News/Blog

2019/12/08

We’re pleased to inform, starting January, we have Dr. Khalil taking patients. We created a waiting list, please call us to add your name to the list.
Dr. Pranay Chander has committed to provide home visits to our most vulnerable patients who, due to debilitating illness or frailty, unable to present physically to our clinic. This service is insured under OHIP with some exceptions apply!
Please check out our work schedule because we have extended our hours! We have Dr. Pranay Chander seeing our walk-in patients on Tuesdays.
MediCorner cares about the environment. We know at heart that you’re thankful for the work we do, but we’ve set policy to accept food and other gifts only if they meet the following criteria
1. Food inside a reusable container with a lid; will wash it before we give it back to you
2. We will NOT accept plastic or any form of throw-away containers
3. In select cases, we will hold containers for rotation if an agreement made early on.
Keep the cheers, the jolly and save the environment, thank

2019/10/01
Please note, the following services are no longer free based on recent OHIP changes:
1. Low-risk pre-operative assessment, e.g. before dental surgery
2. urine-based pregnancy tests, unless there’s a medical emergency
3. Ear wax removal only restricted to certain indications

2019/01/14
Due to our increased wait times at the clinic in MediCorner, creating work efficiency bottlenecks, I, Dr. Taha, on behalf of myself and other doctors in MediCorner clinic decided to phase out “automatic” Prescription Authorization by fax. You are encouraged to follow up with the doctor personally to fill your prescription. I understand if you are unable to attend to doctor’s office in timely manner then the pharmacist is authorized to re-prescribe a short supply of regular medications if appropriate under their license restrictions/privileges. For longer-lasting supply of regular medications then you are required to attend to the doctor’s office to fill them.

If it’s at all necessary for you to get refills by “automatic” prescription authorization by fax without physically presenting to the doctor, the service can be accommodated by a fee of $10 per page (paid cash or by interac e-transfer) and that is only if for whatever reason it was prohibitive for you (or your legal representative) to see the doctor in timely manner.

2018/11/03
Save time and view our real-time wait time for walk-in, click here

2018/07/22
***Dr. Abdul Hadi, is back working and you can book for woman-health exams

*** Dr. Taha is NOT acquiring NEW patients at this point, but will continue caring for his rostered patients and walk-in’s.

2018/02/15
*** We apologize for interruption in our on-site dietician and diabetic educator service. The service is no longer available due to lack of funding.

2017/12/17
We placed an example for our services and their prices. This will give you an idea so you can prepare for your visit.

      • Travel Assessment: 20 minutes, $50 for consultation with doctor, uninsured by OHIP, $15 for each injection, in addition for whatever charged by pharmacy for acquiring injection. We DO NOT offer Yellow Fever vaccines for those who wants to travel to endemic destinations in Africa
      • Immunizations, vaccinations: 10 minutes, OHIP insured, some vaccines are uninsured, $15 for doctor fees
      • Blood lab on-site: Check our lab hours. We welcome our patients to use our clinic for lab services for their own convenience, e.g. blood works, urine exams, etc
      • Wound care, lacerations: 15 minutes, OHIP insured, our surgical unit is fully equipped to deal with mild open injuries, traumas
      • Fracture care, minor fractures: 30 minutes, OHIP insured, minor fractures (broken bones) area easily treated by primary care doctor
      • Annual preventive exams/physical: 30 minutes, OHIP insured, we recommend annual preventive medical exams/physicals; this is to optimize health and keep up with evidence-based preventive medical advice.
      • Diabetes care: 20 minutes, OHIP insured, Invaluable care for diabetes, a chronic illness that can influence patient health outcomes adversely; our trained registered dietician will help with your diabetes management as well
      • Well Baby care: 20 minutes, OHIP insured; we love babies; we offer regular well baby care usually done frequently during infancy and less frequently when the baby gets older
      • Pap/cervical screening: 20 minutes, OHIP insured; well women care, Pap smears (cervical cancer screening) and breast cancer screening are part of regular services we offer and insist that all women should take advantage of to prevent poor healthy outcomes and premature death
      • Driver’s Medical/Physical: 30 minutes, $125, we follow MTO’s guidelines
      • Worker/volunteer physicals: 20 minutes; $100 for 2-step TB and $60 for physicals; 2-step TB (usually required by all health-care workers), other vaccines plus physicals if necessary
      • Joint/bursa injections: 20 minutes, about $30 charged by pharmacy for the injected material/vial; the procedure of injection is OHIP insured; painful joints; bursitis; tendinitis sometimes respond to injection after doctor’s consultation; decision to injection requires booking for the injection on later date!
      • Wart cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen: 30 minutes, $30 each lesion; only lesions in the face are OHIP insured; we use verruca-freeze limiting cone to increase the effectiveness of delivery of freezing agent and maximize success, so you would eventually require less frequent visits/treatments; hence, less cost
      • Skin mole, cyst removal: 30 minutes, $50 for mole, $100 for cyst, $200 for big cyst or lipoma; unless lesion being cancer/malignant then that’s OHIP insured; booked appointment required. With local anesthesia, even complex medical cases can be done safely (because you don’t get put to sleep); talk to our doctor for consultation!

2017/09/11
Our doctors adopt and strictly follow the new 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Pain to improve our patients’ care and reduce harm. For more information please follow this link: 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Pain

2017/08/03
Rabies in Hamilton Ontarioūüźį

2017/06/20
Public Health Warning – Lyme Disease

Hamilton Public Health Service officials warn that Hamilton is poised to become a risk area for Lyme disease. Increased numbers of disease-causing ticks have been found in the Hamilton area. Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria. In Ontario, Lyme disease is carried by some black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks. However, in Hamilton, the most common type of tick found is the American Dog tick. American Dog ticks cannot transmit Lyme disease. Ticks are bugs that sit on tall grass and bushes until they attach themselves to a person or animal passing by. Make sure to check your body or your pets for ticks after hiking and other outdoor activities. For more information visit: hamilton.ca/ticks or call Hamilton Public Health Services 905-546-2489. A useful resource on Lyme Disease for primary care physicians is available on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/ .

