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Health Care

Northumberland County has excellent health care. There are two community hospitals, as well as skilled doctors, dentists, optometrists and other medial service professionals.

Your Health Card

You must have an Ontario government Health Card to get medical treatment. This card is called an OHIP card. OHIP stands for "Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan." You must apply as soon as you arrive in Canada. There is usually a three-month waiting period after you apply. Visit website to learn how to get private health insurance coverage before you qualify for OHIP.

For more information on how to apply for your OHIP Card visit the Ontario of Ministry of Health and Long-time Care website.

Finding a Doctor

As soon as you get your OHIP card, you should look for a family doctor. You need to contact different doctors and ask if they are taking new patients. Family doctors are also called "general practitioners". You cannot see a specialist until you see your family and he/she gives you a formal referral (for example, see a cardiologist for heart problems). You will need to show your OHIP card at any doctor's appointment.

To look for family doctors who are taking new patients in your area you can check out the listings at The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario or call them at 1-800-268-7096 ext. 626.

You may also register online at Health Care Connect, a service that helps Ontario residents who do not have a family doctor. Or register by calling them at 1-800-445-1822. When registering with Health Care Connect be sure that:

  • You have a valid Health card
  • Your mailing address is up-to-date

Walk-In Clinics

If you are sick but you do not have a family doctor you can go to any of the following clinics to get medical help. If possible, you should phone first. You will need to show your OHIP card when you arrive.

Port Hope Walk-In Clinic
249 Ontario Street, Suite 104, Port Hope
Phone: (905) 885-0611
Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 


If you are very sick, you can go to the Emergency Department at one of these Northumberland hospitals. This is also the place where local treatments and operations may take place.

Northumberland Hills Hospital
1000 DePalma Drive, Cobourg
Phone: (905) 372-6811
Crisis Phone: (905) 377-9891 or 1-888-294-7579

Campbellford Memorial Hospital
146 Oliver Road, Campbellford
Phone: (705) 653-1140

Health Units

Health Units provide education about health issues like nutrition and dental hygiene. They also promote and run disease prevention programs in various communities.

Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit
Port Hope:
200 Rose Glen Road
Phone: (905) 885-9100 or 1-866-888-4577
After hours: 1-888-255-7839

35 Alice Street
Phone: (613) 475-0933 or 1-866-888-4577

Finding a Dentist

OHIP does not cover the cost of dental care.

There are many dentists in the area who are taking new patients.

Visit the Ontario Dental Association website to look for a dentist in your area

You can also:

Look through the yellow pages of the phone book, or ask people you know who they use as a dentist.

If you are receiving assistance from Ontario Works and your children are in urgent need of dental care, you should contact one of the following places and ask for more information on the Children In Need of Treatment (CINOT) program: Ontario Works: (905) 372-6846 or the Health Unit: 1-866-888-4577.

Mental Health Services

Community mental health services help people with mental disorders (mental illness or mental health difficulties).

There are three centres in Northumberland County:

Four County Crisis-Community Mental Health Crisis Response Program
Phone: (705) 745-6484 or 1-866-995-9933
Helps with non-medical crisis support, links people to services, available 24 hours a day, 7 day a week.

Lakeshore Community Mental Health Services
975 Elgin Street, Cobourg
Phone: (905) 377-9891 or 1-888-294-7579
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Crisis Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Provides counselling to people with serious mental disorders. Treatment for depression, mood swings, anxiety disorder, etc.

Campbellford Community Mental Health Centre
146 Oliver Road, Campbellford
Phone: (705) 632-2015
Crisis line: (705) 653-1140 ext.2193