If you have a cough, fever or feel short of breath and has recently travelled please isolate yourself. Do not go shopping/eat out or too work. Have friends deliver you food and anything you might need to your door.
DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE!
Call for phone advise or request a virtual care appointment
Please call the office and request a virtual care appointment.
You will receive a email with details to create an account on Medeo- please follow the steps and one of our staff will take care off you online. If you are requesting an appointment for med refills – please have your list on hand to speed up the process.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE IF YOU ARE ILL.
“What is a Nurse Practitioner?”
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have additional education and nursing experience, which enables them to:
- Autonomously diagnose and treat illnesses
- Order and interpret tests
- Prescribe medications
- Perform medical procedures
NPs are health-care professionals who treat the whole person, an approach that includes:
- Addressing needs relating to a person’s physical and mental health
- Gathering medical history
- Focusing on how an illness affects a person’s life and family
- Offering ways for a person to lead a healthy life
- Teaching persons how to manage chronic illness
Where do nurse practitioners work?
NPs work in a variety of health-care settings, such as:
- Community care (community clinics, health-care centres, physicians’ offices and patients’ homes)
- Long-term care (nursing homes)
- Hospitals (outpatient clinics, emergency rooms and other patient areas)
- NP-led clinics
What kind of health-care services does a nurse practitioner provide?
NPs provide a wide range of direct care services to people at every stage of life. In addition to treating illnesses, they teach individuals and their families about healthy living, preventing disease and managing illness. NPs bring together medical knowledge with the values and skills of nursing. NPs are also leaders, consultants and researchers who incorporate new knowledge into their practice.
Do nurse practitioners replace other health-care professionals? Will I still be able to see my doctor?
NPs work with, rather than replace, other health-care providers. They are part of a collaborative team that includes registered nurses, doctors, social workers and others. While seeing an NP, you can still see your family doctor or any other health-care provider.
– See more at: https://cna-aiic.ca/en/nursing-practice/the-practice-of-nursing/advanced-nursing-practice/nurse-practitioners#sthash.EiDDqN8J.dpuf
The standard family doctor’s visit for BC (and most of the developed world) is 10 minutes long. That may not seem like much time for medical care, but if used wisely a lot can be accomplished. The reason I am often not on time for your appointment is usually because I have gone overtime on the visits with the patients ahead of you. If there are more than 1 or 2 problems to deal with, it is humanly impossible for me to deal with them adequately in one sitting of any length, let alone ten minutes. Please start with your most important question and if time allows we can discuss further problems. Thank you for understanding.
“All I need is a prescription refill, Doc…”
For prescriptions for long term medication for conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, our usual practice is to give enough refills to last until the time that your condition is due to be reassessed by us. These types of conditions need periodic evaluation (often including lab work, etc) to ensure that the condition is properly controlled and that there are no complications. The seemingly simple task of writing a prescription refill is only a small part of what we need to do to determine whether your condition is being well-controlled, what tests may be due, and whether a change of treatment is needed This always takes up a whole visit, and cannot be done at the tail end of a visit that you have booked for other reasons. Also, this obviously cannot be done over the phone, which is the reason why our clinic does not do phone refills. Thank you for understanding.
The BC Health Guidelines for Vit D:
The BC population is at risk of low vitamin D levels from autumn to spring. However routine serum vitamin D testing or screening for vitamin D is not recommended.
Because vitamin D supplementation in the general adult population is safe, it is reasonable to advise supplementation without testing. Vit D is cost-effective and available in all pharmacies.
Just click the “Book Now” on our Facebook page and follow the instructions. There are some appointments that you will still need to call the office to schedule. The online service is only for registered patients of this clinic. You will need your health care number to book.