September 4, 2018 | The province’s first urgent primary care centre is expanding with the opening of a Family Practice Learning Centre, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
“This is another step in how we are improving access to primary health care in the Thompson Okanagan region immediately, and over the longer term,” said Dix. “The Family Practice Learning Centre (FPLC) is a first of it kind initiative that pairs people without a primary care provider with University of British Columbia (UBC) family medicine residents to receive ongoing team based care and treatment.”
“By being co-located with the Urgent Primary Care Centre, it will help deliver primary care services people currently need. Furthermore, it increases the number of opportunities for medical residents to be trained and supported in team-based care in Kamloops. This provides the foundation for these new physicians to continue serving patients in this region going forward,” explained Dix.
Interior Health has collaborated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Family Practice and the Thompson Region Division of Family Practice to develop the FPLC, located within B.C.’s first Urgent Primary Care Centre, which has seen nearly a 1,000 patients since opening in Kamloops in June 2018. The FPLC program enables residents to gain more hands-on experience under the guidance of eight fully licensed family physicians.