South Island




The South Island Division of Family Practice (SIDFP) represents Family Physicians from the Saanich Peninsula communities of Central Saanich, Sidney and North Saanich, and the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, and Sooke. We are a membership based non-for-profit society.

Divisions of Family Practice is an initiative of the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), a collaboration between Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. The purpose of the Division is to provide a unique, collaborative, and innovative approach to patient care through a tripartite relationship between the Division, the Ministry, and Island Health. All local practicing Family Physicians and Medical Residents are welcome to become Division members. 

The goal of the SIDFP is to provide ongoing professional support for Family Physicians, and the best health care possible for residents of the South Island region.

Together, South Island Division members are working to improve patient access to local primary care, increase local physicians' influence on health care delivery and policy, and create a community for family physicians. A collaborative and innovative approach to health care will strengthen family practice and patient care in South Island communities.


Please visit Island Health's Primary Care Package page and the BCCDC page regularly for updates.

The Pathways homepage banner has the latest COVID-19 updates every day. Pathways hosts key patient and physician resources including up-to-date information and referral forms for local COVID-19 assessment, testing, and combined assessment/testing clinics in the specialty category "COVID care". COVID-19 patient resources can be sent directly to patients from a new no-reply email.


Expanding in-person care in community-based physician practices

Please view the DoBC’s one-stop information resource “The Doctor is In: Recommendations for expanding in-person care in community-based physician practices” here.

A word document that makes it easy for physicians to adapt the safety plan template for their own individual offices can be found here.

For the South Island Division's COVID-19 Office Safety Plan, please click here


Family doctor offices are open to their patients during COVID-19. It is important that you still prioritize your health and get ongoing care and advice for acute or chronic conditions requiring treatment or medication. You are not a 'bother' and you are not stressing the healthcare system. Read more here 
Most doctors offer phone or video options first to keep everyone safe. If necessary, they will arrange a safe in-person visit. Call your doctor's office to find out about options, do not just show up at the office. You can also look up your doctor's virtual options in the Pathways Medical Care Directory if they have shared their information.

If you do not have a family doctor: Walk-in clinics are open. They, too, offer virtual care options first and arrange an in-person visit as needed. You can use the Pathways Medical Care Directory to view local virtual care options. Call the clinic first for an appointment with a community doctor, do not just show up. A list of walk-in clinics and their wait times is also available at Wait-times are currently short.

For medical questions, please contact HealthLink BC  by dialing 8-1-1 toll-free in BC (7-1-1 for deaf and hearing impaired people). Their service is available any time of the day or night, every day of the year. You can speak with a person who can help you connect with a health professional.

If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest emergency department.

Quick Links

Bi-weekly e-Bulletin >
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HealthLinkBC >
UpToDate >
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WIC Wait Times - Medi Map - Saanichton/Sidney >
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Supporting Patients in our Communities

To support patients and clinics alike while we all navigate through retirements, clinic closures and other roadblocks, a great patient handout has been developed.

Please feel free to distribute this to your patients.

Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) Payment

The GPSC is introducing the CLFP Payment: a new annual, ongoing payment for fee-for-service family physicians in BC.  The payment recognizes the long-term, relationship-based care family physicians provide to their patients. The first payment (for 2019) will be remitted in January 2020 by MSP Teleplan, for those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Please see here for more details.



Video: Become a Member >

Your physicians colleagues discuss their experiences as South Island Division members and the benefits Division membership. As an organization that supports you, the family physician, the Division encourages a sense of community among physicians, provides a collective voice for physicians, supports continuing education by hosting educational courses, and facilitates knowledge and skills sharing around office efficiencies.

Video: Life on the South Island >

The South Island boasts a spectacular natural beauty combined with all the suburban amenities you need. With outdoor activities accessible year round, the South Island is a fantastic place to live. The area also offers unique professional opportunities, including rural and suburban practices, attending privileges at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, access to large tertiary hospitals, and a diverse patient population