This past year has been an interesting one. It was a year that saw forward movement on the Primary Care Networks into the implementation phase and the hiring of the PCN Team. It was also one of turmoil as the country and the world shut down their borders and their people in the face of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic.
As physicians in community practice, we have had to adjust and adapt at a rapid pace, learning on the fly as we integrated virtual care into our overburdened/very busy practices. We have been able to continue to provide excellent care to our patients and we would like to take this time to congratulate all of you on a job very well done.
Over this past year your Board and key Physician Leaders have continued to have regular meetings with the Health Authority and Ministry of Health focused on the Patient Medical Home/Primary Care Network/Urgent Primary Care Centre planning. While this work is not what we originally envisioned, if we don’t engage, we can’t help guide improvements for both patient care and primary care physicians.
This initiative is important and as we move forward we will rely on membership participation, our partners, who we will continue to collaborate with, and our various communities to get this work done. To this end, we encourage all Division members to become or remain involved in this important work. Our mission is to provide the best care possible to our patients and communities, but also to improve the lives of our member family practitioners.
Through this next year, SIDFP will continue to work with you, our members, other Divisions, Island Health and the Ministry of Health to improve coordination across the system and streamline patient access to community resources.
We assure members that the SIDFP will continue to provide a voice at both the provincial and local health tables. The Board and staff will continue to reach out to you the members, through the bi-weekly e-bulletins and ongoing project and practice level engagements. We need you, our members, to stay involved or become involved, as your voice will guide how we represent you. Please consider joining a working group, coming to a Division event, or joining us at a Board meeting to see what is going on behind the scenes.
Dr. Vanessa Young, Dr. Jane McGregor & Dr. Kate Elliott
Board Chair, Alternate Chair & Vice Chair