Locating Family Physician/Adult Specialist: Resources for Community Pediatricians & Other Physicians

The various Divisions of Family Practice GP4Me project included the development of “attachment mechanisms”, essentially ways and means to locate a family physician for those patients who do not have one. The Divisions do not maintain a “roster” of GPs, because that roster could change daily. However, many of the Divisions have established a process that could be helpful to pediatricians and their transitioning patients.

In addition to the “attachment mechanisms” work described above, Pathways is a web-based directory (now run out of the Divisions) to streamline referrals by connecting family doctors and specialists. Access to Pathways requires the pediatrician to register his/her own practice – for more information, please go to https://www.divisionsbc.ca/provincial/home.

The BC Pediatric Society will update this resource on a regular basis.

For information by Division about family physician attachment mechanisms and connections to specialty by Division, see below.

Abbotsford Division of Family Practice

T: 604.746.3392
W: www.divisionbc.ca/abbotsford

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Patients can access a list of family physicians accepting patients. However, at the time of printing this document, there were no physicians taking new patients and a wait list established. However, Abbotsford has a youth health centre that accepts transitioning patients. Community pediatricians wanting to transition a patient can contact Dr. Elizabeth Watt at 604.746.3392 (fax is 604.746.7399). This clinic runs three times a week, and includes nurse practitioners (who provide consistent care), family physicians, medical residents and an RN. Their website is http://ayhc.ca/. The clinic sees patients until the age of 24, and their goal is to attach these patients by that time and have them ready to navigate the adult healthcare world.

Pathways: This Division has Pathways set up and it does include family physicians accepting referrals, but they rarely note availability to take new patients.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division has Pathways set up and it does include most specialists

Burnaby Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/burnaby
E: burnaby.findadoctor@divsionsbc.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Patients can check out the Burnaby Division webpage for a list of family physicians accepting patients. The Division maintains a list of family doctors on our website who have informed the Division they are accepting patients. The Division does not recommend or endorse any particular family doctor (or clinic). These family doctors have not guaranteed they can accept all patients at all times, as they have their own established criteria. The Division updates this list regularly. If there is no doctor is listed on the website, or you have a specific question about patient attachment, please email the Division at burnaby.findadoctor@divsionsbc.ca

Pathways: Burnaby based family doctors with sub-specialties can be found on Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Information unavailable at this time.

Campbell River & District Division of Family Practice

T: 250.897.2358
W: www.divisionbc.ca/campbellriverdistrict

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

When contacted, the Division is supportive of assisting patients with finding a physician receiving new patients however, direct contact with a clinic will be the ideal path for patients. FETCH Campbell River will provide all clinic contact and regional resource information http://campbellriver.fetchbc.ca/

Pathways: The Division has launched Pathways jointly with the Comox Division and individually physicians can indicate if they are taking new patients. This information is not available to the public but is searchable by physician members.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Campbell River & District and the Comox Divisions have launched Pathways and both GP and Specialist information will include taking on new patients if the self-selected option has been activated.

Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice

W:www.divisionsbc.ca/cod

Locating a Family Physician

The attachment work in this Division is winding down. However, they are currently looking for ways to identify family practices with an interest and capacity to take on transitioning patients. It is an ongoing challenge to find a family physician in Kelowna as many physicians are working only at drop in clinics.

 

Locating an Adult Specialist

Information unavailable at this time.

Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionsbc.ca/cird

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

For Williams Lake, most patients referred to a specialist are attached and as such youth transitioning to adult care is not a concern in the community. A group of doctors in Williams Lake have agreed to see unattached MHSU patients for Dr. Burkey (Child Psychiatrist) so he can get a referral put through. Can do the same formal process for a pediatric patient if need be but don’t see the need right now. For 100 Mile House, attachment is not a problem as each clinic has a walk-in component which could deal with this.

Pathways: The Board is considering implementing Pathways in the Central Interior Rural Division and anticipates a decision in Spring/Summer 2018.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: The Board is considering implementing Pathways in the Central Interior Rural Division and anticipates a decision in Spring/Summer 2018

Chilliwack Division of Family Practice

T: 604.795.0034 (Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison)
T: 1.844.795.0034 (Hope and Fraser Canyon)
W: www.divisionbc.ca/chilliwack and chilliwack.com

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division has a Patient Attachment Mechanism (PAM) and is currently prioritizing patients who are discharged from hospital without a family physician. Otherwise, there is a waitlist. Patients can call the number listed and register, but there is no estimate on the wait list length. Patients can also go to one of the two Youth Health Centre sites – http://chilliwackyhc.com/. If they are in need of ongoing care they will be matched with one of the physicians from the Youth Health Centre.

