Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

Site: Attawapiskat Hospital

Service: Primary Care Facility

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Description & Services
Public Comments Nearest urban centre is Timmins, 500 km S of Attawapiskat
Description (Service) Operates a primary care facility and provides an array of services 
  • Provides the care through nurses with doctors and pharmacists available 24 hours a day for telephone consultations 
  • Supported by rotating Physician visits 
  • Provides mental health services 
  • Offers on-site laboratory services 
  • Provides surgical consultations and a wide spectrum of surgical procedures 
  • Arranges for air ambulance transfers to larger centres for emergency/surgical services 
  • Receives services of James Bay Ambulance Services (JBAS)  
  • Provides traditional healing programs approximately once per month based upon availability of healers 
  • Provides English/Cree translation and interpretation services
In Patient Care 
  • Provides 17 in-patient and chronic care beds 
  • Provides basic surgical and pediatric care  
  • Offers prenatal and obstetric care (newborn deliveries)  
  • Offers assistance for rehabilitation patients
Out Patient Care 
  • Provides a 24-hour emergency department  
  • Provides primary care assessment and treatment  
  • Hosts various clinics including Diabetes, Hypertension, Prenatal and Well Women
Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) 
  • Provides access to specialized medical care using videoconferencing and other tele-diagnostic equipment 
  • Allows specialists to remotely examine and prescribe treatments to patients in their home communities 
  • Reduces the need to travel to receive care
Also houses the Attawapiskat Dental Office
Hours Office Mon-Fri 9:30 am-5:30 pm 
Emergencies Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Attawapiskat First Nation
Eligibility Members of Attawapiskat First Nation and residents along the James Bay coast
Application No application process
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone Main Office 705-997-2150 
Telemedicine 705-658-4544 Ext 2248 
Dental Clinic 705-997-2149
Crisis Phone Ambulance 705-997-1111
Fax 705-997-2121
Website www.waha.ca
Primary Contact Melanie Phelps, Patient Clinical Coordinator; Phone: 705-997-2150 ext 6232; Email: melanie.phelps@waha.ca
Alternate Contact Jacob Vanderploeg, Director of Patient Care; Phone: 705-997-2150 ext 6223; Email: jacob.vanderploeg@waha.ca
Site Location Community is located on W James Bay, 160 km N of Moosonee
Located In Community Attawapiskat First Nation
Address 972 Riverside E
Attawapiskat, ON P0L 1A0
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Mailing Address c/o Attawapiskat Hospital 
PO Box 284 
Attawapiskat, ON P0L 1A0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC); North East Local Health Integration Network Aboriginal (NELHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)