Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice

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Cowichan, We Are Better Than This.
January 11, 2021

An Open Letter to all residents of the Cowichan Valley region from the Board Chairs of the Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice, Executive Committee of Cowichan District Medical Society, First Nations Health Authority, and Island Health's Cowichan Valley leadership addressing the reports of Indigenous-specific racism in our community following the recent announcement of a Shelter in Place Order by Cowichan Tribes leadership.
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Right Care Right Place Right Time
June 27, 2020

Unsure of where to do if you are sick or hurt? The Cowichan Division of Family Practie in collaboration with the Cowichan District Medical Society and Island Health have put together a resource to support you in choosing the best care, place and time for your illness or injuries.  Read more >


Your Doctor Is In
May 6, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, local family physicians have adjusted their practices in ways that will allow them to continue to safely and effectively care for their patients, whether in person or virtually.  Physical spaces and check-in processes have been modified to ensure appropriate social-distancing and safe interactions so we can continue to flatten the curve on this pandemic. Read the full press release >


COVID Press Release: From the Physicians of Cowichan
March 20, 2020

We know that you in the community are quite rightly concerned and anxious about COVID-19.
Cowichan physicians have organized themselves to respond to the situation as it evolves and to provide you with timely and accurate information regarding the novel COVID-19 pandemic currently upon our doorstep. Our goal is to provide information and direction so you may understand your own responsibilities as a member of our community and the greater population during this worldwide outbreak. The Province’s team of public health specialists, the Medical Health Officers are working hard to support family physicians to have the information that is needed to respond to this pandemic. 

We want to send out a clear message to you about how local Family Doctor healthcare is changing and explain how you can help our community fare as best it can through what will be a difficult time.  Read the full press release >


News release: A GP for Me a success in Cowichan; new referral line introduced for patients
June 08, 2015

Cowichan GP Referral Line 1-866-460-3649
Duncan, BC — Any Cowichan area resident who is looking for a family doctor can now be matched with one as a result of the successful implementation of the A GP for Me initiative. Since 2011, over four thousand patients in the Cowichan area have found a doctor, and going forward, any resident can call the GP Referral Line at 1-866-460-3649 to be connected to a doctor accepting patients.


GP for Me Doctor Program Developed in Cowichan
March 01, 2013

Cowichan News Leader PictorialA Cowichan pilot program making big strides in attaching patients to family doctors was so successful it is being taken province-wide. As part of the GP for Me program, a plan announced last week to meet the lofty goal of finding a family doctor for everyone in B.C. by 2015, the B.C. government revealed the Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice as one of its three prototypes. Cowichan Valley Division Chair Dr. Tom Rimmer spoke to the Cowichan News Leader about the success of the initiative in the area.


BC Program "A GP for Me" Based on Pilot in Cowichan
February 25, 2013

HQ Cowichan Valley: If you live in the Cowichan Valley and are still looking for a family doctor, the search may become easier. The provincial government has announced a new program called "A GP for Me", meant to connect everyone in B.C. with a family doctor by 2015. The ambitious project is based on findings from three pilots including one in the Cowichan Valley that started three years ago.


Dr. Tom Rimmer on CBC Radio On the Island
February 25, 2013

CBC Radio On the Island: Cowichan Valley Division Chair, Dr. Tom Rimmer, speaks to CBC Radio about the success of the A GP for Me initiative in the Cowichan Valley.