Better Vision Care for People across the Timmins Area

Timmins, ON – Close to 400 people across the District can see more clearly thanks to an innovative model of ophthalmology care in Timmins.

Through locum coverage and a unique partnership between Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) and the University of Toronto’s Kensington Eye Institute, ophthalmology services continue to expand across the area, helping to reduce wait times for vision care and provide access to care closer to home.  

Since the program launched in March of this year, close to 400 people have received care, including 90 referrals for cataract surgery with 40 surgeries completed to date. In addition, almost 300 patients are already booked appointments for in 2024.

“I’m grateful for our team of clinicians and our partnership with the Kensington Eye Institute,” shared Kate Fyfe, TADH President and CEO. “Prior to the expansion of services, ophthalmology services across the district faced significant challenges resulting in many patients having to travel to access care. As Northerners, we’re known for being innovative, and this unique model of care is a great example of innovation.”

“Timmins and District is greatly benefiting from the experience and academic resources that this model of care has to offer,” stated Dr. Alejandro Oliver, TADH Ophthalmologist. “Operating two weeks out of every month, this clinic has allowed greater access to more timely care closer to where people live.”  

TADH continues to pursue opportunities to increase clinic operations and surgical services and is working to further expand services in 2024.

Quick Facts

  • In March 2023, TADH’s Locum Ophthalmology Clinic officially opened, welcoming Dr. Lapointe, who provides laser procedures and sees patients for general ophthalmology concerns (including glaucoma, drug toxicity screening and diabetes screening).
  • Under this model of care four ophthalmologists and four ophthalmology residents have traveled to Timmins to provide eye care to Northerners.
  • Patients who want to be referred to the Locum Ophthalmology Clinic are encouraged to speak with their primary care provider or visit a walk-in clinic or alternative care option.
  • Patients with questions can contact the TADH general inquiries line at 705-267-2131 or email at
  • See attached photo with following caption: Northerners have access to better vision care through the support of the TADH Locum Ophthalmology Clinic. Pictured from Left to Right in September: Dr. Kirill Zaslavsky, Ophthalmology Resident at U of T, Dr. Amrit Rai, Faculty Ophthalmologist, at U of T, Denise Fiset, Registered Nurse, Suzanne Clarke, Clinic Clerk at TADH, Dr. Alejandro Oliver, Ophthalmologist at TADH.

The Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) is a fully accredited community, referral and teaching hospital serving the residents of the City of Timmins and Cochrane District as well as the adjoining areas of the Timiskaming, Sudbury and Algoma districts. The hospital offers a full range of medical, surgical, critical care, maternity, newborn, pediatric, long-term care, mental health and diagnostic imaging services.


For more information contact:

Kaileigh Russell
Communication Specialist
Timmins and District Hospital
705-267-2131 Ext. 2409