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Oceanside Primary Care Network

Across BC, Ministry of Health, Divisions of Family Practice, health authorities, First Nations, Métis Nations, and community partners are working together to implement Primary Care Networks. 

 

WHAT IS A PRIMARY CARE NETWORK? 

A Primary Care Network (PCN) is a geographic area where family physicians and nurse practitioners, nursing and allied health providers, and health and community organizations work together to plan and deliver primary care services. 

 

WHAT AREA DOES THE OCEANSIDE PRIMARY CARE NETWORK SERVE? 

PCNs operate in defined geographical boundaries. The Oceanside PCN serves patients and populations across Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Errington, Coombs, Bowser, Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, Qualicum First Nation, and Mid Island Métis Nation. 

 

WHO IS A PART OF THE OCEANSIDE PRIMARY CARE NETWORK? 
 
There are 5 primary care clinics (also known as Patient Medical Homes (PMH)) with 14 family physician and nurse practitioners participating in the Oceanside PCN. 

Oceanside PCN primary care providers collaborate with patients, healthcare providers, Indigenous groups, and community services to design and provide comprehensive, patient-centered, culturally informed healthcare. 

PCN PMHs enhance patient care using a team-based approach. 

Together, they: 

  • Support each other and work to their strengths. 

  • Further link patients to other parts of the system, including health authority specialized community programs for vulnerable patient groups  

  • Collectively increase a community’s capacity to provide greater access to primary care. 

 

WHAT SERVICES DOES THE PRIMARY CARE NETWORK PROVIDE? 

The Oceanside PCN was designed to adapt and respond to the specific needs in the community and to strengthen services identified as high priority. 

The Ministry of Health announced the Oceanside PCN in September 2020 and is in year four of a four-year implementation plan to recruit 23 additional full-time health-care providers. 

These providers include: 

  • Family Doctors 

  • Nurse Practitioners 

  • Registered Nurses 

  • Social Workers 

  • Clinical Pharmacists 

  • First Nations Wellness Advocates 

 

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER? 

If you live in the Oceanside catchment area, please self-register on HealthLink BC’s Oceanside Health Connect Registry waitlist. 

 

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE OCEANSIDE PCN? 

Please contact PCNadmin@cidivisions.ca with any questions.