The City of Pickering is one of the fastest growing areas in the Region of Durham with nearly a 60% population increase projected to take place in the next 20 years. North Pickering, specifically, is a rapidly growing community with expected growth to be in excess of 60,000 new residents. Due to Pickering’s rising population, its needs for community-based healthcare are expanding quickly as well. The City is currently home to nearly 2,000 health care related jobs and is expected to grow for the next five years.

In recent years, investment in state of the art health care facilities has increased significantly. Pickering is ideally located to deliver world-class talent from 5 Universities and 6 Colleges and access to nearly 4 million people in the labour force within commuter shed.

Jerry Coughlan Health and Wellness Centre

The Jerry Coughlan Health and Wellness Centre will be a new medical centre bringing services closer to home for people living in Pickering. The modern multi-storey building will be located at 2580 Brock Road on 2.3-acre property that is currently owned by Lakeridge Health.  

Types of services expected to be offered in the new Centre include Lakeridge Health outpatient services as well as independent physician offices, other health professionals and an urgent care centre. In addition, it is anticipated that a pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic services will be co-located in the building.

Construction for the new Centre is well underway and is expected to be complete mid-to-late 2022.

Learn more about Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre.

Carea Community Health Centre

Carea Community Health Centre is a registered charitable organization providing  a variety of free, community programs and services including: health promotion and wellness programs; primary care, counselling and mental health; diabetes education; Hepatitis C screening, treatment support, education and outreach; geriatric assessment & intervention; young parent support, youth programs, Indigenous programs; community development programs; and fundraising events which include developing charitable partnerships/sponsorships to fund programs.

Learn more about Carea Community Health Centre.

Lakeridge Health Ajax-Pickering Hospital

Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute care provider, offering one of the broadest and most comprehensive ranges of acute care services in the province. With five hospitals, four Emergency Departments, and more than twenty community health care locations, we offer our culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services across multiple sites.

The Ajax-Pickering hospital has a capacity of 144 beds. The Emergency Department routinely accommodates 45,000 visits a year. It is equipped with a helipad for medical evacuations. In fall 2019, an additional 22-bed inpatient mental health unit opened to support mental health services. 

The services offered by the Ajax Pickering Hospital include the shoulder centre, inpatient and outpatient surgery, women's and children's health, critical care, diagnostic imaging, outpatient mental health services, cardiac care, diabetes education and laboratory services.

Learn more about Lakeridge Health Ajax-Pickering Hospital.

Assertive Community Treatment Team

This unique, community-based mental health program provides direct treatment, rehabilitation and support services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The program consists of a multidisciplinary team of staff members who have training and experience in psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, substance-abuse treatment, vocational rehabilitation and peer support. The ACT team goes into the community to serve clients, meeting with them in their own environment where they feel comfortable. This could be in their homes, a coffee shop, or even in a park. 

For many patients suffering from illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, leaving their homes to go to an appointment can be a challenge, which is why the majority of ACTT's services are provided within the community. In addition, the ACT team provides services to adults who have not otherwise been successful with office-based services or have had extensive hospital stays. Through this program, clients learn important day-to-day functions, such as maintaining personal hygiene, finding employment or managing finances. 

Learn more about the Assertive Community Treatment Team.

Long-Term Care Facility

In July 2020, the Ontario government announced that a new long-term care home will be built at Lakeridge Health's Ajax Pickering Hospital site. The project is part of the province's Accelerated Build Pilot Program. By working with Lakeridge Health and Infrastructure Ontario, the province intends to build up to 320 new long-term care beds by 2021 at this site.

Learn more about the new Long-Term Care Facility.