Pathways: Pathways is set up and the majority of family physicians are on it. They do not use Pathways to note whether family physicians are accepting new patients.

 

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Pathways: Pathways is setup and the majority of specialists are on it.

Comox Valley Division of Family Practice

T: Central Referral Administrator: 250.898.1074
W: www.divisionbc.ca/comox

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division has a process for attaching patients to a family physician, the Central Referral Mechanism. A referral form is filled out and faxed to the central referral number and the patient is matched to a family physician. Referral forms can be obtained by contacting the Central Referral Administrator. The pediatrician can fill in this form with the patient’s consent (or sign on behalf of the patient with their verbal consent). At this time, there is no wait list, but this can change.

Pathways: Pathways was launched in October 2017 in partnership with Campbell River & District Division. GP information includes referral details but does not include whether they are taking new patients.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Pathways was launched in October 2017 in partnership with Campbell River & District Division. Specialist information includes whether taking new patients.

Cowichan Division of Family Practice

T: 250.597.2227
W: www.divisionbc.ca/cv

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Are you without a family doctor, and live in a Cowichan community? Contact the Cowichan GP Referral Line gpforme@cvdfp.ca | 250-597-2227 for help finding a GP in your area. Please note this service is not for people who already have a family doctor.

Pathways: Pathways is available in Cowichan.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Pathways is available in Cowichan.

Delta Division of Family Practice

T: 604.943.5591
W: delta.fetchbc.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Patients or the office MOA can register on the FETCH website (http://delta.fetchbc.ca/) under South Delta Residents Looking for a Family Doctor webpage. This list is on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Pathways: Delta Division does use Pathways, but only one GP is listed due to his interest in sports injuries.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Information unavailable at this time.

East Kootenay Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/east-kootenay

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division does not have a formal attachment mechanism. The Pediatrician or the patient/family would call around to the clinics and see if anyone will take them. Often GPs are more willing to take a new patient if another family member already sees that GP. Also, if the Pediatrician were to speak with the GPs (they all know each other), that may also help. In most cases, patients have a GP who then referred them to the pediatrician, and they experience care from both.

Pathways: Do not currently have Pathways, but plan to explore it in the future if some of the specialists in the area or the MSAs with the hospitals are willing to joint fund it.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Do not currently have Pathways, but plan to explore it in the future if some of the specialists in the area or the MSAs with the hospitals are willing to joint fund it.

Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/frasernorthwest

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Accepting only “high needs” patients at this time.

Pathways: Fraser Northwest was the birthplace of Pathways. Family physicians are listed and acknowledge if taking patients. The only proviso is that a family physician may take only patients with a certain diagnosis. All pediatricians that are listed on Pathways have access to Pathways and will be able to look up physicians who are accepting patients which means that they accept all kinds of patients. Referral form is available via Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Division does have Pathways and adult specialists are listed.

Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/kb

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

There is currently no registry in this Division, however, they do anticipate reinstating one over the next 12 months, as part of their work implementing the Primary Care Network (PCN).

Pathways: Kootenay Boundary does have Pathways, and all GPs have access to the database, but only family physicians who provide a specialised service are listed.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Information unavailable at this time.

Langley Division of Family Practice

T: 604.510.5081
W: www.divisionbc.ca/langley
E: ellen.peterson@ldfp.org.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

To enquire about Langley physicians accepting new patients call the Langley Division of Family Practice at the number listed. With the community growth rate and number of retiring physicians, numerous patients are looking for a family physician and typically no practices are able to accept new patients. To access wait times for Walk In clinics in the Langley area access online: www.medimap.ca

Pathways: Langley family physicians are not listed on Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This division uses Pathways and specialists are listed.

Mission Division of Family Practice

W: mission.fetchbc.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Led by Mission family doctors, the Mission Primary Care Access Clinic aims to help patients who do not have a family doctor to find one. Patients or the pediatrician’s office can book an appointment at the clinic to be seen by a physician, and they will work with the patient to attach to a doctor in the community.

Pathways: This Division does not use Pathways.

 

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Pathways: This Division does use Pathways for referrals.

Nanaimo Division of Family Practice

T: 250.591.1200
W: wwww.divisionbc.ca/nanaimo

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division did try a formal attachment mechanism, however it did not work and so now have a more informal referral system in place with the community (GP to GP). Patients and physicians can call the Division office on 250.591.1200; however success will vary depending on GPs available to take on new patients.

