Apsley Residents Still Without A Family Physician In Town

When Dr. Wagdy Rayes retired in June after an amazing 40 years run as a family physician in Apsley (which has a population of about 2,300), the township in Peterborough County was left without a doctor.

Rayes had approximately 1,140 patients rostered to his practice, and many of those were left without a GP when he closed his practice at the Apsley Medical Centre on Burleigh Street.

The commitment was made to find the town a new GP as soon as possible—and that commitment remains, according to the Peterborough Family Healthy Team (PHFT).


A North Kawartha Hub clinic with a nurse practioner opened behind Dr. Rayes' old office for those who couldn't join an established family practice. When a new doctor is found, PFHT says this Nurse Practitioner hub will be integrated into this practice to provide all patients of Apsley with a wholesome practice.

But the Nurse Practitioner Hub can only provide care to patients that are enrolled with them as they are currently at full capacity, meaning PFHT is pursuing a temporary solution to support these folks who can't use the hub. They are exploring a telemedicine approach which still needs to be planned out before being implemented.

“It is Peterborough Family Health Team’s responsibility to ensure all residents of the City & Country of Peterborough have access to adequate primary healthcare services,” says Lori Richey, Executive Director for the PFHT. “We continue to search for a permanent family doctor to take over the primary care for patients, but in the meantime we need a solution. People cannot go without access to care.”

A telemedicine service would provide a virtual family doctor to patients in the community. This temporary clinic would also enroll patients and smoothly transition them over to a new family doctor once recruited and that practice is up and running.

In the meantime, those living in Apsley who require care can access it through the following means:

-> The Lakefield VON Nurse Practitioner Clinic: Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, and located at 150 Strickland Street in Lakefield. (Residents are encouraged to book an appointment by calling 705.651.4866.)

-> Peterborough Regional Health Centre: If you urgently require health care services, you are advised to go to your local hospital at 1 Hospital Drive in Peterborough.

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UPDATE: Here's The Detour Map From Apsley To Glen Alda Due To Road Washout

UPDATE (April 6th): County Road 620 has been reopened!


Due to heavy rains last night (March 31st) that have caused a road washout, County Road 620 has been closed immediately west of Glen Alda near Apsley.

Repairs are expected to take a minimum of one week. Below is the just released detour map released by Peterborough County...

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An Epic Rainbow Igloo Has Been Constructed In Apsley

Apsley School Council has coordinated the building of a Rainbow Igloo for the Apsley Winter Carnival on February 21st. Apsley School Council Chair Carolyn Amyotte and fellow parents Ann Johnston, Jen Temple and Jenny Atmore are pledging to spend a night in the igloo if they can raise at least $1,000 towards the purchase of leveled literacy program resources to help their students.

***They believe that being a small school with a limited budget in a small, rural community shouldn't prevent their children from accessing the same programs and resources that other schools with bigger budgets can, and are raising awareness and funds by doing this epic igloo.

The Rainbow Igloo Project-Facts and Stats

• Almost 1200 2L cartons collected
• More than 2500L of water used
• Nearly 2 litres of food colouring used
• Construction started Jan 28th
• Finished and shoveled out Feb 14th
• 12 ft diameter at the base
• 6 ft 5” high at the center
• Hundreds of volunteer hours
• Almost a dump truck load of snow used for the mould
• Lighting ceremony at 6 pm, Saturday, February 21st, at the Apsley Lion's Winter Carnival held at the NKCC in Apsley

See more of how the igloo came together at the @eelslake Twitter handle. Donate here to help the school out.

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Maplewood Wayside Chapel Near Apsley Might Just Be One Of The World's Smallest Chapels

Built in 1967 by Dick and Isabel Lucas, at capacity it has room for probably about 10 people. It's located on Hwy. 620 near Apsley. Check out some pictures...


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