What's New at the Clinic
Updated 30 June 2015
Here you will find the latest information on what's happening
at the Fort St. John Medical Clinic.
Fort St John Family Practice Associates will be closed Wed afternoon Jul 8 and Thursday July 9 all day
As previously announced our doctors will be meeting with the Ministry of Health and Northern Health officials Jul 8 and 9 to try and develop a plan to enable our clinic to continue to operate and attract new physicians. As a result of the committment to these meetings and ongoing hospital committments we will have no physicians availabe to see patients Wed July 8 from 12 noon to 5PM and Thursday July 9 all day. We apologize for the inconvenience this may caose to some of our patients but we hope you will appreicate the importance of this endeavour.
And some more positive news
Eight British Columbia rural physicians were recognized and feted for their accomplishments and contributions to rural medical practice at the Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) medical conference held in Penticton, BC on Friday, May 23.
Five physicians – Drs. Nancy Anderson (Bella Coola), Marlowe Haskins (Smithers), Neil Leslie (Revelstoke), Phillip B. Malpass (Nelson), and William Watt (Fort St. John) – were honoured for their outstanding service, their facilitation of best clinical practices, their role as opinion leaders in their communities, and their personal and professional excellence in rural medicine. http://rccbc.ca
Some Good News!
We are pleased to announce that Dr Carly Loomes is moving to Fort St John this summer and will be working with us at the Fort St John Family Practice Associates. She has offered to continue the care of Dr Pieter and Jana DeBruyn’s patients in our clinic. She is finishing her clinical commitments in the Northwest Territories and on Vancouver island but will be joining us this summer. We do not yet have a firm start date but the other physicians in the Clinic will provide care for the De Bruyns’ patients through our same day access clinic. We thank you for your patience during this transitional period.
Announcement re the status of Fort St John Family Practice Associates
As many of you are aware Drs Pieta and Jana DeBruyn have announced their plans to close their shared practice and leave the community July 10. This places an increased workload on the physicians in our clinic. In contrast to statements made by Northern Health, Drs Moody, Watt, Page, Mackey and Hamill still provide significant services at the Fort St John Hospital. They provide anesthesia, emergency, obstetrics, operating room assists, care of inpatients (both their own and for those who no longer have a family physician) and care for residents of Peace Villa. With the further departure of physicians from Family Practice and the community this work load is expected to increase and will thus decrease the amount of time we are able to be in our office providing care to our own patients. We continue to provide this broad range of services secure in the knowledge that research indicates that patients who have Family Doctors who provide care for them in both the community and the hospital have better health outcomes.
We have worked hard for two years to try and recruit replacements but we have been unsuccessful. Recently there have been intense discussions between the Division of Family Practice and a senior Ministry of Health official and Northern Health Officials. Further discussions are planned for July. To provide some stability while these discussions are ongoing the remaining physicians of the Fort St John Family Practice have committed to keeping our office open to the end of the year. In the interim, because of the decreased physician numbers, patients can expect that it will be more difficult to make an appointment and there may even be days that there are no physicians available in our clinic, due to them being committed elsewhere. We are hopeful that the Ministry of Health, Northern Health, the Division of Family Practice and the community of Fort St John will be able to produce a solution that will attract physicians to the community who are willing to provide Full Service Rural Family Practice. Without additional support there simply are not enough of us to continue to care for the 11,000 patients on our books, while continuing to offer the many hospital-based services we provide.
Dr Richard Moody
Dr William Watt
Dr Kevin Page
Dr Paul Mackey
Dr Glen Hamill
Announcement re Departure of Drs Pieter and Jana de Bruyn
Drs. Pieter and Jana de Bruyn
10011- 96th Street
Fort St. John, BC
May 13, 2015
It is with mixed emotions that we write this letter to inform you of our decision to move from Fort St. John in July 2015. Our last day seeing patients will be Friday, July 10th, 2015. Despite considerable efforts over the last 18 months to find replacements for us, we have been unsuccessful in doing so.
The current health care situation in Fort St. John has made it virtually impossible to recruit new physicians to full-service family care. We hope that this will change in the near future.
Since we are no longer able to provide medical services, we recommend that you register at the unattached patient clinic as soon as possible and have your records transferred.
If there is any additional information that you need, you could visit our website at
www.fsjmedicalclinic.com or contact our practice manager at 250-785-6677.
We appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in us to take care of your health care needs over the past several years. Thank you for your loyalty and support. We enjoyed our time in Fort St. John. We grew not only as physicians, but as a family. We were very happy here and will always have fond memories of our time here.
Dr Pieter de Bruyn Dr Jana de Bruyn
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.