Thompson Region Division of Family Practice

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Don’t put your health on hold because of COVID-19. Your family practitioners and urgent care locations are offering safe, virtual, and in-person health services. A message from your local doctors and nurse practitioners. Be Calm. Be Kind. Be Safe.


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 When you look after yourself, you’re able to look after the people you care about.

“We’re telling people to look after Number One. We want all sectors to be vocal about promoting healthy practices, and to encourage their people to take care of their overall health during the pandemic’s next wave, along with the help of our local health care providers.”

– Jim Anderson, Executive Director at Venture Kamloops, and a member of the CHAC

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The Kamloops’ Community Health Action Committee is urging area residents not to put their health concerns on hold as the region braces for the next wave of COVID-19. Community leaders and health care providers are turning to their organizations and trying to impress upon people the need to address personal health concerns, even if those medical issues are not related to COVID-19.

Community health care providers are well-equipped and prepared to provide health services during the pandemic, particularly now that doctors and nurse practitioners have gone through the first wave of COVID-19.


“When you care for yourself, you care for your community. Please protect yourself and those around you by following the guidance of local medical professionals.”   

– Kristi Rintoul, Director of Community Impact, United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo, CHAC member


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Do you have a family doctor?
If so, contact your nurse practitioner or doctor’s office with your health concerns. Stick with who knows you.

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No family doctor?
If not, then contact a walk-in clinic to book an appointment. Do not put your health on hold.


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Is there an emergency?
Go to a hospital for any emergency – it is safe to do so – or call 911

 “Staying vigilant means staying on top of health issues. Contact the office of your nurse practitioner, family doctor, or local walk-in clinic. They have the time and the tools to connect with you by phone, video, or in-person. Don’t let the pandemic nudge you into fear or complacency.”

Dr. Chip Bantock, family physician and CHAC member

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Do you need to be screened or tested for COVID-19?

Local residents can contact Interior Health’s Central Call Centre for COVID-19 screening and testing. The toll-free number is 1-877-740-7747. Online bookings can be made on Interior Health’s website at, and then clicking on the blue box called “Book a COVID-19 Test.

Screening and Testing is by appointment only. 

Do you have respiratory concerns?

Your doctor may want to refer you to the Respiratory Assessment Clinic. This clinic is for patients with medical needs that cannot be met virtually and have respiratory symptoms that could be COVID-19. Contact your family physician or nurse practitioner.

About the CHAC: The Kamloops Community Health Action Committee is a local committee of stakeholders from organizations including industry, business, economic development, academia, not-for-profit, health care and municipal/provincial governments. The committee formed in 2017 to support community health and wellness, and access to primary health care.

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