South Island




The South Island Division of Family Practice (SIDFP) represents Family Physicians from the Saanich Peninsula communities of Central Saanich, Sidney and North Saanich, and the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, and Sooke. We are a membership based non-for-profit society.

Divisions of Family Practice is an initiative of the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), a collaboration between Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. The purpose of the Division is to provide a unique, collaborative, and innovative approach to patient care through a tripartite relationship between the Division, the Ministry, and Island Health. All local practicing Family Physicians and Medical Residents are welcome to become Division members. 

The goal of the SIDFP is to provide ongoing professional support for Family Physicians, and the best health care possible for residents of the South Island region.

Together, South Island Division members are working to improve patient access to local primary care, increase local physicians' influence on health care delivery and policy, and create a community for family physicians. A collaborative and innovative approach to health care will strengthen family practice and patient care in South Island communities.

COVID-19 updates from Island Health 

The latest consolidated COVID-19 information and resources for healthcare professionals can now be found on the public Island Health coronavirus updates website.  This public site does not require you to sign in to an Island Health account.


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Supporting Patients in our Communities

To support patients and clinics alike while we all navigate through retirements, clinic closures and other roadblocks, a great patient handout has been developed.

Please feel free to distribute this to your patients.

Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) Payment

The GPSC is introducing the CLFP Payment: a new annual, ongoing payment for fee-for-service family physicians in BC.  The payment recognizes the long-term, relationship-based care family physicians provide to their patients. The first payment (for 2019) will be remitted in January 2020 by MSP Teleplan, for those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Please see here for more details.


NPs in Primary Care

Natasha Prodan-Bhalla, Executive Director, Nurse Practitioners & Primary Health Care with the Ministry of Health, provided a high level overview of the role of NPs in Primary Care via webinar; and Dr Blair Stanley (GP) and Lori Verigin (NP) also spoke about their experiences practicing together.  If you are interested in listening to this webinar recording, it can be found here.


From the Ministry of Health, two Q&As below:

Q&A for the 200 GP and NP contracts.

Q&A related to nursing and allied health providers being deployed, via team based care, into primary care.

Video: Become a Member >

Your physicians colleagues discuss their experiences as South Island Division members and the benefits Division membership. As an organization that supports you, the family physician, the Division encourages a sense of community among physicians, provides a collective voice for physicians, supports continuing education by hosting educational courses, and facilitates knowledge and skills sharing around office efficiencies.

Video: Life on the South Island >

The South Island boasts a spectacular natural beauty combined with all the suburban amenities you need. With outdoor activities accessible year round, the South Island is a fantastic place to live. The area also offers unique professional opportunities, including rural and suburban practices, attending privileges at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, access to large tertiary hospitals, and a diverse patient population