2017/03/18
***Please be advised, in no circumstance that you will receive any request either directly from us (MediCorner Clinic) or from a person on our behalf asking you to send/forward money/funds/cheques for donations, compassionate funds, charity, etc. We don’t use social media, mail, email, phone or any other method of communication to promote charity of any kind. Please be careful and use your common-sense judgement to avoid potential fraud, scams, etc.

2016/10/16
Flu shot is here! Take your flu shot, protect self and others! Click link below for more details:

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/publications/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/fact-sheet-flu-grippe-faits-feuillet/alt/fact-sheet-flu-grippe-faits-feuillet-eng.pdf


2016/09/20

Five Things You Need to Know About Zika Virus

 mosquitoes primarily spread

Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex.

Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and can also bite at night. Also, Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.

 prevent mosquito bites

The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.

Use EPA-registered insect repellent. It works!

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.

Remove standing water around your home.

 zika is linked to birth defects

Zika is linked to birth defects.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth. If you are pregnant and have a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika, do not have sex, or use condoms the right way, every time, during your pregnancy.

 traveling

Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.

If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.

 travelers

Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites.

During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

Couples with a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika should take steps to protect during sex.


2016/08/21
My “common-sense” hypothesis on diet!

I always wondered what is it and what would it take to eat healthy. You probably know already that you opened the door on a very¬†wide range¬†of thoughts, almost endless like a “sea”.

Then, I thought, let’s go back to the basics, back to our ancestors; this was the time when we’re still hunting, gathering and forging. This is the time of our very beginning, perhaps about 160 thousands years, a time when the oldest fossil of our ancestors dated. We didn’t farm until about 12 to 14 thousands years ago; before then we were almost like any other “omnivore”.

Now, you’re probably getting closer to what our menu looked like. Everything was fresh, apart from what was cooked with simple “flame of fire” because back then we knew fire at some point before we farmed. Fire kept us close; in fact, they even thought that fire helped us develop “language” a ground breaking point in our distinction from our ancestor, the Homo erectus.

Again, you probably notice that we could be eating all day long, because we were roaming the earth searching for food and probably eating some in the meanwhile carrying some with us home. I wonder how much vegetables and fruits we ate then. You know they’re very hydrating in a long day walking down the savannah looking for more food.

We ate meat too, but that comes out of a price. We would have to run, chase and ambush; this means, we would have to waste more energy to get meat, but we needed it, because our brains needed it. In other words, it means that our body is designed in such a way that it conserves energy the best way it can, otherwise, we’ll have trouble surviving. Our best tool is our brain, that’s why about 30% of our blood volume goes to our brain. As a result, less blood goes to our muscles, and other organs to compensate for that. Hence, compared to other animals, we’re not the fastest, strongest or tallest, but we’re the most intelligent, hence we needed so much blood to go to our brain.

How are we doing now? We certainly evolved, I spent about 30 minutes sitting down to write this article on my computer at home; not so much hunting, gathering or even walking round the yard. I spend most of my hours at the office, sitting down, talking, typing and writing prescriptions; though I hope I do more than just writing prescriptions to my patients. I hope I can motivate them for a healthier life-style; hence, I wrote this article.

So we evolved in our life-style, more convenience, more sitting down, less walking, less searching on our feet, less running and chasing. Our food evolved also to match our busy lives; processed food, dense in calories and carbs to give us the energy quickly with less chewing, so we can go back and work on our computers, or driving our trucks, which is not a whole lot of exercise either. Not only you can eat processed food faster, but it is indeed cheaper because it has a longer shelf-life so it can be stored and “sold” for less. The end result, is less exercise, more calorie-dense food, less nutrition; remember, the food we ate in the past takes a lot of chewing and it’s bigger in volume, because there’s a lot of vegetables and fruits full of fibre, nutrients, and antioxidants that¬†every cell in our body needs.

You may argue, that we live longer; though this is a very broad-base discussion either because there are many factors involved in living longer. We live safer. We surpassed the microbial challenges with antibiotics and vaccines. We take less risk because we’re not hunting anymore. We’re more sanitary. Technology allowed us to bypass blocked blood vessels in our heart and provided us with another “10-years” of heart-attack free time. Those factors to name few, so we live longer not because our food is better; in fact our food is one of the main reasons that we are less healthy and although it shorten our life-span, that is compensated by these factors just mentioned.

Our intelligence allowed us to develop technologies that changed our life-style forever, but our genome hasn’t evolved yet to allow us to be less energy/calorie conserving. The genome takes way longer to evolve. I wish our genome would evolve to allow our eyes to send signals to the brain to increase our metabolic rate when we are about to eat that cheesecake! That is not happening yet.

So what’s the solution to our unhealthy food habits. Simple, eat fresh, more salads, a lot of salad, like really a lot, less breads and pastries. Eat meat and eggs, it’s fine as long as you exercised on that day, like you “hunted your prey”. Avoid the “white killers”, they’re killers because they’re highly refined/processed: salt, sugar, white wheat flour, or any white flour. Take cucumbers and carrots. Eat them on your way to work, eat them at work. Eat a lot of them. Eat whole vegetables and fruits, don’t be afraid of peels. You have no time to peel, otherwise, the sun downs and you’re in the middle of the jungle facing nocturnal predators.

Finally, I would like to ask you to keep searching, reading and exploring the question: What is it to eat healthy?

Thank you for reading, have a nice meal!

Dr. Hussam Taha, CCFP