September 15, 2020 | Government is transforming everyday health care for people living in the Oceanside region by establishing a primary care network, which will bring additional resources and strengthened support to the region.
“As part of our government’s primary care strategy, we’re making life healthier and better for everyone in BC. Through primary care networks, we are providing team-based health care and are giving people a seamless patient-centred experience that is responsive to the unique needs of each community,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The primary care network in Oceanside will bring meaningful change in the communities by helping more local residents access the comprehensive care they need and deserve, closer to home.”
The Ministry of Health will provide approximately $4.6 million in annual funding to the primary care network once it is fully operational.
Over the next four years, residents of Oceanside will benefit from more than 23 full-time equivalent health providers who will provide better access to primary care. This includes nurse practitioners, family physicians and allied health professionals such as registered nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and a clinical pharmacist.
The Oceanside primary care network is a result of a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Island Health, the Central Island (formerly Oceanside) Division of Family Practice and Qualicum First Nation and Snaw-Naw-As First Nation.