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New nurse practitioner primary care clinic opening soon in Victoria

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New nurse practitioner primary care clinic opening soon in Victoria

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Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
Island Health
Communications
250 370-8878
Media Contacts
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
Island Health
Communications
250 370-8878

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What people are saying about team-based care

Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill

“I am proud that a nurse practitioner clinic is opening in Victoria, as it will benefit thousands of individuals and families in the region. Team-based care is making a real difference in our lives and this clinic will make it even easier for people to get the care they need.”

Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake

“Launching a nurse practitioner clinic in Victoria shows our government’s commitment to make life easier and healthier for residents in the community. It will help thousands of people connect with a consistent primary care provider, helping them live their healthiest lives.”

Michael Sandler, executive director, Association of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) –

“Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC are pleased to have helped lead the process of conceptualizing and opening these nurse practitioner (NP) primary care clinics with strong community support. It has been with the diligence and advocacy of the NP council of NNPBC and, in particular, our director of NP provincial initiatives, Danielle Daigle, and project manager Patricia Telford, whose detailed knowledge of the inner workings of NP practice within the larger health-care delivery context has been key to getting where we are today. We applaud this approach to team-based care that taps into the expertise of NPs as primary care providers as well as all health-care staff. This clinic is key to ensuring B.C. families can access timely health-care services when they need them, and we are thrilled about the opening of the first private NP primary care clinic in Victoria.”

Leah Hollins, board chair, Island Health –

“Health Care on Yates NP primary care clinic will be an important part of the network of care serving the people of Victoria. The centre will connect more people to an integrated team of health professionals to provide them with the timely, appropriate services they need and complement the current care provided by family physicians.”

Lynn Guengerich, clinic director, Health Care on Yates

“Health Care on Yates is the culmination of a remarkable amount of work by many caring and dedicated people who share the Ministry of Health’s vision to make primary care more accessible for everyone in our communities. I am grateful to all who helped pave our path, and especially proud of the team who will be working in the clinic. The nurse practitioners and other staff are incredibly talented and committed to building a health centre that will not only respond to illness but will be integral to transforming health care for people in Victoria. I am honoured and humbled to work among them.”

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Ministry of Health
Communications
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Health Care on Yates NP Primary Care Clinic

Nurse practitioners are health practitioners who can work on their own, or with physicians and other health professionals, to provide care across a person’s life span.

This includes diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, prescribing medications and performing medical procedures.

The new nurse practitioner primary care clinic in Victoria is owned and operated by The Victoria Primary Care Society, an non-governmental organization responsible for managing daily operations.

  • Services currently available include:
    • new client intake and screening visits
    • regular/followup visits with clients concerning:
      • new symptom or diagnosis
      • chronic disease management, including diabetes, asthma and heart disease
      • primary care during pregnancy/prenatal/postpartum care
      • contraception advice and treatment options
      • mental health assessment/treatment/support
      • substance use and addiction treatment/support
      • medication prescription refills
      • screening (i.e., sexually transmitted infections, well child checks, cervical cancer/PAP smear)
      • treatments/procedures (i.e., intrauterine device insertion, cerumen, or ear wax, removal)
      • referrals to medical specialist and social services and completing forms
      • support with systems navigation (health care and social systems) with a community health worker
      • support with social determinants of health (finance, housing, education etc.) with a social worker
      • future outreach to local community partners
      • harm-reduction supplies
  • People who live within the clinic’s geographic boundaries and who do not currently have a primary care provider can become a patient by completing a request for registration by visiting: www.npclinics.ca/yates/
    Once renovations are complete, people may drop by the clinic to request an application.
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