Citizen Engagement: questions comments concerns

Health Hub



These will be the faces you’ll see in the Dorset Health Hub:

  • Laurie Highfield, NP - Laurie Highfield graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Since graduating she has been committed to the profession of nursing through her work at the hospital and in volunteer work. She has worked for the past 8 years in various areas of pediatrics, emergency/trauma, geriatrics, and primary care, caring for patients and families of all ages from infancy to adulthood with multiple illnesses and injuries. She has also volunteered with ChildCan, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and Camp Oochigeas which provides the opportunity for children with cancer to attend camp. Throughout her nursing career, Laurie felt the desire to have a larger role in the care of children and their families. She returned to Western to attend the combined Masters of Nursing and Primary health care nurse practitioner program. Giving her the opportunity to take care of families as a whole, following them throughout their life journey, promoting health, offering support, and providing education throughout. 


  • Katie Olson, RPN/Admin Assistant - She is a Registered Practical Nurse who has been working in the community health setting for four years, including northern nursing stations.

Primary Care

Episodic Care

Primary Care is available for:

  • those who live locally and are currently without a family doctor/nurse practitioner

Episodic Care is available for:

  • Seasonal Visitors
  • Those who live locally and have a family doctor/nurse practitioner*See below

What is Offered

  • Support during periodic or minor illnesses and injuries
  • Periodic health exams (i.e., physicals, immunizations, cancer screening)
  • Management of chronic diseases (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, COPD, asthma, heart disease)

Coming in the near future:

  • community mental health
  • addictions outreach
  • access to other Allied Health Professionals through the Algonquin Family Health Team and other community resources
  • family and children’s services
  • telemedicine

What is Offered

 Episodic health care*, including:

  • minor illnesses (fever, cough, sore throat, bladder infection, diarrhea)
  • minor injuries (minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, falls)

If you have a local doctor/nurse practitioner, we encourage you to always seek care from them first. Since they know your medical history, you will receive the best care from them.

We may be able to help when you are unable to be seen by their office in a timely manner and for a periodic illness or injury.









What to do in an Emergency

If you have any symptoms suggestive of a serious medical condition, or have major injuries, immediately call 9-1-1 and proceed to the nearest Emergency Department. Examples include:

  • sudden or worsening chest pain
  • acute severe shortness of breath
  • signs suggestive of stroke (sudden difficulty speaking, weakness, visual changes, difficulty walking)
  • major lacerations/bleeding, fractures, high speed injuries, falls from heights, etc.

Hours of Operation 

1096 Main Street, Dorset

 Please call to book an appointment

 PHONE: 705 766 0866

 Monday - 8:30 - 4:30

Tuesday - 1:00 - 8:00

Wednesday - 8:30 - 4:30

Thursday - 8:30 - 4:30

Friday - 8:30 - 3:30


Please note we are not a walk in clinic but will be able to accommodate same day or next day appointments when needed for episodic illnesses and concerns. If you have any questions regarding the information on this handout please do not hesitate to call and speak to Katie or Laurie. We will be happy to clarify or provide any further information. Thank you for coming in to meet us during our opening week.



For further information please visit the following websites


Thank you for your support and enthusiasm. We appreciate your patience/ understanding as we get the clinic established and look forward to working with you to make this project a success for all.



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