Message from Dr. Sharmeen Mazaheri MD to her Patients
Dear Patients, I will be closing my general practice (excluding gender affirming care for youth and adults) at Crown Isle Clinic on March 1, 2020. I have made this difficult decision for personal health reasons and in order to better meet the needs of my family.
Dr James Ingrey, also at Crown Isle Clinic, will be assuming care of all my regular practice patients on March 1, 2020. I will continue to work as a drop-in physician for the Crown Isle Clinic and on occasion as a locum for Dr Ingrey.
Please note: I will continue to provide regular and consultation-based gender affirming care for all transgender and gender diverse youth and adults. This includes access to hormone and surgical assessments, ongoing hormone management, and assessment for puberty blockers. My hope will be to expand my transgender care telehealth hours as well for patients from out of town who access my care in this way.
Sincerely, Sharmeen Mazaheri MD CCFP
Be Active Every Day (BAED)
It’s October and the Doctors of BC’s annual children’s health challenge Be Active Every Day (BAED) is back. The challenge seeks to get kids aged 5-11 active and playing for at least 60 minutes every day.
Across the province, between October 7 and November 1, 2019, physicians are talking to students in their neighbourhood elementary schools and encouraging them to turn health choices into health habits. The Be Active Every Day theme of “Let’s Play” encourages over 6,000 kids to play games as a fun way to be more active. To help them succeed, kids receive booklets to help them track their activity and discover fun ways to keep active and healthy.
This year, the Comox Valley physicians are leading the charge with 12 physicians and 12 schools participating to challenge over 1,400 children. We have also upped the ante with the Division partnering with the Comox Bike Company to provide the children with a chance to win a mountain bike, 1 of 3 scooters or 1 of 8 helmets!
NEW! Resources for Women and Families
... with mental health and/or substance use challenges in pregnancy and with babies up to 2 years of age. Available in our Resource Section or download the document HERE.
Resources include support for Aboriginal/Indigenous families, abuse and violence, anxiety and depression, parenting, housing, feeding, substance use, and may more subjects.
UPDATE! Northern Gulf Island - Gold River MHSU Shared Care Project
The Northern Gulf Islands - Gold River MHSU Shared Care project was initiated in 2017 with a goal of re-aligning delivery of rural MHSU care in partnership between the Campbell River, Comox Valley, and Rural & Remote Divisions of Family Practice.
As one part of this project, a team of clinicians piloted a shared MHSU care model using telehealth in Gold River and Tahsis whereby a patient was able to have a psychiatric consultation with a psychiatrist, MHSU clinician, and family physician. This technology-enabled wrap-around care enables the patient see a team working together for their health, better supports team members who might be working in isolation, and provides professional development opportunity for the team. Check out these videos for more information:
Video #1 - Project Highlights - Relationships and Capacity Building
Video #2 - Implementing the Model of Care
Enhancing Perinatal Care in the Comox Valley
Through Shared Care’s Partners in Care initiative, the Comox Valley Division is collaborating with Perinatal Services BC on an extensive project to assess maternity care needs in our area and has created solutions to address some of the gaps.
Read the latest edition of the Shared Care in the Comox Valley Newsletter. We encourage you to share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested in the work we are doing.
Please contact me with any questions or comments:
DO THINK YOU ARE PREGNANT? Visit the Comox Valley Maternity Care Pathway to find out what steps you should take next »
If you are a physician looking for a permanent practice:
- Review the current list of opportunities
- EMAIL the our Recruitment Coordinator and discuss your particular career path
- Visit www.islanddocs.ca to learn about opportunities throughout VI. Eight VIDivisions and IH partnered to provide a portal whereby family physicians can connect with community information, job opportunities, and Recruitment Coordinators across the island.
If you are a physician looking for locum opportunities:
- Review the current list of opportunities
- EMAIL the our Recruitment Coordinator to be placed on the Physicians Seeking Locums list - sent out monthly - and to discuss your availability and scheduling needs.
Find out more about living, working, and playing in this diverse community and EMAIL our Recruitment Coordinator for more information.
Physician Practices Accepting New Patients:
Dr. Adewale Ganiyu, Southwood Medical Clinic
Address: 1700-2751 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
Phone: 250-334-2212 | Fax: 250-334-2213 | southwoodmedical.ca
Dr. Stephen Fox, Ginger Goodwin Medical Clinic
Address: Unit 19, 1599 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
Phone: 250-871-3626 | Fax: 778-647-2003 | NOTE: Will be relocating to Cumberland early 2020
Dr. John Law, Courtenay Medical Clinic
Address: 788 Grant Ave, Courtenay
Phone: 250-334-2445 | Fax: 250-334-2642
For a full list of family practice and walk-in clinics in the Comox Valley, visit Our Clinics.
All Division websites have been moved to a new platform. Please contact either Lyndsey Jennings (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Judy Darby (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.