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

This Division uses Pathways.

North Peace Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/northpeace

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division has 3 physicians with open practices and so don’t need an attachment mechanism as they are taking on patients.

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways.

North Shore Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/northshore

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

GP Link is a service offered to help North Shore patients find a family doctor and maintains a registry that lists GPs who are willing to accept new patients. Patients can access GP Link by visiting https://www.divisionsbc.ca/northshore/gplink or calling 778- 945-3017.

Pathways: They do have Pathways. No family physicians taking on patients are listed. There is now pediatrician access.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: They do have Pathways which lists specialists. There is now pediatrician access.

Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc/ca/nird

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Patients are typically attached to a clinic and a team rather than a specific GP. Patients and physicians to look up clinic in area and call to make an appointment.

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways.

Oceanside Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/oceanside

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division does not have physicians with open practices. However, patients can complete an online self-registry to get on the waitlist for a primary care practitioner in the Oceanside area: https://surveys.divisionsbc.ca/pam.aspx

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: The Oceanside Division is part of Pathways as of December 2017.

Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/pacificnorthwest
E: cenns@divisionsbc.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

The Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice has an operational Pacific Northwest FETCH with a patient GP attachment support, located on the right-hand side of the FETCH website for each Pacific Northwest community. This include a GP attachment database can help patients, families, clinicians, and specialists with attachment to local family physicians.

Please find the link below to the GP attachment section, once registered you will receive a message automatically for each community detailing how to connect with a local GP: https://pacificnorthwest.fetchbc.ca/patientregistry/finddoctor.html

Physicians can email Colleen Enns at cenns@divisionsbc.ca who will try to assist with the attachment process in the area.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division does have Pathways set up, for Specialists.

Powell River Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/powellriver

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division does not have any attachment mechanism in place. Powell River has 5 clinics which can be contacted by patients or physicians.

Walk-In Clinic:
“Marine Medical Building”
Dr. Jacques DuToit / Dr. Martin Andreae: 604.485.2430
Dr. Brigitte Dohm: 604.485.7222
Dr. Nicholas White: 604.485.9200

The “Walk in Clinic” is held at the Marine Medical Building, Mon, Tues, Weds and Thurs 2-4, depending of doctor availability. 604.485.2430
The Medical Clinic Associates: 604.485.6261
“Harvie Medical Clinic”: 604.485.0136
Dr. Pieter Rossouw: 604.485.4877
Family Tree Health: 604.485.9213

Pathways: Pathways expected June 2018.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Pathways expected June 2018.

Prince George Division of Family Practice

T: 250.565.2237
W: www.divisionbc.ca/pringegeorge

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

The Northern Health Authority maintains a recorded message with information on physicians taking new patients: 250.565.2237.

If no physicians are listed on the message, pediatricians can refer patients to the Blue Pine Clinic: 250.596.8100.

Pathways: Is active in Northern Health.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Is active in Northern Health.

Richmond Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/richmond

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Richmond Division has no attachment mechanism in place.

Pathways: This Division does have Pathways with Family Physicians listed in it.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Information unavailable at this time.

Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice

T: 604.457.1387
W: www.divisionsbc.ca/rm
E: tmiyashita@divisionsbc.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division has a website that lists family physicians who are taking new patients. The Division also produces a list of family physicians taking new patients and that is sent to the discharge coordinator. A community paediatrician could also obtain this list by calling Sara Antunes at the number listed or by emailing her at rmadmin@divisionsbc.ca.

Pathways: This Division has Pathways, however at January 2018 they are in the process of adding family physicians.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division has Pathways and specialists are listed.

Rural & Remote Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionsbc.ca/ruralremote

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Patients are typically attached to a clinic and a team rather than a specific GP. Patients and physicians to look up clinic in area and call to make an appointment.

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways.

Sea to Sky Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionsbc.ca/seatosky

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

There is a directory of family physicians and clinics on the webpage. https://www.divisionsbc.ca/seatosky/GPDirectory

Pathways: This Division does not currently list family physicians on Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division lists specialists on Pathways.

Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice

T: 250.833.6826
W: www.divisionbc.ca/sno
E: tkirkman@divisionsbc.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division did not do GP For Me and they do not have a formal attachment process. However a request can be sent to Tracey Kirkman who can be contacted on 250.833.6826 or via email at tkirkman@divisionsbc.ca.

Pathways: The Division has just recently launched Pathways; however there are no family physicians listed as there are none openly taking on new patients.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: The Division has just recently launched Pathways; it is used as a referral for specialists.

