Michele Babchuk, MLA North Island speaks in the Legislature Assembly of BC
Michele Babchuk, MLA North Island spoke in the legislature today (March 10, 2021) and acknowledged the Campbell River & District Division of Family Practice and the Campbell River Medical Staff Engagement Initiative Society on our first ever Spirit Awards. Awards that honoured our local physicians and community heroes supporting health care in our area. Thank you Michele!
Watch Video here: MLA Babchuk's 2-Minute Statement in the Legislature - YouTube
The Doctors are In - yesterday.today.tomorrow
Your family doctor has safe ways to maintain your healthcare through the Covid-19 pandemic and onwards.
Most concerns can be addressed through phone and/ or virtually, and in-office appointments when needed.
Call your clinic today to ask what options are available. Click Here to see poster
Physician Wellness Resources are listed under the Physician Wellness tab.
Strathcona Community Health Network Celebrates the end of 2020!
The Strathcona Community Health Network aims to improve the health, wellness and equity of communities and territories of the Ligwilda’xw, Nuu Chah Nulth, and Coast Salish within the Strathcona region by facilitating collaborative action on root causes before people get sick. The SCHN saw a lot of change this year as Erica Benson joined in early April as the coordinator, responded and assisted in the COVID-19 regional response and worked together with regional partners to move forward together. These past 9 months have flown by and we welcome Libby King back into the coordinator role in 2021!
read on for highlights, resources and opportunities.
Information on where patients can go for their flu vaccines (other than their family physicians) can be found on the ImmunizeBC
Visit Public Health Flu Clinics for information on flu vaccines and their online booking process.
Primary Care and Addictions Outreach Team
As part of the response to COVID-19 an outreach team has been working to help address care gaps for vulnerable and unsheltered people in Campbell River in the context of the current pandemic. Funding for this work has been extended to the end of March 2021. The team has been following a set schedule to provide outreach to various locations in Campbell River in collaboration with the MOUHSS (Mobile Outreach Unit for Health and Support Services). The MOUHSS (“Moose”) is a project created by the Kwakiutl District Council (KDC) and supported by the Division of Family Practice as well as other local sponsors. Services on board the mobile unit at present include social work, counselling, nursing (primary care nursing and connection to positive wellness), GP for urgent primary care (including COVID screening and swabbing) and addiction treatment.
For more information, including a copy of the schedule, please click here.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
For the most current information; orders and directions from BC's Provincial Health Officer (PHO) - click here.
To determine whether you require a COVID-19 test, use the bc.thrive.health self-assessment tool. People with symptoms can call 1-844-901-8442 and expect to hear back from an Island Health representative within hours to schedule a test. Please have your personal health number (or your child’s) available when booking a test and when arriving at the collection site. For information about self-isolation before and after testing, please visit: www.islandhealth.ca/isolation.
Mouth rinse-and-gargle tests are now available for both children (aged 4+) and adults. Read the instructions for adults to learn what to expect. It is recommended that children being tested watch a video in advance to understand and practice the gargle test process. Find more information on symptoms and testing information, visit: www.islandhealth.ca/covid19testing.
Appointments are required for Testing. Testing site is now located at: 1358 Marwalk Street, Campbell River (9:00 am to 3:50pm - Monday to Sunday)
Reminder to the public to keep updated with medically sound information from Island Health
WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Your family physicians, nurse practitioners and walk-in clinics are available to provide care to patients by using telephone or video during the COVID-19 pandemic but many are also providing in-person appointments or will refer you to a clinic that does.
If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID19 – please PHONE ahead to your family doctor or a walk-in clinic and they will take your information and advise of next steps. Most clinics are not equipped to perform the testing for COVID19 and that is why alternate testing sites are being set up. When you call your clinic, you will be given clear direction for next steps should you require testing.
For Campbell River Walk-In Clinics and hours of operation - Click Here.
The emergency department is NOT the place to go for testing.
As a citizen, please help by following the guidelines around hand washing and social distancing and the additional precautions should you have symptoms or have recently travelled outside of Canada.
