The Vancouver Division does not offer a public family doctor matching program.
NOTE for patients of retiring physicians - If you registered to have help finding a new primary care provider due to your physician’s retirement and are following-up on the status of that registration, please fill out this Patient Request Form. You will hear from the Division in 3-5 business days.
Are you Looking for a Family Doctor in Vancouver?
The Vancouver Division does not hold a list of publicly accepting family doctors and is unable to manage the public demand of attachment.
Our recommended approach to finding care:
- If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department.
- For medical related questions, consider calling 811 to speak with a nurse.
- Find doctors currently accepting new patients - pathwaysmedicalcare.ca.
- Visit Medimap.ca to locate the nearest walk-in clinic and their wait times.
- If you are expecting and do not have a delivery plan, visit Pregnancy Vancouver.
- Urgent and Primary Care Centres are available with extended hours for people with same-day, non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses who are unable to see a family doctor or health care provider.
- COVID-19 assessment and testing locations and information.
Choose the Right Care at the Right Place
Community Resources for Patient Care
Home and Community Care Resources
- Access and Assessment Centre
- CMHA Peer Navigators
- Vancouver Coastal Health – Geriatric Mental Health Intake (65 years and older) 604-709-6785
- Vancouver Coast Health – Adult Mental Health Intake (Under 65 years) 604-675-3997
- Vancouver Crisis Line – 604-872-3311
- Vancouver Coastal Health – Addiction Services Intake – 1-866-658-1221
What is the Role of a Primary Care Provider?
Your primary care provider (also known as your family doctor or nurse practitioner) is the first medical professional you should see when you have a health concern.
Research has shown that people who get regular care from a primary care provider receive more preventative care, are more likely to be accurately diagnosed, and are generally healthier. (Starfield and Mackinko, 2005).
Your primary care provider is your advocate in the British Columbia healthcare system and will help you navigate through it.
Family doctors and nurse practitioners are trained to care for all your health care needs from pregnancy to end-of-life care and to be part of the health care team for treatment of serious diseases like cancer.
When appropriate, your family doctor or nurse practitioner may refer you to another health care provider for specialized services. This may include a pediatrician for your baby or a psychiatrist for your mental health care needs.
Your family doctor or nurse practitioner will also communicate all relevant information to other care providers, maintain your medical records, and ensure you receive follow up care.
What is your Role as a Patient?
Your relationship with your primary care provider takes time to develop and requires ongoing communication.
Be patient. Unexpected emergencies can occur for patients who are seeing your family doctor or nurse practitioner before you. You may have to wait for your appointment even if you have booked a specific time. Consider booking appointments early in the day to decrease the likeliness of wait times.
Book an appointment at least one week in advance. Tell the receptionist the purpose of your visit. Staff are trained to identify the urgency of your appointment.
Communicate directly with your family doctor or nurse practitioner if you are concerned about the care that you are receiving.
Be Prepared for your Appointment
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