Kirkfield's only family doctor is leaving

The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI), with support from the City of Kawartha Lakes, is actively pursuing the recruitment of a replacement doctor in Kirkfield. Kirkfield’s primary physician, Dr. Kinga Koprowicz, will be relocating her practice to Orillia as of November 1, 2018, leaving the Kirkfield Medical Centre open for a new practice.

The City of Kawartha Lakes owns the Kirkfield Medical Centre. For several years, Dr. Koprowicz had use of the building at no cost and to date has not been willing to enter into a lease with the City. Most medical professionals in the City pay fair market value for their commercial space as is common practice throughout Ontario.

Dr. Koprowicz was notified in early April of 2018 that pursuant to Municipal Act, the City is required to enter into lease agreements with all commercial users of our municipal buildings at fair market value. A timeline of January 2019 for a fair market value lease was proposed. Unfortunately, Dr. Koprowicz has chosen to relocate to Orillia. The City regrets the decision made by Dr. Koprowicz and recognizes the loss of a family doctor in the area and the resulting disruption this causes current patients.

Patients of Dr. Koprowicz have the option to remain under her care if they wish to follow her practice by calling 705-438-3189. They can also register with Health Care Connect in order to find another family doctor by visiting their website or contacting 1-800-445-1822.

 “Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative is continuing to recruit new doctors for the City and there is potential for other doctors to take in new patients to fill the need in Kirkfield,” states Cindy Snider, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, KLHCI.