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What people are saying about primary care networks


Rick Glumac, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam —

“I know how hard it’s been for residents of the tri-cities to find a consistent primary-care provider, and waits at walk-in clinics have been too long - I’m proud that our government is taking action to provide people with team-based care so they can access the primary health care they need and deserve.”

Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam —

“Connecting health-care providers together in a team has huge benefits for patients, but also for health-care professionals. I’ve heard from many health-care providers in my community who have felt for years that the health-care system hasn’t been fully supporting them. Through team-based care, health-care providers are connected to one another so they can work together and make sure their patients’ needs are being met.”

Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville —

“Primary health-care teams will make a big difference to the people of Coquitlam - families will be better connected to the maternity care they need and seniors, especially those who are frail or have complex health issues, will be connected to a team of providers who will network together to make sure their patients are fully cared for.”

Victoria Lee, president and CEO, Fraser Health —

“By partnering with the Ministry of Health, the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice, Kwikwetlem First Nation, Qayqayt First Nation and community organizations, we are putting every patient at the centre of their care. Team-based care will ensure we can support our patients in improving their health, avoiding unnecessary hospital visits and remaining independent,”

Dr. Eric Cadesky, president, Doctors of BC —

“The best health-care systems in the world have strong primary care and we hope that the primary-care network initiative provides needed resources to doctors serving their community. A primary-care network will collectively increase a community’s capacity to provide greater access to primary care for those who need it, especially for vulnerable patients and those with complex health conditions.”

Sue Peck, director and NP council president, BC Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia —

“Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC are pleased to see that the knowledge, skills and expertise of the entire health-care team will be utilized to improve access to health care for all British Columbians through the new primary-care networks. We believe that this approach will be pivotal in ensuring B.C. families feel connected to their health-care team and we are excited to see the first network launching in Coquitlam today."

Dr. Paras Mehta, physician lead, Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice —

“The primary-care network is our chance to work together to organize an often confusing primary-care system and create a more viable environment for family physicians to practise. We see primary-care networks as a means to achieve the shared goal of divisions and our partners: for everyone in the community to have access to primary care.”

Alexis Grace, health director, Kwikwetlem First Nation —

“As an Indigenous Nation occupying this territory, time immemorial, we have a deep understanding and appreciation for the importance of working together as a community to support the health-care needs of our people and our neighbours. A team based and unfettered network of service provision allows Kwikwetlem First Nation the ability to directly address the needs of our Indigenous community, with cultural integrity, while working as a more meaningful contributor to the broader Fraser northwest communities.”

Claire MacLean, chief executive officer, SHARE Family & Community Services Society — 

“SHARE Society has long provided support for children, youth, adults and seniors experiencing mental-health challenges. This new funding will enable SHARE to provide urgent outreach counselling services so people can get help quickly, in their moment of need. By working closely with our partners in primary care and public health, SHARE is proud to be part of a community-based solution that wraps services around the needs of the individual patient.”

Fraser northwest primary-care networks

The Fraser northwest region includes Anmore, Balcarra, Coquitlam, Kwikwetlem First Nation, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Qayqayt First Nation. These communities have a combined population of 315,000, which is expected to grow to 366,622 in 2021 and 466,400 in 2041.

Fraser northwest currently has 43 primary-care clinics participating in the primary-care network (PCN) and 355 general practitioners. The new and existing health-care practitioners will work together with existing primary-care professionals as part of a networked, team-based approach to providing care. As part of a rapid-access mental-health program, up to five clinical counsellors will be funded to provide services seven days a week across the region in partnership with SHARE Family & Community Services Society, a local community agency.

New resources being allocated to the specific four PCNs in the Fraser northwest region include:

New Westminster PCN

  • Three new general practitioners, four new nurse practitioners, 5.5 new registered nurses and one clinical pharmacist

North Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra PCN

  • Three new general practitioners, two new nurse practitioners, 10 new registered nurses and one clinical pharmacist

Port Coquitlam PCN

  • Two new general practitioners, two new nurse practitioners, 7.5 new registered nurses and one clinical pharmacist

Southwest and Southeast Coquitlam PCN

  • Four new general practitioners, four new nurse practitioners, nine new registered nurses and one clinical pharmacist

Resources supporting Kwikwetlem First Nation

  • Weekly sessions for a family physician to provide maternity and sexual health care on-reserve and ensure transitions between local providers when needed for members of Kwikwetlem First Nation.
  • 1.5 support workers to provide care on-reserve and ensure transitions between local providers when needed.
  • The plan also includes ensuring access to home-health and public-health services on the reserve for the patients who require it.
  • All services will be in partnership with Kwikwetlem First Nation and in a culturally safe environment.