Together, the members work to improve patient access to local primary care, increase local physicians’ influence on health care delivery and policy, and provide professional support for physicians.
In the News
BC Medical Journal Features Fraser Northwest Nurse Debbie Initiative
"Family doctors with the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice identified a need for more support and services for frail elderly patients, many of whom were presenting in the emergency room with issues that could have been managed at home. The division hired a nurse—Nurse Debbie—to support family doctors in caring for these homebound frail elderly patients" - BC Medical Journal
Fraser Northwest Primary Care Network Impacts
The program is already having a profound impact on patient care. One counsellor reported that a patient felt so good after their initial session that she requested “spreading out sessions to work on techniques she had just learned for coping.”
Pathways Community Services website launches for New Westminster & Tri-cities
Pathways is an online database that provides resources for patients and families regarding health and community services. Some of these include: Mental heath, low-cost and free counselling, child and youth services, parenting resources, victim services, seniors services, and so much more.
Coquitlam physician Dr. Kathleen Ross takes over as president of Doctors of BC
"Among one of the more innovative efforts she will be keeping an eye on is the establishment of new primary care networks that will link patients with services, including mental health and addictions, elder and pregnancy care." - Tri-City News
"Dr. Elizabeth Payne, who in her spare time loves to ski and kayak, is receiving the BC Family Doctor Award by the BC College of Family Physicians. She lives in Anmore but practices in Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Recently, she retired after 40 years but still fills in at her former practice." - Tri-City News
“The primary-care network is our chance to work together to organize an often confusing primary-care system and create a more viable environment for family physicians to practise. We see primary-care networks as a means to achieve the shared goal of divisions and our partners: for everyone in the community to have access to primary care.” - Dr. Paras Mehta, Co-Chair