Family doctors invite Campbell River and District residents to have a say in the future of primary health care

Health care: Survey is part of an initiative to strenghten local services

Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice is inviting local residents to have their say in a survey that will help shape plans for the future of the primary health care system in our community.

The survey is part of A GP for Me, a multi-year initiative that the Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice recently embarked on to strengthen patient access and care in the local primary care system, and expand opportunities for family doctors to collaborate with the community to support the health of residents.

A GP for Me is a province-wide initiative of the Government of BC and Doctors of BC.

It aims to improve access to primary care and help more British Columbians who want a family doctor to find one.

The initiative is being implemented across the province by local Divisions of Family Practice, which are non-profit community-based groups of family doctors committed to improving primary care in their communities.

The community health care survey, launching this week, asks residents of Campbell River and District about their health care needs and experiences in the primary care system.

The Division wants to hear from all residents, including those who may not have a family doctor.

Feedback from the survey will be used to help the Campbell River and District Division identify gaps in primary care, and work with the community to strengthen local services.

Dr. Kerry Baerg, chair of the board for the Division, encourages local residents to share their thoughts by taking this important survey.

“We view patients as our partners in health care. We want to hear about what they are thinking and experiencing, so we can identify where we can improve and plan health care services for the future.” he said.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is available until Nov. 29.

Participants can enter draw for a $100 retailer gift certificate. Residents can get a survey in several ways:

Take the survey online at https://surveys.divisionsbc.ca/CR-doc.aspx

Contact the Division at (250) 203-6374 for a paper copy.

See www.divisionsbc.ca/campbellriverdistrict/home for a list of locations in the community where copies are available.

Survey responses are anonymous and all information collected will adhere to provincial and federal standards for privacy, confidentiality and security of data.

The Campbell River and District Division is collaborating on this important survey with various community stakeholders including the John Howard Society North Island and others, who are also committed to supporting the health and well-being of residents.

“I recently attended an event put on by the local Division of Family Practice and was struck by their genuine interest in better meeting the health care needs of Campbell River and District residents,” says Steve Ayers, Executive Director, John Howard Society North Island. “Filling out the survey will help them plan changes we feel are needed.”

 

About A GP for Me

A GP for Me is a joint initiative of the Government of BC and Doctors of BC – formerly the BC Medical Association – aimed at strengthening the health care system by supporting the relationship between patients and family doctors. Research shows continuous doctor-patient relationships lead to the best health outcomes for patients.

www.agpforme.ca.

 

About the Divisions of Family Practice

The Divisions of Family Practice initiative is funded by a joint committee of the BC Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC. As of October 2014, there are 34 Divisions of Family Practice in B.C. that encompass more than 130 communities.

www.divisionsbc.ca/provincial/home

 

The Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice is a group of 46 local family doctors who are committed to working with the community to better meet the health needs of local residents.