More access to health care

The opening of the Family Practice Learning Centre in Kamloops will not only give residents better access to health care, but also help UBC med students.

"This is another step in how we are improving access to primary health care in the Thompson Okanagan region immediately, and over the longer term," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. "The Family Practice Learning Centre (FPLC) is a first-of-its kind initiative that pairs people without a primary care provider with University of British Columbia (UBC) family medicine residents to receive ongoing team-based care and treatment.

"By being co-located with the Urgent Primary Care Centre, it will help deliver primary care services people currently need. Furthermore, it increases the number of opportunities for medical residents to be trained and supported in team-based care in Kamloops. This provides the foundation for these new physicians to continue serving patients in this region going forward.”

Interior Health has collaborated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine's Department of Family Practice and the Thompson Region Division of Family Practice to develop the FPLC, located within B.C.'s first Urgent Primary Care Centre, which has seen nearly 1,000 patients since opening in June 2018.

The FPLC program enables residents to gain more hands-on experience under the guidance of eight fully licensed family physicians.

Patients seeing a physician at the FPLC will also have access to the team-based practice in the Urgent Primary Care Centre, which includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physiotherapists and social workers.

"Training in a community is a powerful incentive for young physicians to stay and build their practice in that community," said Doug Cochrane, Interior Health board chairperson. "This learning centre will improve services for patients currently without doctors in Kamloops by attaching them to a clinic where there is co-ordinated, comprehensive and quality care provided through team-based care."

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