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  • Kamloops Urgent Primary Care Centre welcomes first patient

    June 13, 2018

    Kamloops This Week​: The new Kamloops Urgent Primary Care Centre at Royal Inland Hospital welcomed its first patient through the doors at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Suneil Randhawa was greeted by the medical office assistants, saw a nurse, had an appointment with Dr Peter Loland and was referred for diagnostic testing. Read full story here >

  • Vernon med returns keep kids safe

    June 12, 2018

    Vernon Morning Star​: Those pain meds from an old injury, tablets from a vacation years ago and antibiotics you forgot to take could pose a serious risk to youth. Unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, whether expired or for personal use, are seeing growing abuse from adolescents looking for a “safe” alternative to street drugs. Read full story here >

  • Urgent primary care centre could be operational as early as next week

    June 08, 2018

    Kamloops This Week​:  Kamloops will be the first of 10 urgent primary care centres the province is developing across B.C. to open its doors, which could happen by the end of the month. “It’s going to be another primary care resource that will support the health and well-being of those in the Kamloops area,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix, who announced the opening at the facility located on the ground floor of the clinical-services building. Read full story >

  • Medimap draws award from BC doctors

    June 04, 2018

    The Free Press: Every summer many of the province’s top doctors gather in Vancouver to recognize the efforts of individuals, non-profits, and companies working to improve the health and safety of British Columbians. This year Doctors of BC, the organization that represents over 14,000 B.C. physicians, has recognized Medimap with its annual Excellence in Health Promotion Award — Corporate. Read the full story >

  • E-mentor program helps family physicians treat patients who have opioid use disorder

    May 31, 2018

    On the Island - CBCV-FM​: The fentanyl crisis continues to claim lives in B.C. and family physicians are being asked to take leading role in helping to treat patients who have opioid use disorder. Treatment guidelines recommend a drug known at Suboxone as the most effective option but many doctors have been reluctant to prescribe it because of the complexity of the treatment. A program launched by the division of Family Practice in Nanaimo is offering expertise and ongoing support for doctors who want to prescribe Suboxone for their patients.
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  • Make family practice more attractive

    May 29, 2018

    Times Colonist​: Re: “B.C. plan for urgent care centres unveiled,” May 25. BC health care has been starved for resources for decades. Operating rooms running at 50 per cent capacity in most hospitals due to lack of funding. (Hence long waits — there’s a surplus of orthopedic surgeons, it’s just that they aren’t allowed to operate as much as they could). Read full story >

  • Improved maternity care in the south Okanagan

    May 29, 2018

    Global News​: Expectant mothers in the south Okanagan are being informed of enhanced healthcare options during pregnancy, birth and newborn care. The South Okanagan Maternity Centre, located on the second floor of the Penticton Regional Hospital is now staffed by four family physicians in addition to one midwife. Read the full story >

  • New investments in primary care a healthy start

    May 29, 2018

    North Shore News​: As befits a guy who has the most money to spend in government, Health Minister Adrian Dix has been a busy fellow these past few months. In fact, it can be argued Dix is pushing what may be considered the biggest set of reforms to our public health system that have been seen in years. Read full story >

  • New strategy unveiled to recruit and retain more graduates in family medicine

    May 27, 2018

    Voiceonline.com​: Resident medical graduates and graduating nurse practitioners will be offered positions in the new primary care networks, announced Health Minister Adrian Dix announced on Sunday. “To address the gap in primary care, we are recruiting 200 nurse practitioners and 200 family doctors, including new graduates and residents of family medicine,” Dix said. “Through implementing team-based practices, we’re making sure new doctors are supported to focus on diagnostic medicine and developing strong relationships with their patients, and receive a good salary while they are also paying down their student debt. This kind of support can encourage more residents educated and trained in B.C. to stay and serve in the province’s primary-care system.” Read full story >

  • BC to spend $181M to create 200 general practitioner jobs

    May 27, 2018

    Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News​: The province will spend $181 million to recruit 200 medical resident grads into general practitioner jobs over three years, Health Minister Adrian announced in Vancouver Sunday. The newly-graduated students will be offered jobs in the team-based approach announced by Dix Thursday, and will work hand-in-hand with the 200 nurse practitioner jobs announced Wednesday. Read full story >

