Strengthening Primary Care in the South West LHIN

As the South West LHIN moves forward with health system renewal plans as part of the Patients First Act, valued voices of primary care providers and patients will help drive local innovation and collaboration. A strong primary care sector is the cornerstone of a high performing, efficient and robust health care system.


Groups that support Patients First


These committees advise the LHIN on system-wide priorities and drive change locally: the Patient and Family Advisory Committee, Health System Renewal Advisory Committee, and five sub-region integration tables. 


Bringing local even closer to home with sub-region geographies

Sub-regions have been created across the LHIN as a focal point for integrated service planning and delivery of seamless, consistent, high-quality care. Five sub-regions have been identified in the South West LHIN: Grey Bruce, Huron Perth, London Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin. Sub-region Primary Care Alliances (PCA) are groups created to provide primary care leadership in five areas. Each of the sub-regions invite all primary care providers to come together to identify, plan and make recommendations for local priorities. For more information, including upcoming or previous meeting dates, visit the PCA website. 


Patient Centred Care

Patient-centred care requires different parts of the health system to be coordinated to meet the needs and preferences of individuals and families. Through, inter-professional collaboration within primary health care and by facilitating access to the broader health care system, the South West LHIN and health service providers will ensure patients have access to the range of health services needed by individuals and families.

With the goal to improve access, accountability and performance, the LHIN will work with the Ministry to implement a multi-year collaborative reform strategy with primary care providers to better connect and integrate with other care providers. There is also a need for dedicated work to respond to the needs of currently underserviced Indigenous communities.

Together with the LHIN, system partners will:

  • Work with the Ministry to implement a multi-year collaborative reform strategy with primary care providers.
  • Work towards same/next day access to primary health care.
  • Build capacity for primary health care to meet the needs of all populations within the LHIN.
  • Build capacity to identify and support people with chronic conditions in primary care.
  • Provide primary care physicians and their patients with more timely access to specialist care.
  • Advance the South West LHIN primary care network structure.

Addressing Communities with High Physician Needs

When a doctor moves, or retires, an entire community’s health care can be affected. For these communities, it is more difficult for residents to access a family physician. 

Through our analysis, the South West LHIN will be able to identify and prioritize a number of areas of high primary care physician need. Communities identified for additional physicians will be identified on our list of communities of high primary care physician need. More information on areas of high physician need can be found on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.

For more information on the South West LHIN’s Communities of High Primary Care Physician Need list or to discuss your community physician needs, please contact: Jane Tillmann, Health Force Ontario Regional Advisor: 519-200-4896 or Mia Segal, Health System Planner, South West LHIN, 519-640-2621