How do I get a Telemedicine appointment?

Telemedicine is useful for many appointments, but we may not be able to use it for all your visits. Ask your health care provider if Telemedicine is right for you. Referrals to OTN can be made by your family physician. You will then be contacted directly with your appointment date and time.

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Our Services During COVID-19

We are accepting in person appointments to access our on-site telemedicine services. However, we strongly encourage external specialists to use phone calls and other virtual options to provide appointments from a distance.  Should you have a telemedicine appointment booked and are coming to the hospital site, you will be contacted by the telemedicine nurse.

If coming to the hospital for outpatient appointments, including appointments in our telemedicine area, please report to the registration area in the ambulatory care/canoe hallway after passing through our screening desk at the Main Entrance. The Main Entrance is open for all outpatients and their essential care partners for weekday appointments and services.

The ambulatory entrance remains closed at this time. The Emergency Entrance is open 24/7 for those coming into the Emergency Department or visiting inpatients.

Please visit our COVID-19 page to check on the most current information about visitor/essential care partner restrictions and other updates relating to COVID-19 here at SLMHC:

(Updated March 2021)

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a member of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), one of the largest virtual care networks in the world, with more than 1600 sites across the province. OTN provides access to health care for patients in every hospital and hundreds of other health care locations and partners with KO eHealth to facilitate care to 28 First Nation communities.

Telemedicine is an interactive, two-way video-conferencing technology that allows for face-to-face communication between you and your physician or other health care professional who may be hundreds of kilometres away. 

If you decide to use Telemedicine, you will have the opportunity to see, hear and speak with a health care provider and discuss your plan of care. This means you will not have to leave your community in order to speak with a specialist. You will save time and money in travel and related expenses, and won’t  be required to take time away from work to attend an out of town appointment.

In addition to clinical care, Sioux Lookout uses OTN to facilitate the delivery of distance education and administrative meetings for health care professionals and patients.

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre is committed to improving access to quality health care. Our care is based on recognizing the relationship of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of all people.

Where is Telemedicine located?

The Telemedicine Studio at SLMHC is located in the Ambulatory Care area on the main level of the hospital.

What can I expect to happen during a Telemedicine appointment?

A Telemedicine appointment is similar to a regular visit, the only difference is that you will see and talk to the doctor through a television screen. Your appointment will take place in a private room and all information is protected by strict privacy guidelines. Your Telemedicine Coordinator has several diagnostic tools that will assist your specialist during the appointment. These include an electronic stethoscope with Bluetooth capabilities and a hand held zoom camera.