Watch this Public Service Announcement - April 2020 COVID-19 Vancouver Island Doctor
IN THE NEWS:
Doctors Urge Everyone to do Their Part - Campbell River Mirror, 13May2020
Ear Savers - 100 ear savers made locally and donated to Campbell River's family practice clinics
Non-COVID-19 Health Issues should not be overlooked, says Campbell River Division of Family Practice (Campbell River Mirror - April 17, 2020)
March 21, 2020 Press Release - From the Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice COVID 19 – Updates and Actions
For additional information please refer to:
- Have questions? Call the national coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool - https://covid19.thrive.health/
This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
- The BC College of Family Physicians has compiled COVID-19 information links for health care professionals and patients. This page is reviewed and updated regularly by the College - click HERE to view their information.
- BC Pharmacy Update - https://www.bcpharmacists.org/covid19#public
If you are feeling unwell and require medications, please do not visit your pharmacy. Instead, call your pharmacy and they will arrange to safely provide you any medications you may need. You do not need to stockpile medications.
- BC Center of Disease Control - http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
- CMA Update: Information for physicians and the public on the coronavirus - click here
- Government of Canada - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- Risk-informed decision-making for Mass Gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html
- Patient Resources offered through Island Health - https://medicalstaff.islandhealth.ca/patient-resources
New VIDEO helps guide patients through a virtual care visit - a three-minute video to help guide patients through the virtual appointment experience. Physicians and their teams can share this video to help their patients understand what to expect from a virtual care visit.
- Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression - Information on how we, as individuals and collectively, can to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times.
- MHSU - Managing Anxiety and Stress in Families with Children and Youth During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- BC211 - NEW Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program - A program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. http://www.bc211.ca/
- First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 Up-to-Date Information
- First Nations Health Authority distributed an FAQ Guide to COVID-19 link here
- First Nations Health Authority sent out a letter from their leadership covering Safety and Returning Members link here
- First Nations Health Authority created guidelines for Mass Gatherings link here
- If you are a First Nations Community Healthcare Provider, you may find this information helpful: https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/coronavirus
- FNHA also has information to help First Nations Communities Prepare for COVID-19 cases: https://www.fnha.ca/AboutSite/NewsAndEventsSite/NewsSite/Documents/FNHA-Coronavirus-Info-Important-Steps-for-Communities-to-Take.pdf
- FNHA News Bulletin with important information
Overdose Emergency Response:
- BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19: Harm Reduction and Overdose Response
- Toward the Heart: Overdose in the Context of COVID-19 Outbreak: Droplet Precautions
- BC Centre of Substance Use: COVID-19: Information for Opioid Agonist Treatment Prescribers and Pharmacists.
- BC Provincial Health Officer letter to all social sector stakeholders
- BC Housing: COVID-19 Update
Multi-division partnership means optimal care for mental health and substance use patients in Northern Gulf Island rural communities
Improving access to mental health services is a top priority for divisions across BC, but many divisions experience logistical challenges in achieving this goal—particularly rural and remote communities. See more...
Community Health and Social Services Fair
The Campbell River & District Division of Family Practice hosted the Community Health and Social Services Fair on Thursday, June 6. The following video was created from those who attended and visited the video station. Watch Video HERE
Choose the RIGHT CARE at the RIGHT PLACE
The attached poster outlines to patients on how to Use Your Emergency Department wisely.
Primary Care Network / Patient's Medical Home
Primary Care Network (PCN) Implementation Guide and Toolkit - Resources
Patient's Medical Home - Implementation Kit. The Kit contains some simple steps that help support family physicians and their teams in providing coordinated, comprehensive and accessible care to their patients. It also contains a wealth of websites and online publications. Download your copy of the Implementation Toolkit
New Feature on Pathways
Pathways has launched a new feature called Pathways Community Services. This new section features a number of resource areas, with special focus given to addictions, mental health, and seniors services. These resources can help provide support for patients that complement or even reduce the need for other treatment options.
To watch the video and get an overview of the new feature and how to access it, click here.
For more information, please contact the Pathways provincial office.
Welcome to the Campbell River & District Division of Family Practice
The Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice (the Division) represents family physicians in the communities of Campbell River, Oyster River, Quadra Island, Cortes Island, Sayward, and Gold River.
The Division gives area physicians an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Health Authority, the GPSC, the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC to identify health care needs in the local area and develop solutions to meet those needs.
An engaged network of family physicians driving quality primary care reflective of our community.
To foster physician well-being and engagement, to increase local influence and build partnerships in the delivery of patient care.