The B.C. Ministry of Health has announced the opening of a new primary clinic led by nurse practitioners in Victoria.
The nurse practitioner primary clinic, called ‘Health Care on Yates’ is set to be fully operational on September 28, through the Victoria Primary Care Society, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC and Island Health.
Opening up a new clinic seems a good idea but digging through the details did raise some questions in my mind:
1. Nurse practitioners are emerging as a significant addition to medical practitioners here and everywhere but its interesting that the Ministry of Health press release lays out how far the NP scope of practice extends.
However, that is only a brief summary - look to the BCCNP website to see its 30-page Scope of Practice document: https://www.bccnp.ca...es/Default.aspx
2. These new clinics whether UPCCs or this NP Primary Care Clinic, are now being bounded by geographic catch-basins for patients that are clearly set out. For example the Yates clinic boundaries: Victoria, Vic West, James Bay, Oak Bay, Oaklands and Fairfield: https://www.vicnews....toria-patients/
Their map appears to (probably inaccurately) include a small piece of Saanich "panhandle" neighbourhood close to RJH: https://www.npclinic...-boundaries.jpg
3. MOH press release refers to "Victoria Primary Care Society", which doesn't appear anywhere else so MOH probably means Victoria Division of Family Practice, rather than the Victoria Medical Society - although neither mentions the new clinic. Could be the South Island Primary Care Network that seems to be a loose confederation of several physician groups, MOH, etc.
Edited by JohnN, 20 September 2020 - 11:18 AM.