What's New at the Clinic

Updated 14 Apr 2014

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

Closure of Walk in Clinic at the Fort St John Medical Clinic

The Walk in Clinic at the Fort St John Medical Clinic will no longer be operating as of April 30 2014. With the decreasing number of doctors in the community and the increase in numbers of patients without a Family Doctor it has become increasingly difficult for the doctors remaining to manage the large number of unattached patients as well as looking after their own practices. As a result, after April 30, the Fort St John Medical Clinic doctors will be unable to provide medical services to patients who do not have a family doctor currently working in the clinic. The doctors currently working in the clinic are

Dr Moody

Dr Watt

Dr Page

Dr Mackey

Dr Hamill

Dr Pieta De Bruyn

Dr Jana De Bruyn

Dr Temple

Dr Esterhuizen

Dr Sieberhagen

Dr Amstutz

Dr Dupreez

Dr Roos

Dr Parker

 

Starting May 1 2014 we will be offering a “Same Day Access” clinic for those patients who have a Family Doctor working in the clinic but who are unable to get a timely appointment. If your family doctor has an appointment available that day you will be expected to take that appointment and not be seen in the Same Day Access Clinic.

We realize that this will place some patients in the community of Fort St John under considerable hardship but we feel we have to remain committed to our own patients and be committed to providing them with good quality health care. For further information about medical services in Fort St John we suggest you contact Ms Betty Morris, Chief Operating Officer, North East Health Services Delivery Area of Northern Health 250-2625297

Clinic Hours of Operation

Starting May 1st 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. The Same Day Access Clinic will operate 9-1130 and 1-430 and Saturday 9-1130.

Immigration 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 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

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.

Colon Cancer Screening Program Province Wide Rollout

See here for details and talk to your Family Doctor.

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

Welcome to our New Family Practice Residents

As of July 1st 2013, 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).  Dr Stephenson and Dr Bedard are 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.

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.