Thompson Region Division of Family Practice

2018 October Newsletter


The Thompson Region Division of Family Practice is asking patients to join us in creating a shared vision for the future of primary healthcare. 

How can you participate? 

  • Encourage people to visit the website,, to learn about the initiative, where/when they can come talk to us in person, and take the survey.
  • Help us promote our public events and survey by hosting some promotional items at your clinic.
  • Take the survey! Your input is important and appreciated.

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Question of the Quarter

The Division constantly looks to its members for input on priorities and initiatives. We ask a new question each quarter to get your feedback. Your input has informed the Strategic Plan, In Practice Framework, and Capacity Analysis.



Highlights from the 2018 Annual General Meeting 

Our 8th Annual General Meeting was held on September 17 at the newly renovated Division office with 62 attendees. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cornel Barnard to the Board of Directors. 



Winter Event 

Be present. Holiday presents. RIHPA and the Division present an evening to improv your engagement with your colleagues. Join us on Friday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. at Bighorn Golf & Country Club (formerly Hoodoos). Entertainment, refreshments, and dinner will be provided. All RIHPA and Division members are welcome to attend along with their partners. Please RSVP with who is attending as we need exact numbers. We hope you can join us to celebrate another great year.



Help us decorate! 

Are you a photographer or artist of any kind? The Division office features art by our members and we would love to spruce up the blank walls. If you have a painting, photo, sculpture, or anything else that the office could use, please contact Chelsea Brookes. The Division can cover printing, framing, or supply costs. 


Welcome to new staff

We are pleased to welcome Faith Bateman to the Division team. Faith joins the Division as Project Lead, Business Development and has a diverse background in business and project management. Faith is eager to support the Division membership in this new role and looks forward to meeting everyone in the near future.



Local Referral Updates 

Urgent Primary Care and Learning Centre - The Centre is now able to accept referrals from our community's primary care providers for urgent care services. Read more >  

Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic - On behalf of Dr. Liz Ewart, please review the letter to primary care providers regarding the clinic. Read more > 

Neurosurgeon Referrals - Dr. Chevalier regrets that he has to restrict his practice to new referrals for the next months. Read more > 


New Interior Health CEO - Susan Brown has been appointed President and Chief Executive Office, effective October 29, 2018. Read more >

Kamloops Primary Care Waitlist - The KPCW now has a process for Priority Access Referral as a way for you to advocate for your patient to bypass the chronological order of attachment, in order for a more urgent placement with a primary care provider. Read more > 


CIS Physician Liaison Wanted - IH is seeking a senior clinician to support physicians in a three year Kamloops Digital Hospital project. Read more > 

Upcoming LEAP Sessions - There are three upcoming Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) sessions scheduled for Kamloops this fall: October 19-20November 2-3, and December 7-8

IH Coordinated MRI Intake Fax - Please review the revised version of the MRI Intake Fax Cover letter. An error was made in the assignment of a new fax number to PRH. If the old fax number is used patient requisitions will go to a non-IH fax number and patient privacy and confidentiality will be impacted. Read more > 

Designated Responders - If you suspect a vulnerable and incapable adult is being abused, neglected, or is self-neglecting, conact 1-844-870-4754. Read more > 

New IH Outpatient Echocardiogram Requisition - The new requisition is the first step towards standardizing IH outpatient Echo services and improving access. Read more > 

Eating Disorder Resources - There are new resources available to support primary care providers in the care and treatment of patients with eating disorders. Read more > 

Physician and Nurse Practitioner Opportunities MAiD Program - Are you interested in becoming a Medical Assistance in Dying assessor or prescriber? Read more > 


There and Back Again

The ‘There and Back Again’ research study explores the experiences of patients, their families, and care providers in the patient’s transition from a referral center back to rural community. This research is partnered between Interior Health’s Research Department and the University of British Columbia.

Survey Link >




Thompson Region Division of Family Practice
209-310 Nicola St.  Kamloops, BC  V2C2P5
Phone: 250-372-1621   Fax: 250-372-1610