What's New at the Clinic
Updated July 3 2012
Here you will find the latest information on what's happening
at the Fort St. John Medical Clinic.
Colon Cancer Screening Program Prvince Wide Rollout
See here for details and talk to your Family Doctor.
New Maternity Clinic and Maternity Call Group at Fort St John Hospital
With the support of the North Peace Divsion of Family Practice a group of the Family Physicians have formed a maternity call group to help care for patients delivering at Fort St John Hospital. Thus patients will note they will be cared for by the Maternity "team" which includes their family doctor. Come January 6 a dedicated antenal clinic will begin at the hospital where patients can receive their prenatal care. More details soon.
Wait times for appointments
With the departure of doctors from the community the wait time to book an appointment with the remaining doctors has, not surprisingly, increased. We ask that you takes these times into consideration when booking appointments, especially if it is to refill medication. Approximate wait times for a routine appointment are listed below
Dr Amstutz: 5 weeks
Dr Jana DeBruyn: 3 weeks
Dr Pieta DeBruyn: 4 weeks
Dr Parker: 4 weeks
Dr Du Preez: 4 weeks
Dr Hamill: 4 weeks
Dr Mackey: 6 weeks
Dr Moody: 3 weeks
Dr Page: 3 weeks
Dr Temple: 2 weeks
Dr Watt: 3 weeks
Dr Esterhuizen: 3 weeks
Dr Roos: 2 weeks
Closure of lab services at Fort St John Medical Clinic
Due to circumstances beyond our control we will no longer be able to offer lab services at the Fort St John Medical clinic as of August 1 2013. ALL patients requiring lab work will have to attend the lab at the Fort St John Hospital. We apologize for the inconvenience that this will inevitably cause. This was a service that we as a clinic were proud to offer our patients and we lament that it will be no longer available.
Change to fees for immigration medical exams.
The Canadian Immigration service has transitioned to an online process for processing of immigration medicals. While we expect that this will streamline and facilitate the processing of immigration medicals at the government level it does signficantly increase the amount of work and time required to complete the medical and enter the data in the format required here in the clinic. Thus the fee for immigration medical exams will be increasing to $325 as of Sep 1 2013
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 250-785-3234
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 2013 Dr Bedard-Goulet, Dr Banas and Dr Breen have joined us for their two year Family Practice Residency. We welcome them to our community and clinic. The residency program has completed the expansion to 8 residents: 4 First Year Residents (R1) and 4 Second Year Residents (R2). The fourth R1, Dr Stephenson, is working at the ABC Medical Clinic. Drs Fernando, Begum and Pankratieva will be continuing in the second year of their residency at the Fort St John Medical Clinic. They will be assiting in an intitiative of the North Peace Division of Family Practice to help provide care for patients who do not have a family doctor.
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.