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Transforming primary care in B.C.

  • About 16.9% of British Columbians report not having a primary care provider.
  • Only 44% of British Columbians are able to get same-day or next-day appointments with their primary care providers
  • The Ministry of Health has launched a transformational team-based primary care strategy that is intended to increase access and attachment to primary care in communities throughout the province. Team based primary care will be delivered using different models including:
    • Full-service family practices
    • Urgent and Primary care centres
    • Community health centres
    • First Nations primary care clinics
    • Nurse practitioner primary care clinics
  • All of these models will be connected with their local primary care networks to co-ordinate and leverage existing and new providers and services to better meet the needs of local citizens.
  • Primary care networks are intended to be locally planned and delivered through partnerships, including Divisions of Family Practice, health authorities, First Nations and other local community representatives.
  • Primary care networks mean that patients:
    • who do not have a regular primary care provider – a family doctor or nurse practitioner – will be able to get one;
    • will have an ongoing relationship with their primary care provider, which is important for their life-long health;
    • will get access to faster, more convenient care from their doctor or nurse practitioner and the care team;
    • will be provided and connected with a range of appropriate and accessible services and supports;
    • will be informed about all aspects of their care in community; and,
    • will know where to go to get the care they need, even on evenings and weekends.

New resources being allocated include:

(Numbers are estimates and will change as the networks grow)

Kootenay Boundary Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 15,250 patients to a primary care provider over the next three years and will include (approximately).

  • Three full-time equivalent (FTE) family physicians
  • Five FTE nurse practitioners
  • Five FTE registered nurses
  • Eight FTE social workers
  • Seven FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist
  • One FTE Indigenous health co-ordinator

East Kootenay Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 18,220 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years and will include (approximately):

  • 10 FTE family physicians
  • Two FTE nurse practitioners, including one FTE to provide Aboriginal health care
  • 15 FTE registered nurses, including two FTE to support extended hours in Cranbrook and Kimberley and one FTE to provide Aboriginal health care
  • Eight FTE social workers
  • 14 FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist
  • One FTE medical imaging
  • One FTE lab assistant
  • Three FTE Aboriginal health co-ordinators
  • Elders and community champions

Mission Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 10,080 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years.

Approximately:

  •  Six FTE family physicians
  • One FTE nurse practitioners
  • One FTE family physician group contract
  • Nine FTE allied health professionals:
    • One FTE social worker
    • One FTE dietitian
    • One FTE physiotherapist
    • Four FTE mental health counsellors
    • One FTE traditional healer
    • One FTE clinical pharmacist

Comox Valley Primary Care Network

  • Comox Valley central interprofessional health team
    • Approximately one FTE registered nurse, eight FTE allied health professionals and one FTE clinical pharmacist
  • Comox Valley Health Connections Clinic
    • Approximately one FTE nurse practitioner and 1.6 FTE registered nurses
  • Indigenous supports
    • Approximately one FTE Indigenous wellness liaison and one FTE Indigenous wellness advocate

Chilliwack North and South Primary Care Networks

The primary care networks will work to connect approximately 24,200 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years.

Approximately:

  • Five FTE general practitioners
  • Two FTE general practitioners group gontracts
  • 11 FTE nurse practitioners
  • 12 FTE registered nurses
  • 16 FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE spiritual wellness co-ordinator
  • Two clinical pharmacists

Fraser Health Rural Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 4,050 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years.

Approximately:

  • 0.5 FTE general practitioner
  • One FTE general practitioners group contracts
  • Three FTE nurse practitioners
  • 2.3 FTE registered nurses
  • Seven FTE allied health professionals
  • Two FTE traditional wellness mentor
  • One clinical pharmacist

White Rock-South Surrey Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 8,900 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years.

Approximately:

  • 17 FTE registered nurses
  • Seven FTE allied health professionals 
  • Two FTE mental health clinicians
  • One FTE primary care access clinic general practitioners (0.5 FTE each)
  • One FTE pharmacist

Cowichan Valley Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 16,750 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years.

Approximately:

  • Eight FTE family physicians
  • Five FTE nurse practitioners
  • Eight FTE registered nurses
  • 15 FTE allied health professionals 

Vancouver City Centre Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 25,250 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years.

Approximately:

  • 10 FTE family physicians
  • Nine FTE nurse practitioners
  • 7.5 FTE registered nurses

Vancouver Centre North Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 11,000 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • Five FTE family physicians
  • Four FTE nurse practitioners
  • One FTE registered nurse
  • Seven FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist

Vancouver Northeast Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 13,500 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • Six FTE family physicians
  • Four FTE nurse practitioners
  • Four FTE registered nurses
  • Seven FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist

Vancouver Westside Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 24,500 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • 12 FTE family physicians
  • Seven FTE nurse practitioners
  • Four FTE registered nurses
  • Seven FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist

Vancouver Midtown Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 16,250 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • Eight FTE family physicians
  • Five FTE nurse practitioners
  • Four FTE registered nurses
  • Seven FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist.

Vancouver South Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 19,750 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • Seven FTE family physicians
  • Seven FTE nurse practitioners
  • Eight FTE registered nurses

Saanich Peninsula Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect patients to a primary care provider, when appropriate. Approximately:

  • Four FTE family physicians
  • One FTE family physician group contract
  • Three FTE nurse practitioners
  • 13 FTE registered nurses
  • Six FTE allied health professionals
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist
  • 0.5 FTE cultural safety facilitator
  • One FTE Indigenous wellness support coach

Western Communities Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 36,475 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • 20 FTE family physicians
  • Seven FTE nurse practitioners
  • 13 FTE registered nurses
  • Seven FTE allied health providers
  • One FTE clinical pharmacist
  • One FTE Indigenous wellness support coach
  • 0.5 FTE cultural safety facilitator

Oceanside Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 11,950 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • Three FTE family physicians
  • Seven FTE nurse practitioners
  • Six FTE registered nurses
  • Nine FTE allied health professionals, including one FTE traditional knowledge keeper and one FTE mental health and substance use social worker in support of Indigenous health

Central Interior Rural Primary Care Network

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 6,900 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

  • One FTE general practitioner physician
  • Three FTE nurse practitioners
  • Six FTE registered nurses
  • 19 FTE allied health professionals:
    • Three FTE social workers
    • Three dietitians, including one FTE at Secwecpemc
    • Two FTE physiotherapists
    • Two FTE mental health clinicians
    • One FTE traditional wellness co-ordinator
    • One FTE clinical pharmacist
    • One FTE respiratory therapist
    • One FTE occupational therapist
    • One FTE allied health professional at Ulkatcho
    • Two FTE Aboriginal patient navigators
    • Two FTE primary care mental health counsellors

Central Okanagan Kelowna Primary Care Networks:

The primary care network will work to connect approximately 28,580 patients to a primary care provider over the next four years. Approximately:

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