Learn about COVID-19 and more | February 2020
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February 2020
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Responding to a public health emergency: COVID-19
You’ve seen it covered on the news for weeks, the Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer have been providing nearly daily updates, and you have likely had patients or others ask concerned questions about it – the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

There has also been a slew of misinformation circulating online about the new SARS-like virus, making it potentially challenging to navigate the facts. In an effort to help provide some clarity and to give an update on the situation here in B.C. right from the “top doc” herself, we sat down with Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer. 





Understanding age-friendly communities in B.C.

Part of the Ministry’s commitment to healthy aging in B.C. is the Age-Friendly Community designation and associated Age-Friendly Grant Program. But what is an Age-Friendly Community?




Medical assistance in dying: Compassion and balance puts patients first

Op-ed by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Whether it‘s due to the advancing age and changing health of our parents, or the realization that we‘re approaching certain milestones, at key points along the way, many of us talk about wills and advanced healthcare planning for when our good health turns, or our lives are near their end.

It‘s a serious undertaking, thinking about these kinds of healthcare decisions. And it should be. There are medical procedures, policies and choices available to us on how we manage our care and our lives that didn‘t exist even five years ago. Medical assistance in dying is one of them.




Nursing news

The Nursing Policy Secretariat (NPS) has released the second edition of Nursing News, a twice yearly external publication that highlights provincial happenings in the nursing profession and health care assistants in B.C. The February 2020 Nursing News highlights the collective nursing and Health Care Assistant (HCA) achievements of 2019; and celebrates exemplary nurses and the transformative work underway to enable the nursing profession and HCAs to achieve the best health outcomes for British Columbians.
To read the full report, click here.




Primary care network updates
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Community health centres
The Province launched RISE Community Health Centre (CHC) in collaboration with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society, to provide comprehensive primary care services for patients, including those with mental health and addictions challenges, and other complex social needs. CHCs offer more opportunities to help reach marginalized populations and expand capacity to offer care that goes beyond health needs alone.
Learn more about community-based CHCs.
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New Urgent and Primary Care Centre opens in East Vancouver

People living in East Vancouver now have better access to team-based urgent and primary care with the official opening of the new REACH Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC).
Learn more about REACH UPCC.
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PCN Implementation Launch Day - March 5

On March 5, 2020, GPSC is hosting the Implementation Launch Day with PCN partners. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for local, regional and provincial partners to come together and discuss an effective transition from primary care network planning to successful implementation. Representatives from divisions, local and regional health authorities, nurse practitioners, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Indigenous partners, Doctors of BC, General Practices Services Committee (GPSC) and Ministry of Health leaders and staff will be present. 

Find a UPCC

In case you missed it, HealthLinkBC has a dedicated webpage to help patients see if an urgent and primary centre is available in their health authority region. An appointment may be required at some centres. If appointments are required, information is included in the service description. 
Learn more at HealthLinkBC.

Team charting agreement

The GPSC Information Sharing Task Group has developed a Team Charting Agreement (TCA) to enable information sharing in PCNs. The TCA recognizes patients as owners of their information and should be used together with the team charting implementation guide. 
Learn more about the Team Charting Agreement.




Partner snapshot
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Cowichan-based health centres 

Cowichan Valley residents who need same day medical treatment for urgent and chronic medical conditions are benefitting from urgent care units located at the Chemainus Health Care Centre and the Ladysmith Community Health Centre.

What does a PCN mean?

Physicians working as part of the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice provide their take on defining a primary care network and the benefits of the network on patients within the local community.  


Engagement brings doctors and health authority closer together

A recent meeting at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) in Prince George highlighted how a provincial initiative that aims to enhance physician engagement is making a difference.








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A Picture of Health is a monthly e-newsletter focused on telling the provincial health care transformation story. This online resource for B.C.'s health sector is aimed at keeping our health system partners, practitioners and administrators up-to-date on the work to improve patient experiences and outcomes.  This issue can be found the B.C. Government website along with frequently asked questions. 




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