To all my patients:
After much careful consideration, I have decided to leave my practice at the ByWard Family Health Team (formerly the University of Ottawa Health Service – UOHS) on December 1, 2020. This has been a difficult decision, but at this time it is the right choice for me and my family.
I’m pleased to tell you that there is a wonderful female physician, Dr. Johneen Manning, who will be taking over my practice on December 1, 2020. I have spoken with Dr. Manning and I feel confident that your care will be in good hands. Dr. Manning’s office clinic is located at 316 Rideau Street on the 2nd floor of the Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy. The clinic entrance is separate from the pharmacy entrance & is located on Rideau next to Steve’s Music Store.
If you choose not to stay on at BWFHT under the care of Dr. Manning, please be aware that you should seek medical advice about the results of any tests or imaging procedures or consultations ordered by any doctor you see on or after December 1, 2020. For example, if you go to an emergency room or see a specialist, afterwards make sure to go to your new family doctor or to the BWFHT walk-in clinic to request the results of any tests ordered and to ask if any recommendations were made that you should know about or act upon.
I have greatly valued our relationship and thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve as your family physician.
Dr. Jocelyn Russell MD, CCFP, FCFP
Note: This is an abridged version of the communication sent by email on October 22, 2020, for patients with an email address on file and by regular mail for those without an email.