Primary Care Networks: Connecting You With Family Doctors and Other Primary Care Providers
Family doctors have long played a critical role in the health of individuals and families. Having a family doctor means being connected with a trusted health care provider who knows your medical history, and is able to address your concerns from a place of understanding.
In fact, research has shown that having a good relationship with a family doctor can result in better long-term health.
Now, as the primary health care system in Surrey and North Delta becomes more interconnected through PCNs, finding and building a connection with a Family Doctor and other primary care providers is going to become more achievable.
A Primary Care Network (PCN) is a network of local Family Physicians and other primary care service providers within a community. These providers partner with community organizations, allied health care providers and health authorities to deliver coordinated care to patients in the community. PCNs focus on providing a team-based approach to primary care.
PCNs focus on providing a team-based approach to primary care, on a foundation of Patient Medical Homes (PMH)s, which are family practices that operate at an ideal level to provide longitudinal patient care.
Learn more about PCNs and PMHs in this short video.
In a PCN, patients get access to timely, comprehensive and coordinated team-based care, guided by eight core attributes:
- Access and attachment to quality primary care
- Extended hours
- Same day access to urgent care
- Advice & information
- Comprehensive primary care
- Culturally safe care
- Coordinated care
- Clear communication