Doctor retiring after 40 years

One of two doctors in Okanagan Falls has told patients he is retiring this spring and no replacement for him has been found

Dr. Jamie Robertson will be retiring from the Okanagan Falls medical clinic at the end of March after four decades in the community. A search is underway for a replacement, but Robertson has advised his patients to consider looking into clinics in Penticton or Oliver.

The other doctor at the Okanagan Falls Medical clinic will remain but will not be able to take over all of Robertson's patients.

The SOS Division of Family Practice says it is working with the clinic to find a physician to take over the practice.

"There is a doctor shortage across the province," said Tracy St. Claire, executive director at the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice. "At the division, we are available to assist family physicians with recruitment and retirement transitioning. This means working in a variety of ways to make our region attractive for physicians to both live and to practice. One example is that we are working towards larger, team-based clinics in the region, which is more appealing to new physicians."

When contacted for comment, Robertson’s spouse said they hope to release some positive news on the situation later this week.

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