Regent Park school opens much-appreciated health clinic for families
TDSB unveils 6th clinic of its kind as demand grows for similar services across Toronto
For families in Regent Park, it has become a little easier to get their children to a doctor.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has partnered up with St. Michael's Hospital to open up a new health clinic inside Nelson Mandela Public School. The clinic will have a family physician and two pediatricians to provide health care services.
The facility offers a range of medical services for the school's students and their families.
Carrie Hantash is a mother who says she appreciates having access to a paediatrician
Chaka Nero-Heath's son, Sefirah Heath, was one of the first patients to get a check-up at the brand new clinic. She says this is far more convenient than driving 30 minutes to go see her family doctor.
"You can just come by right here," she says. "You don't have to get transit or parking. It's right here so it's really good."
Sloane Freeman, a doctor at St. Michael's Hospital, is part of the project and says the program focuses on development and mental health issues, as well.
"We see kids coming in all the time for suspected learning disabilities, questions about autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder," the doctor says.
It's the sixth clinic of its kind and TDSB says there are growing demands for similar services across the board.
Two more schools — one in Parkdale and the other in Scarborough — will also get health clinics by the end of the school year.