South Island Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/southisland

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

The SIDFP does not maintain a list of family physicians accepting new patients. The Division refers all those looking for a family doctor to http://www.victoriamedicalsociety.org/

Pathways: South Island based family doctors with subspecialties can be located on Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Division Member family physicians have access to specialist and referral information via Pathways.

South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice

T: 250.498.5051
W: www.division.ca/sos

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Children in need of a family doctor, and living in the communities of Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls, can call hospital administration at the South Okanagan General Hospital (250.498.5051) to make a request. They will then be connected to one of the area family doctors who is accepting patients on a rotational system under the Initiative ‘Every Child Gets a Family Physician’. There are also attachment rosters in Penticton and Summerland available for use by health professionals and school counsellors.

Pathways: Have discussed the integration of Pathways in their Division, however, they are currently not using Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: Have discussed the integration of Pathways in their Division; however, they are currently not using Pathways.

Sunshine Coast Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/sunshinecoast
W: http://sc.fetchbc.ca/

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

There are currently 8 family physicians listed on their webpage who are taking new maternity patients only. In addition, the Sunshine Coast has a Social Worker who works with vulnerable patients (e.g. mental health) – family physicians can refer to the Social Worker, as well as self referral or family referral.

Pathways: This Division is on Pathways.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division is on Pathways.

Surrey North Delta Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/SND

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN 

This Division has a patient portal that can be used by both patients and physicians. This portal can be accessed using the following website https://www.divisionsbc.ca/SND. On this page at the top right-hand side is a ‘click here’ link under the title ‘do you need a family doctor’. This then takes you to a form’ once the form is completed information about doctors to contact will be provided to you on your computer screen. The contact list that the Division has of physicians who are taking on new patients is updated every 3 months.

Pathways: This Division does have Pathways setup which lists some Family Physicians, but not all are accepting patients.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division does have Pathways set

Thompson Region Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionsbc.ca/thompson-region

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

In November 2016, the Kamloops Primary Care Waitlist was created and is being managed by HealthLinkBC (8-1-1) for people in the Kamloops area who are looking for a primary care provider and do not currently have one. Local area residents can call 8-1-1 to be placed on the list to be connected to a primary care provider as added capacity becomes available.

Pathways: This Division launched Pathways at the end of September 2016. It contains contact and referral details for family physicians and clinics.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division launched Pathways at the end of September 2016. It contains contact and referral details for specialists.

Vancouver Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/vancouver
E: vancouver@divisionsbc.ca

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division does not have a portal for the general public, but works with health care providers (referring provider) directly to find family physicians for unattached patients living in Vancouver. You can contact Rose Gidzinski rgidzinski@divisionsbc.ca to establish a referral partnership. Only a 1-page referral form needs to be filled out including patient consent. This form, along with clinical documentation, will be reviewed by the clinical team for prioritization in matching. Referred patients will be contacted by the team.

Pathways: The Vancouver Division has Pathways set up, and if a pediatrician would like to join (which they really encourage), please contact this email:vancouver@divisionsbc.ca. Vancouver Division of Family Practice does not list family physicians on Pathways who are providing primary care. They have, however, included the “specialty area” of “Family Practice” on Pathways for family doctors who wish to be listed as providing specialty services to their GP colleagues. Such areas of practice include primary care Obstetrics, Sports Medicine, etc.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Information unavailable at this time.

Victoria Division of Family Practice

W: www.divisionbc.ca/victoria

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

The VDFP doesn’t have a particular attachment process; there is no central attachment activity.

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways, however, family physicians are not listed.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division uses Pathways and specialists and referral information is listed.

White Rock – South Surrey Division of Family Practice

T: Central Registry 604.531.3111
W: www.divisionsbc.ca/whiterock-south-surrey

LOCATING A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This Division has a central registry, which patients can call when looking for a family physician. The central registry is tied to their Primary Care Access Clinic that will also take on complex patients that can benefit from the clinic model (with the hope of transitioning the patient to a community GP once stabilized).

Pathways: This Division does have Pathways however it does not list family physicians.

 

LOCATING AN ADULT SPECIALIST

Pathways: This Division does have Pathways and it lists specialists.

Specialists Interested in Accepting Transitioning Patients

For specialists accepting transitioning (complex) patients, including main practice interest and contact information in the following specialty areas, click below.

  1. Endocrinology
  2. Gastroenterolgy
  3. Neurology
  4. Respiratory
  5. Rheumatology