  • BC government unveils plans for urgent primary care centres

    May 24, 2018

    Vancouver Sun: Premier John Horgan's government will create new "urgent primary care centres" across the province, and hire more doctors, in an attempt to redirect sick British Columbians who don't have family physicians from long waits at hospital emergency rooms. Read full story >

  • BC unveils plans for 'renewed' primary health-care system

    May 24, 2018

    CBC News: The NDP government's promised urgent primary care centres that offer health care on evenings and weekends will become a reality within the next three years, according to the health ministry. The health care centres are part of the BC government's "renewed system" for primary health care, unveiled Thursday morning. Read full story >

  • BC NDP creating Primary Care Networks to help British Columbians access healthcare

    May 24, 2018

    Global News​: The British Columbia government wants to make the increasingly difficult job of finding a family doctor easier for the province’s residents by boosting access to primary care. Read full story >

  • BC embarks on health renewal plan that includes 200 new doctors and team care

    May 24, 2018

    Times Colonist: British Columbia says it's taking a team approach to connect more people to health services in a province where 780,000 people are without a family doctor. The New Democrat government announced a three-year plan Thursday aimed at delivering faster and improved access to health care by offering patients expanded hours of access and more services from medical practitioners. Read full story >

  • BC government’s primary health-care strategy focuses on faster, team-based care

    May 24, 2018

    Ministry of Health News Release: The BC government is launching a new primary health-care strategy to deliver faster and improved access to health care for British Columbians in all parts of the province, Premier John Horgan has announced. At the heart of the strategy is a new focus on team-based care that will see government fund and recruit more doctors, nurse practitioners and other health professionals, to put patients back at the centre of health-care delivery. Read full story >

  • Local Doctor Among Recipients Of BCCFP Awards

    May 16, 2018

    CKPG Today: The BC College of Family Physicians (BCCFP) is recognizing family doctors for their work across the province, in honour of BC Family Doctor Day on May 19th. Local physician, Dr. Terri Aldred was among the recipients and she received the First Five Years of Practice Award. The award goes to a physician practising in Prince George. She is the Medical Director for the Prince George Foundry Clinic along with the Site Director for the Indigenous Family Medicine Program and family physician for Carrier Sekani Family Services. Read the full story >

  • Naloxone training saves lives

    May 12, 2018

    Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News: Naloxone, also known as Narcan, has become a household name in British Columbia over the past two years. The rise in fentanyl and carfentanyl overdoses has brought this tragic crisis to the forefront of the media. On the coast, many of us likely thought we would be spared, but it has reached our streets and homes, too. Naloxone can restore breathing during an opioid overdose and reduce deaths, brain damage, and other harm due to oxygen deprivation during an overdose. Read the full story >

  • Dr Richard Moody a pillar of Fort St. John

    May 07, 2018

    The Kelowna Daily Courier: As we all know, finding a family doctor in Northern BC can be extremely difficult. Harder still is finding a family doctor as loved and respected as Fort St. John’s Dr Richard Moody. That's why the announcement by the Fort St. John Family Practice Associates Clinic that Dr Moody will be retiring as of July 1 was met with such mixed emotions by those who know him and by those who are cared for by him in the region. Read the full story >

  • BC youth develop life-saving app to assist in overdose emergencies

    May 01, 2018

    Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News​: A potentially life-saving app has been created by a group of Chilliwack teens, with the help of Fraser Health and BC Paramedics. OD Hero, available now for Android devices only, can walk anyone through an overdose situation or alcohol poisoning, even if they’re not in WiFi range. The app has been in development for more than a year, through a now-unfunded program called VOYCE Youth. Read full story >

  • Doors open on new mental health wellness clinic in downtown Kelowna

    April 27, 2018

    Kelowna Now​: Kelowna’s latest medical clinic is a little bit different. Patients who experience mental health challenges will be able to see a team of specifically trained clinicians at the new Cedar Sage Health and Wellness clinic. Read the full story>

  • Walk your way to change

    April 24, 2018

    Burnaby Now​: Be an agent of positive change in your own health by joining us in a celebration of walking in our community and becoming more active. It’s not too late to join Burnaby and New Westminster’s Walk30 Challenge. From now until May 11, walk on your own or with a team, track the total number of minutes you walk each day and log them online. Register by April 28. On Saturday, May 12, come to our Walking Festival at Edmonds Community Centre from 10 a.m. to noon. Read the full story>

