What's New at the Clinic

Updated 23 June

Here you will find the latest information on what's happening
at the Fort St. John Medical Clinic.

Welcome to our New Family Practice Residents

As of July 1st 2014, Dr Hopkins and Dr McCoach have joined us for their two year Family Practice Residency. We welcome them to our community and clinic. Dr Banas and Dr Breen will be continuing in the second year of their residency at the Fort St John Medical Clinic.

Update re Services at the Fort St John Medical Clinic

Beginning July 2 2014 the physicians remaining at the Fort St John Medical Clinic and practicing as the Fort St John Family Practice Associates will be

Dr Moody

Dr Watt

Dr Page

Dr Mackey

Dr Hamill

Dr Pieta DeBruyn

Dr Jana DeBruyn

Due to the reduced number of physicians we will ONLY be able to accomodate appointments for patients who are attached to these Family Physicians. All other patients will need to receive their care through the Northern Health Unattached Patient Clinic. Dr Rysbergen will be providing locum services for the month of July and will be continuing care for Dr Dupreez's patients for that month. Dr Pieta and Jana DeBruyn will be sharing their practice.

Clinic Hours of Operation

Starting July 2 the Fort St John Medical Clinic will be changing its hours to 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm. We will be closed for lunch between 12 noon and 1 pm. We will be providing a Same Day Access Service to ONLY those patients attached to physicians working as the Fort St John Family Practice Associates but, due to the reduced number of physicians,  this service will be available 9-1130 only. There will be no Saturday morning clinic

 

Immigration and Aviation Medicals

Dr Moody will continue to offer Aviation Medicals. Dr Mackey will still be offering 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 significantly 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

Letter to Dr DuPreez's Patients

To My Patients

It is with deepest regret that I am writing to inform you that I will be closing my practice as of July 1, 2014.  I will be remaining in the community but limiting my practice to Emergency Medicine. I  have made every effort to ensure that your medications are up to date for several months, and that your medical records are detailed and well summarized. I thank all of you for the wonderful opportunity I have had as your physician. 

Dr DuPreez

Letter to Dr Temple's Patients

To My Patients

It is with deepest regret that I am writing to inform you that I will be closing my practice as of July 1, 2014.  I will be remaining in the community but limiting my work to administrative medicine, chemotherapy support, sessions with mental health and addictions and the occasional locum coverage for other physicians in Fort St John. I realize that this leaves all of you in difficulty as there are no physicians taking new patients in the community. Northernhealth is working to provide a clinic for “orphaned” patients – those without a family physician, and I will assist as much as possible to ensure that you have coverage through this clinic. I have made every effort to ensure that your medications are up to date for several months, and that your medical records are detailed and well summarized. I thank all of you for the wonderful opportunity I have had as your physician. 

Becky Temple, MD, CCFP, CCPE

Letter to Dr Amstutz's Patients

To All My Patients that I inform you about closure of my practice at the end of June, 2014. I will continue working in the chemotherapy clinic and hopefully I will be able to provide locum coverage for the physicians in Fort St John, until my departure  in mid October, 2014. I understand that there are currently no new physicians in the community accepting patients and it is going to be a difficult transition. Northern Health is working on providing outpatient clinics for patients that do not have without a family doctors and I will try to assist and assure that you will receive coverage through this clinic. I will continue seeing my patients till the end of June, providing long term prescriptions. I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to be your family physician for the past 10 years.

Dr.Ilona Amstutz

Letter to Dr Parker's Patients

Dear Patients,

It is with mixed feelings that I am writing to confirm what many of you have already been told since the beginning of January at the Fort St John Medical Clinic and what many of us discussed prior to my maternity leave. I mentioned to those who asked that I did not know what was going to happen after my maternity leave and as it turns out I am going to be moving on from Fort St. John. I am excited about my new opportunities but sad to leave a very wonderful community and wonderful group of patients and colleagues to help me start my career. I will be returning in a limited way from April 1 until May 15 to tie up loose ends.  I know that this is a difficult situation as there are no other doctors taking patients in Fort St. John. Going forward it is likely that Northern Health will be providing an “unattached patient” clinic to help out with the medical needs of patients who do not have a family doctor. Additional resources include the emergency department. Please know there are active recruitment efforts going on in our community. I strongly recommend that if you have any tests done that you request copies of the results so that you can follow them up; requests can be made to the health records department of the facility that you have the tests done at. If you see a specialist you will be able to get a copy of their consultation letter from their office, so that when you do see a physician those documents are available. It has been a privilege to be involved in your care and I wish you all the best in your various future endeavours.

Dr Jennifer Parker

Letter to Dr Sieberhagen's Patients

To my patients,

It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that I will be closing my practice as of July 1st, 2014.  I will be remaining in the community of Fort St. John but limiting my work to prenatal care through the Prenatal Clinic at the Fort St. John Hospital, travel counselling through the Wellness Centre Travel Clinic and occasional locum coverage for physicians in Fort St. John. I realize that this leaves all of you in difficulty as there are no physicians taking new patients in the community.  Northern Health is working to provide a clinic for “unattached” patients (those without a family physician). I have made every effort to ensure that your medications are up to date and that your medical records are detailed and well summarized. Thank all of you for the wonderful opportunity I have had as your physician.

Dr. Janine Sieberhagen

 

Letter to Dr Esterhuizen's Patients

To my patients,

It is with deepest regret that I am writing to inform you that I will be closing my practice as of July 1st, 2014. I will be remaining in the community but limiting my work to emergency room coverage through the Fort St. John Hospital and occasional locum coverage for other physicians in Fort St. John. I realize that this leaves all of you in difficulty as there are no physicians taking new patients in the community. Northern Health is working to provide a clinic for “orphaned” patients – those without a family physician, and I will assist as much as possible to ensure that you have coverage through this clinic. I have made every effort to ensure that your medications are up to date for several months, and that your medical records are detailed and well summarized. I thank all of you for the wonderful opportunity I have had as your physician.

S. Esterhuizen, M.B., Ch.B.

Letter to Dr Roos' Patients

To my patients,

It is with deepest regret that I am writing to inform you that I will be closing my practice as of July 1st, 2014.  I will be remaining in the community but limiting my work to anesthetic and emergency room coverage through the Fort St. John Hospital and providing occasional locum coverage for other physicians in Fort St. John. I realize that this leaves all of you in difficulty as there are no physicians taking new patients in the community.  Northern Health is working to provide a clinic for “unattached” patients – those without a family physician, and I will assist as much as possible to ensure that you have coverage through this clinic. I have made every effort to ensure that your medications are up to date for several months, and that your medical records are detailed and well summarized. I thank all of you for the wonderful opportunity I have had as your physician.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. H. Roos, M.B., Ch.B.

Colon Cancer Screening Program Province Wide Rollout

See here for details and talk to your Family Doctor.

http://www.screeningbc.ca/Colon/default.htm

Training Doctors

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.