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As of April 10, 2018 I will be located at a new address for the following 6 months.  The set-up is not the same as that we have been used to at Hillside.  Please note the following;

  • The secretaries at Hillside are doing any bookings for the new location until March 29.
  • The week of April 2 I will be doing the move and not available for appointments until the following week.
  • There is no walk-in available at the new location.  Seeing Dr. Josephson is by appointment only. I will try to keep a few time slots available to give for urgent visits.  You can call the new office location after April 2  and ask if there is an opening available.  I will do my best to accommodate last minute visits.  The days I am able to book appointments are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  
  • THERE ARE NO FACILITIES AT THE NEW LOCATION TO SEND BLOOD TESTS, ETC.  Any tests to be done will require a requisition from me so you can go to your local hospital or CLSC for the tests.   I will only be able to do and send PAP tests for the first few months.
  • If you have a question or are unsure of what to do,  you can certainly leave a message and I or one of the secretaries will return your call.
  • If you need a regular medication renewed (that I have prescribed),  please ask the pharmacy to fax the request to 514-369-1234 to my attention.
  • Referrals to specialists should be with your new MD unless I have already assessed you for this issue.  Remember that new referrals will take time to get appointments and I will not be available for follow up so this is best handled with a new MD.
  • Yearly renewals of referrals for insurance coverage for massage therapy, etc should be done with your new M.D., not me.
  • ORIGINAL CHARTS will be kept with me after closure.  If there is a need for any information from your chart you may send me a request at drdjosephson@gmail.com
  • I have rented this temporary location in order to provide a smooth transition for my patients.  For any questions, issues we can work together to find a solution.  Please respect and have patience that the new secretaries will not know you or me well or how we have practiced previously.
  • For your new MD, remember that most blood tests and radiology results are available to MD’s through the DSQ site  (dossier sante du quebec).  For many of you this is all the information they need.


Dr. D. Josephson

65 Westminster Ave.,  Monteal West  H4X 1Y8

telephone  514-481-0008    fax  514-369-1234


Contact remains with Hillside until April 2nd

I am sure that I will think of other information to add so recheck the website from time to time.


The following are family medicine centres (GMF’s)  in the area which you can contact to see if they are taking new patients.

Greene Family Medicine Group

1310 Greene Ave.,  Suite 800

Westmount     514-780-2222


MDCM Clinic

5515 rue St.Jacques



You can ask to register with a physician (if available) or use their walk-in and even book an appointment for a PAP test even if you are not a registered patient.


Westmount Square Health Group

Westmount Square Building, Westmount



ForceMedic 3

1 Avenue Westminister

Montreal West



Sante Kildare

7005 Kildare, Suite 14

Cote-Saint-Luc, QC




November 2017

Dear Patients;

It is with much hesitation that I am writing this letter concerning my decision to gradually close my office after 35 years in medical practice. Several events have led to this decision. Our clinic building has been sold and we have been informed that we must vacate the building by April 1, 2018. Too short a time but we are doing our best. As a group the dynamics have changed with the retirement of one physician and the decision of another to change his practice set-up.

None of this negates the absolutely fabulous medical practice I have had at Hillside. Family medicine is a truly unique and privileged profession. At Hillside we have had a wonderful opportunity to deliver medicine in a caring manner and often with a healthy dose of laughter. So many laughs, cries, upsets, challenges. To have a patient whom I took care of as a young child later bring me her baby to care for is a unique experience.
To every one of you I say thank you for enriching my life and reaffirming what I have always believed, that practicing medicine is a golden opportunity to connect with people in a positive way, (and perhaps saving a few lives as well). And rest assured, there are many wonderful doctors out there working hard to provide the best of care to their patients.

Wishing each and every one of you the best of health and happiness.

Debbie Josephson, M.D.

Please refer to the transition letter below-


Dear Patients;

So, in dealing with this change I will do my best to accommodate my patients at this time of transition. A few points;
• Those of you already booked for appointments will have that appointment honored. If it is booked after April 1st , when we have to leave, I may be able to reschedule you earlier; if not then at my new temporary location. Please wait for the secretaries to be in touch about appointment changes.
• If you need to make a follow-up appointment with me for 2018, I will try to see as many of you as possible at Hillside until April 1st or if needed appointments will be booked at my new location.
• Under medicare we work on a registered patient basis. When you find a new doctor you will be required to sign with that doctor which automatically deregisters you from me. Thus your care is in the hands of the new physician and I will no longer be able to follow you.
• If you require any information in your chart, a short summary will be provided with a copy of your latest test results and any other significant information. There will be a nominal fee, usually of $20, to prepare a copy. Chart information can be scanned, faxed, or picked up as a paper copy (preferred method). Details will be on the website. For many of you your vaccination record and a list of any medications (which can also be produced by the pharmacist) are what’s most important. Remember that many of your blood test results and radiology reports are now available to another physician through the DSQ (dossier santé de Québec).

• We are required to keep an original medical file for 5-7 years. In future, information on the location of the medical files will be either on the website (hillsidefamilymed.ca) or registered with the College des Médecins du Québec
• I will provide an email address to contact me after the move. I ask that it be used judiciously, primarily to inform me if you need a copy of your chart.
• As I am still in the process of finding temporary space, please check our website regularly for important updates. The website will be kept going even after April 1st to keep you informed.
• I am working on a list of clinics/doctors who are taking new patients. This will be updated on the website. Many of you will also be able to find a family physician through family and friends.

I will be providing all this information and more on the website. As our secretaries will be very busy, please use the website as the initial point of information.

Lastly, I will be happy to hear from any of you re comments, questions or just a quick hello.

Thank you for your understanding. I wish you all a healthy and merry holiday.

Debbie Josephson, M.D.