What's New at the Clinic
Updated August 7, 2012
Here you will find the latest information on what's happening
at the Fort St. John Medical Clinic.
Changes in Walk in Clinic Hours of Operation
With the closure of the North Peace Medical Clinic we are experiencing a signficant increase in the number of patients presenting to our WIC. In the interests of patient safety we will be not accepting registrations for the clinic after 4:30 so that those patients already waiting to be seen can be done so in a safe and reasonable time frame. I.e the WIC will effectively be closing at 4:30 pm on Mon to Fri. As before, those patients who present to the WIC and whose Family Doctor has an appointment available will be expected to see their Family Doctor in that appointment.
We are aware that a signficant proportion of the workload in the WIC is due to patients presenting for a "Doctor's note" on the advice of their employer. We must remind patients (and employers) that the BC Medical Services Plan does not cover the fee for Doctor's notes. Also we must point out that, if the visit is not for a medical problem but purely to obtain the note, then MSP does not cover the charge for the visit either.
Some patients are presenting to the WIC for a "Travel Medicine" visit. Likewise the fee for this visit is not covered by MSP and is the responsibility of the patient. Therefore we encourage all travellers to book at the Travel Clinic at http://www.fsjpharmacy.com
We ask you for your patience and understanding during this transition period.
The Fort St John Medical Clinic is excited to be involved in this provincial initiative. Please see here for more details.
Welcome to our New Family Practice Residents
As of July 1st 2012 Dr Fernando, Dr Pankratieva and Dr Begum have joined us for their two year Family Practice Residency. We welcome them to our community and clinic. The residency program has expanded this year to four residents. The fourth resident, Dr Farhan, is working at the ABC Medical Clinic. Dr Larsen will be continuing in the second year of her residency at the Fort St John Medical Clinic.
Advanced Access Comes to Fort St. John
Want to see your Doctor on the same day you call to request an appointment? That is what Advanced Access means. Drs Parker, Temple and Mackey are introducing Advanced Access into their practices. They are endeavouring to make appointments available each day (that they are in the office) so that their patients can be seen that same day. If it is a day that they are committed to be somewhere other than the clinic then our staff will attempt to offer you a same day appointment with their alternate for that day or may ask you to call back on the next day that your Doctor is in the office. This does mean, therefore, that they ask you to call for an appointment and not present to the Walk In Clinic unless an appointment with them is not available. As simple as this may sound it does actually take some getting used to so we ask that you help is make this work.
Taylor Satellite Clinic
We operate a satellite clinic in Taylor Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 12 noon.
Please note that we regularly have training doctors working with us in the clinic. You will be asked if you are comfortable with having the training doctor present at your consultation. We encourage you to be a part of training the doctors we need for the future of health care in Canada.