Doctors Invite Patient Input

Community Survey launches Feb 1

January 9, 2014, Salmon Arm, BC:

Often this is the time of year when we go to our doctors seeking their help. Starting February 1, the Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice is flipping the equation and asking for our help too.

There is a provincial initiative underway led by the BC Medical Association and the Ministry of Health called A GP for Me. Local doctors are interested in how residents access primary health care, how many currently have a family doctor, and how many are unattached. As such, they have created an online Community Health Care Survey they plan to launch next month.

Doctors are inviting residents from Vernon, Salmon Arm, Armstrong, Enderby, Lumby, Sicamous, Sorrento and surrounding areas to answer a short survey, which includes questions about whether or not you have a family doctor, or visit walk-in clinics or emergency rooms; how important it is for you to have a family doctor and what, if any, barriers exist in accessing primary health care. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

“The Community Health Care survey will be an important first step in planning the future of access to primary health care in our community,” says Tracey Kirkman, executive director of Division of Family Practice in Shuswap North Okanagan. “We have a unique opportunity to influence positive change at the local level, and it begins by hearing from patients in our community.”

Kirkman says her team is hoping the survey generates a minimum of 1200 responses from all communities in the region. For more information (including a link to the online survey when it launches Feb 1, and community locations where people will be able to complete a hardcopy), visit the Division’s website at

For more information, please contact:

Tracey Kirkman, Executive Director  250-833-0940

Shirley Weir, Communications  604-817-1497

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