not stop
Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
Coughing up or vomiting blood
Fainting or loss of consciousness
Feeling of committing suicide or murder
Head or spine injury
Severe or persistent vomiting
Sudden injury due to a motor vehicle accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wound, etc.
Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
Swallowing a poisonous substance
Upper abdominal pain or pressure
After hours, in non emergency situations, you may get a medical advice through Telehealth Ontario by phone:
Screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer saves lives. Cancer screening detects pre-cancerous changes, or cancer at an early stage when there is a better chance of treating it successfully. Screening is for individuals who do not have any cancer symptoms. (Cancer Care Ontario)
You can know in depth about Screen for Life Program approved by Cancer Care Ontario at https://www.cancercare.on.ca/pcs/screening/
This program is offered to you and your family at River Glen Medical Centre during routine check-up and annual physical exam.
Immunizations protect you and those around you against disease. The Health Department provides a variety of immunization services, for various age groups as well as in certain special circumstances.
Please find out about Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule at:
This immunization schedule, covered by OHIP, is offered to you and your family at River Glen Medical Centre. Your family doctor will explain it to you in details.
Every time your child gets an immunization from their health care provider, you need to update the Health Department. Your health care provider’s office does not report these records for you. (Public Health – Halton Health Region).
At River Glen Medical Centre, your family doctor will update your child immunization card as well as his/her file at the electronic records.
There are a number of ways to update your immunization record at Public Health Region when needed. Please find out about this at:
Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP)
Recommended Influenza Vaccine Recipients
The following individuals are eligible and recommended for the publicly funded influenza vaccine in Ontario (provided that they have no contraindications to the vaccine):
- All individuals aged 6 months or older who live, work or attend school in Ontario
- Individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications or more likely to require hospitalization:
All pregnant women
All children 6-59 months of age
People ≥65 years of age
People who are residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
- Adults or children with chronic health conditions as follows:
cardiac or pulmonary disorders
children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) undergoing treatment with
acetylsalicylic acid for long periods
morbid obesity (body mass index of ≥40
neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions
anemia or hemoglobinopathy
conditions which compromise the immune system
diabetes mellitus or other metabolic disease
- Individuals capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:
- Health care workers and other care providers in facilities and community settings
- Household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza related complications
- Persons who provide care to children ≤59 months of age.
- Those who provide services within a closed or relatively closed setting to persons at high risk (e.g., crew on a ship)
- In addition, the ministry strongly recommends that swine and poultry industry workers receive influenza immunization as early as possible.
Read more about Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) at:
Take your time to talk to your doctor about the necessary immunizations while arranging your vacation. You may need to have certain vaccines that protects you against many infectious diseases. Some of these vaccines needs to be administered few months before travelling.
Also, you can find out about vaccination recommendation by destination at
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) provides coverage for a vast majority of physician services; however, there are some services that are not covered.
Physicians are pleased to offer these valuable services; however, the responsibility for payment lies with the patient or the third party requesting the service.
Examples of these services include driving medical exam, insurance letters, sick notes, third party letter, TB test, Travel immunization, or transfer records.
Please, speak to our receptionists if you have any questions regarding uninsured services.