The Chilliwack Division of Family Practice needs your help.
The group represents 101 doctors in Chilliwack, Agassiz-Harrison, Seabird Island, and Hope, including the doctors and nurse practitioners at the Agassiz Community Health Centre.
They say they are taking the initiative to improve your access to primary health care before it becomes a crisis. They are currently in the planning phase and have launched a new, local initiative called A GP For Me, with includes a Community Health Care survey.
They are hoping you will lend them your voice, whether you have a regular family doctor, or use the walk-in clinic or the emergency room.
A GP for Me is a provincial initiative of the BC Medical Association and the Ministry of Health. It aims to strengthen the continuous family physician-patient relationship; better support the needs of vulnerable patients; enable patients that want a family doctor to find one; and increase the capacity, and improve the delivery, of primary care in our community.
At their first community event, the Flu Clinic at the Agassiz Friendship Centre that took place on Nov. 14, they had over 80 surveys completed while community members waited. They also presented to the Agassiz-Harrison Healthy Communities Committee on Nov. 21 to get input and support from local stakeholders.
Dr. Wayne Phimister, a Family Doctor in Agassiz, sits on the Working Group for the GP for Me initiative.
“The GP for Me Community Health Care survey gives us the opportunity to make change at a local level. The Agassiz Community Health Centre supports this initiative, and hopes that you will support it as well by taking the survey to help shape the future of primary health care service delivery in our community.”
You have until Dec. 31 to complete the survey. Go to http://fluidsurveys.com/s/gp4me/ to complete it. You can also check out page 9 of this paper for a copy of the survey. Once completed you can be entered into a draw to win one of three prizes:
Grand Prize – Weekend escape to Manning Park Resort (valued at $378) 2nd Place Prize – Gift certificate for Cheam Source for Sports (valued at $250)
3rd Place Prize – Passes to a local recreation centre (valued at $100).