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Welcome to Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice

The Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice is a community-based group of family physicians working together – and with health authorities and community partners – to achieve common goals. One such goal is providing a primary care provider for every resident who wants one through the A GP for Me initiative.

A GP for Me is a joint province-wide initiative of the Doctors of BC (formerly BC Medical Association) and the Ministry of Health. The initiative aims to strengthen the health care system by enabling patients who want a family doctor to find one, increase the capacity of the primary health care system, and strengthen the doctor-patient relationship. Research shows that a strong primary care system, centred on continuous doctor-patient relationships, leads to the best health outcomes for patients.

We were interested in how our community accesses primary health care, how many people currently have a family doctor, and how many are unattached. We launched an online Community Health Care Survey from February 1 to March 31, 2014 and received over 1200 responses. Click below to view a summary of the results and more detailed data from the survey.

Benefits of Membership

Being a member of a division offers a number of potential benefits, including: 
  • Shared efforts to provide full-spectrum primary care.
  • Greater impact on the organization of local and regional health services around a division practice area.
  • Improved access to health authority and specialist services.
  • Enhanced professional collegiality and access to physician health and wellness programs.
  • Shared efforts for recruitment, retention and locums.
  • Support from colleagues in caring for complex or unattached patients.
  • Reliable assistance with duties historically falling to call groups, such as scheduling and meeting organization.
  • Strong financial and practice support for information technology programs and pilot projects.
  • Cost-savings on office supplies purchased from Corbett Office Supplies and shredding services with Interior Mobile Shredding.

UpToDate Available to Divisions Members

The knowledge system software, UpToDate, is available free of charge, for members of the SNO Division who are included in the calculation for infrastructure funding.

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Become a Member

The Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice represents family physicians in seven communities: Armstrong, Enderby, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Sorrento, and Vernon, BC.

Contact Us

Tracey Kirkman
Executive Director
tkirkman@divisionsbc.ca
250-833-6826
Peggy Crough
Administrative Assistant
pcrough@divisionsbc.ca
Fax:  778-696-8999
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