  • Pilot project at LDH a model for rural health care

    April 04, 2018

    Bridge River Lillooet News: The reviews are in and patients from rural communities in the southern interior are full of praise for an innovative new program created at Lillooet District Hospital. Since the Virtual Perioperative Clinic was established at LDH in August 2017, patients from Lytton, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, Savona and even Kamloops have used tele-conferencing for appointments with their care team at Lillooet’s hospital. Read the full story > >

  • Surgery patients can visit Ashcroft Hospital to consult with surgical team in Lillooet

    April 03, 2018

    Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal​: Since August 2017, Interior Health has been using technology at the Ashcroft Hospital to make things easier for area patients undergoing elective daycare procedures at Lillooet Hospital, leading to decreased travel time and more convenience. The virtual perioperative clinic in Lillooet is one of 12 around the province, and allows patients in other regional communities to find out details about their surgery and meet with team members while cutting down on the amount of time spent travelling to appointments. Read the full story >

  • Central Okanagan testing solution to ease BC doctor shortage

    March 29, 2018

    Global News​: Some relief may be on the way for BC residents without a family doctor thanks to a new program involving nurses. Finding a family doctor in the Okanagan and around BC can be very challenging. According to the Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice (CODFP), 20 per cent of Okanagan residents do not have a family physician. Recently the Central Okanagan became a testing ground for a new program funded by the Ministry of Health that involves nurses working in doctor’s offices. Read the full story >

  • Kelowna family doctor retires after nearly 50 years

    March 29, 2018

    Kelowna Daily Courier​: A longtime Kelowna doctor hung up his hat Thursday after almost 50 years of caring for patients in the community, with no one to take over his practice. Dr. Alan Broome, 75, graduated medical school in 1969 in Vancouver and came to Kelowna following a one-year residency in Victoria. Broome said he pursued family medicine because he loved “all aspects of medicine.” Read the full story >

  • Mini Med coming to Hope, Agassiz this spring

    March 27, 2018

    Hope Standard​: Agassiz and Hope will soon have access to Mini Medical School, an annual community education initiative run by the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice. Every Tuesday in April, local health care professionals will give presentations to the community on topics identified as important by patients and local doctors. Read the full story >

  • Powell River physicians welcome provincial surgery plan

    March 26, 2018

    Powell River Peak​: Doctors in Powell River are welcoming the provincial government’s new strategy to cut down on wait times for hip and knee replacement surgery. “Hip and knee surgeries affect many patients in Powell River who are waiting for these services in hospitals outside of Powell River,” said Powell River Division of Family Practice physician lead Bruce Hobson. “The surgeries are not done in Powell River because there are no orthopedic surgeons operating out of our operating rooms.” Read the full story >

  • Progress made on Delta doctor shortage

    March 13, 2018

    The Delta Optimist​: Steady progress is taking place behind the scenes trying to hook more Deltans up with a family doctor. The Delta Division of Family Practice has been recruiting to fill a growing shortage of family physicians, due to many retiring or near retirement, which has been a great concern for South Deltans as well as practically every other community in the province. Read the full story >

  • Cervical cancer screening can save women’s lives

    March 05, 2018

    The Abbotsford News​: Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in Canadian women ages 20 to 44. To help raise awareness of the simple, life-saving screening available for free, the Abbotsford Division of Family Practice, a non-profit supporting doctors and the health projects and programs they lead, launched a project with community partners to increase cervical cancer screening in Abbotsford. Read the full story >

  • Q&A: BC Minister of Health on family doctors, senior homes and pharmacare

    March 02, 2018

    CBC News​: Provincial and federal budgets released in the last 10 days contain several health-related changes, from the elimination of medical services plan premiums to discussion of a national plan for prescription drug coverage. The provincial Minister of Health Adrian Dix sat down with Stephen Quinn, host of CBC's The Early Edition, to discuss what British Columbians can expect. Read the full story >

