Clinic News & Announcements
May 10, 2018
Update for Patients of Dr. Adriaan Windt
Many of you will be aware that I have had some health issues since about the middle of January.
The health issues will, unfortunately, remain and potentially be progressive. The exact underlying nature of the condition is still unknown, other than it is a rare disorder affecting the nervous system. I am adapting to this new challenge. My 35 years as family physician did not really prepare me for being a patient!
For the last few weeks I have tried to return to family practice in a way which will allow more flexibility, however, I have come to the realization that I cannot provide satisfactory comprehensive family medicine care to my patients and have, therefore, come to the difficult decision that I will have to close my family medicine practice. My last day of family medicine at Gateway will be May 17. I am involved in flexible committee work at the Division of Family Practice and will continue with that. I will do my best to help shape a better primary care future. Time will tell whether I can still contribute in a meaningful way to clinical work in family medicine.
Since this problem presented itself in January, the medical team at Gateway had to make many adjustments to accommodate the needs of my patients. They have done a great job and we thank them for that.
In my 35 years of family medicine my patients have been my best teachers, and for that I am very thankful. It has been a rich experience and it will be difficult to adapt to the new reality, but I believe it is the best decision for your and my health.
I wish you the very best of health for the future.
Best wishes and thank you for sharing part of your lives with me.
-Dr. Adriaan Windt
In Dr. Windt’s absence, the physician group at Gateway will continue to do their best to accommodate your care with the additional help of locums and family medicine resident physicians. We are actively recruiting for a full-time replacement doctor and have identified potential candidates. In the interim, there may be times when you will be directed to a walk in clinic if we simply do not have any appointments available, but always call the office first.
Furthermore, despite our best efforts, our ability to accommodate all of Dr. Windt’s patients in the long run is dependent upon our ability to successfully recruit a permanent full-time physician. If your spouse is seeing a physician at Gateway other than Dr. Windt, you will automatically be transferred to them. If you have a non-Gateway physician (e.g. of a family member) who is willing to take over your care, now would be a good time to transfer.
Your understanding and patience is appreciated. Thank you.
-The Gateway Team