November 23, 2015 – New Downtown Home a Boon for Public Health
Today the Peterborough County-City Health Unit opened its doors for the first time at its new home at Jackson Square, 185 King Street in downtown Peterborough.
“This is a great day for the future of public health,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Now with better, more accessible facilities, my staff and I are excited to launch into a new era of public health programming and services that will benefit the entire community.”
The first three floors of the Jackson Square building have been newly renovated to house the approximately 120 staff who relocated from the Health Unit’s two previous locations on Hospital Drive and O’Carroll Ave. The Health Unit’s Community Dental Health Centre remains nearby around the corner at Peterborough Square.
New, expanded clinic space is easy to find on the first floor for the Health Unit’s Routine Immunization, Travel and Sexual Health Clinics. Also on the first floor is an information desk and resource area to help people find credible health information covering all ages and stages of life, as well as all topic areas ranging from chronic disease and injury prevention, parenting, breastfeeding, child health and development, quitting smoking, safe water, nutrition, immunization, etc.
For specific information about public health programs and services, visitors are encouraged to go to the third floor to the main client services desk. Here they will find staff available to answer general questions, as well as obtain septic system permits, discuss vaccine records or to find out about smoking cessation supports. Visitors can also bring in ticks found on humans for identification and testing for Lyme disease if necessary. Consultation rooms are located in close proximity to the main client services desk for visitors who need to speak one-on-one with a public health professional.
The second floor is home of the Health Unit’s future community kitchen, as well as a large multipurpose room for food handler courses, prenatal classes and other public health events. The Health Unit’s main board room is also located on the second floor, and will host its inaugural Board of Health meeting on December 9. A Community Open House is being planned for the spring of 2016.
For further information, please contact:
705-743-1000, ext. 391