Quesnel and Northern Health Have Plan to Handle Dr. Departure
Quesnel, B.C.- Facing the expected departure of four physicians this year, and possibly others in the next year, Northern Health and the community of Quesnel are taking a proactive approach.
Plans are well underway to develop a primary care clinic “That should be open later this summer” says Debbie Strang, Northern Health Quesnel Health Service Administrator “The exact plans are still in development and we are going to keep the community informed as we move forward.”
The new Primary Care Clinic will rely on a variety of members of the health care team which may include visiting and permanent physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, primary care nurses, and mental health and addiction clinicians. Support will also be provided by other medical professionals including dietitians, pharmacists and home support.
The new clinic is expected to open this summer.
In addition to the primary care clinic for unattached patients, the proactive plan also promises social integration and spousal support for new recruits and their families and engaging the broader community.
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson is counting on the community to be involved ““I would ask members of the community to join us by positively promoting Quesnel on social media and in the community to show the reasons we love to live and work here.”
Northern Health is connecting with physicians who have expressed interest in relocating to Quesnel. The process includes inviting the interested physician and their families to the community for a tour of the medical facilities and amenities.
While the clinic is still in development, “We have heard from physicians that they are interested in working with interdisciplinary teams, and the new primary care clinic will provide another option for physicians wanting to practice in Quesnel,” said Debbie Strang,. “While recruitment activities are underway, it will also provide unattached patients in Quesnel access to care.”
The work of physician recruitment is well underway with videos of Quesnel Physicians highlighting the work and lifestyle in the community. The videos are available on Northern Health’s physician recruitment website. The Northern Health recruitment team will also attend seven recruitment events nationally and internationally.
“We have a great team of physicians that are working in Quesnel, and we will continue to work hard for our patients in the community,” says Dr. Helene Smith, a physician practicing in Quesnel. “I really enjoy living and working in Quesnel. For me it is about showing physicians interested in Quesnel all of the great benefits the community has to offer.”