  • One step forward, one step back, in attempts to draw doctors to Maple Ridge

    March 02, 2018

    Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows News​: When a family doctor retires, the odds of finding another in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are not good. “The public doesn’t grasp what’s going on until their doctor retires,” said Coun. Bob Masse, who was at a Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice meeting last week when the issue was discussed. Maple Ridge has struggled with a doctor shortage for years, leaving families without a regular physician. They even have difficulty seeing a doctor at a walk-in clinic as those offices cut hours because of physician shortages. Read the full story >

  • Doctor shortage puts pressure on Okanagan walk-in clinics

    March 01, 2018

    Global News​: Waits of two to three hours have become all too familiar at Okanagan walk-in clinics but fears are growing the situation will get worse before it gets better. “We are definitely short of family doctors, there’s no question and it’s going to get worse over the next few years,” Dr Michael Koss, leading physician with the Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice, said. Read the full story >

  • Changing the picture of family medical care

    February 25, 2018

    Salmon Arm Observer​: According to Health Match BC, a provincially funded job site for healthcare professionals, there are five practices in Penticton looking for a new physician, three in Summerland and one each in Princeton, Oliver and Osoyoos. “We’re holding our own, but we could use a few more. There are recruitment efforts happening all of the time,” said Tracy St. Claire, executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice, which is responsible for recruitment efforts. Read the full story >

  • New medical clinic to open at Royal Inland Hospital

    February 21, 2018

    Kamloops this Week​: A new medical clinic should open at Royal Inland Hospital in the spring. It will provide some relief for an overworked emergency room and medical care for people who don’t have a doctor. The urgent family-care and learning centre will be operated in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine program at RIH and Thompson Region Division of Family Practice. Plans are to run it daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Read the full story >

  • What Nova Scotia can learn from a BC community's red carpet recruitment efforts

    February 21, 2018

    CBC News​: Ask people in British Columbia to describe the province's doctor shortage, and they'll use words like "desperate," "urgent," and "a crisis." So it may come as a surprise to those who live out west that Nova Scotia health leaders are looking to BC for recruitment ideas. That's because recruiters in BC have managed to do something Nova Scotia has not: increase the number of doctors in the province. Read the full story  >

  • Lower Mainland clinic forced to close after reaching daily patient limit

    February 20, 2018

    Agassiz-Harrison Observer​: A Lower Mainland walk-in clinic has had to limit hours of operation and close early due to a shortage of doctors and increase in patients. Cottonwood Medical Clinic in Maple Ridge was closed on Monday, after already experiencing long lineups earlier this month, with 10 to 15 people waiting at the door for it to open. Three-hour waits to see a doctor have been common. Read the full story  >

  • Mini Med School is back in Chilliwack starting in March

    February 15, 2018

    The Chilliwack Progress​: Here come the free medical info sessions in Chilliwack set to run on consecutive Tuesday nights in March. Organizers say there will be shorter lecture-type sessions this year, followed by an exciting one-hour Q&A with a four-person panel. As usual the Mini Med School, presented by Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, offers the rare chance to hear from and chat with local doctors and other health professionals on key medical topics. Read the full story  >

  • A team model blossoms in the East Kootenay

    February 08, 2018

    Cranbrook Daily Townsman​: When Katie Grady was first diagnosed with anorexia five years ago, when she was 14, the treatment for eating disorders in East Kootenays was uncoordinated and tough to navigate. Now, all that has changed. Over the last 2.5 years local providers have come together to create a team-based model of eating disorders (ED) care. The simple but effective model — designed by local providers and implemented by them — is helping young patients from all the communities in the East Kootenays (EK) to receive top-notch, coordinated and integrated care. Read the full story >

  • Recruiters say 20 more doctors needed in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows

    February 08, 2018

    Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows News​: Patients are facing waits of more than three hours to see a doctor at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic. When staff arrive in the morning, there are already 10-15 people lined up. Some days there are disputes. On Saturday, a woman who lined up at the door was told by another who had been waiting in a car that she was first in line, because she got there first. Read the full story >

  • Deal ‘close’ to build Trellis facility on Shíshálh Nation land, says Dix

    February 07, 2018

    Coast Reporter​: First it was going to be Sechelt, then Gibsons – now it looks like the Trellis long-term care facility for the Sunshine Coast will be located on shíshálh Nation lands. “We’re confirming that we’ve moved close to an agreement,” Health Minister Adrian Dix told Coast Reporter late Wednesday. Read the full story >

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