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Oceanside News and Events
Find the latest news from the Oceanside Division and complementary organizations in this issue of News and Events.


  1. New! Co-Chair appointments for Division Board
  2. Revised Weekly PPE Process
  3. PMH Update
  4. PCN Update
  5. Important COVID-19 Update from the Provincial Health Officer
  6. Geri Psychiatry service
  7. Comox Valley Direct to Endoscopy (CVDTE) program starting Nov 2nd
  8. November Interactive Webinar: Substance Use
  9. BCCPC-- CentrePoint November 2020
  10. Therapeutics Initiative Best Evidence Webinar REGISTRATION OPEN
  11. Oceanside Hospice Society
  12. Divisions in the News

New! Co-Chair appointments for Division Board

At the first meeting after the AGM in September, the Board of Directors of the Central Island of Division of Family Practice voted for new co-Chairs.
We would like to thank Dr. Mark Morris for his unflagging service in assisting in leading the Central Island Division in the last two years. Mark has generously offered to stay on the Board to further assist in leadership transition in the coming year.
The new Co-Chairs for the Division are:

Dr. Wendy Johnsen -
Dr. Gina Bell -

If you have any membership concerns or questions, they are available to assist.

Evelyn Clark
Executive Director
Central Island Division of Family Practice

Revised Weekly PPE Process

With the help of the Primary Care Strategy team at Island Health, our clinics can use the weekly requisition process to order PPE items that are shorted or delayed from their regular medical supplier, as well as up to one month's worth of procedure masks at a time - you do not need to have a denied request from your regular supplier to order the masks.   Watch out for the requisitions in your email inbox, ensure you fill in the requisition with your supplier name and date/reason the item was denied, as well as the # of patients you are seeing in-person each week.   Your items will be delivered to your clinic the following week.  Questions?  Email Program Manager Sharon Todd.

PMH Update

Nurse in Practice:
Murray Coughtrey has been working with Dr. Biglow and Dr.El Karsh in this role and is available to any other clinics who might be interested in this model. If anyone would like further information, please get in touch with Tina Biello, Project Manager.

Also, in the works is an information session for implementing team based virtual care into clinics via PSP and PMH innovation funds.

Maternity Care:
Funding via GPSC for a Maternity network in Port Alberni has been approved. This work has started with First Nations and peri natal psychiatry meetings to see if this service would be of benefit.

Shared Care, Psychiatry:
Follow up from engagement session held on October 28 with psychiatrist: Tina Biello will be connecting with interested GPs and clinics with a schedule to see who would like to access shared care psychiatry appointments with Dr. Saffy.

First Nations:
Nuu-chah-nulth tribal council nursing department have developed a referral form process for those GPs in Port Alberni who might have NTC patients that need follow up from their nursing staff. For more information, contact Tina Biello

Work with Dr. Dana Hubler and the rural and remote team with UBC to develop an indigenous patient-led cultural safety and humility training for the NTC territories. This is a collaboration with NTC, FNHA, and the Division.

PCN Update

The PCN Steering Committee and the Divisions staff continue the work of operationalizing the PCN Service Plan and are excited to share this month’s updates.

NP led Patient Medical Home
The Flowerstone Family Health Clinic continues to ramp up its operations and services and are attaching patients from the Patient Attachment Mechanism (PAM) waitlist. The clinic staff participated in a process and team mapping exercise provided by UBC Innovation Support Unit and the local Practice Support Program.
Note: Look out for future opportunities to participate in these free mapping sessions for other elements of the PCN program coming soon that will focus on optimizing team-based care.

Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist (PCCP) Survey
We recently circulated a survey to all members about this new role. As we move to implement this PCCP position within the network we need to understand how you see this position having an impact in improving your ability to serve your patients. Please take a few minutes to complete the following simple 4 question survey using the link below. The survey will be open until Friday Nov 27th  

Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist (PCCP) Survey

December 1st PCN engagement event
Join us for an online PCN Update and Collaboration Session, Tuesday Dec 1st from 6pm to 7:30pm.

The session will cover:
- An Oceanside PCN update
- Discussion of new PCN roles that can support your practice
o Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist – what is the role and how will it be launched?
o Priority Response Team – update on current state and how to access
o Primary Care Link RN – how can it help your practice and how will it be launched?
Please RSVP to to register.  A detailed Agenda and Zoom details will follow.

Important COVID-19 Update from the Provincial Health Officer

Important COVID-19 update from the PHO re: patient care in community settings and access to PPE
This message is being sent to all registrants on behalf of Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer

Dear physician,
As BC continues to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, I recognize that you have had to adapt the way you deliver care to protect your health, the health of your staff, and of your patients. I have heard many examples of physicians who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to provide exceptional care to patients during this time. I appreciate your dedication to patient care and thank you for your flexibility and for the essential services you provide to people in your community.

Since the province eased restrictions in May, many of you have asked for clarity regarding the appropriate balance between virtual and in-person patient care in community settings. I acknowledge that online visits and phone consultations are useful tools in patient-centred care and will continue to play a role in community clinical practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most health problems require one or more in-person assessments over the course of the patient journey. As such, physicians and medical specialists practising in community settings should be providing a blend of virtual and in-person care that meets the medical needs of the patient seeking care while avoiding unnecessary delays. I ask that you use your professional judgement with input from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, your regional health authority, and Doctors of BC when determining when a patient can or needs to be seen for in-person care.

With appropriate health and safety precautions in place such as advanced patient screening, efficient appointment scheduling, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), in-person patient care is safe for routine medical practice. This includes the wearing of medical grade masks by health-care workers, staff, patients, and visitors in all facilities and clinics where health care is delivered including in waiting areas, and following published COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidelines and COVID-19 workplace health and safety guidelines for your office setting.

To address PPE access and supply concerns, you will soon have increased access to PPE through the provincial supply chain and distribution system at no charge for the duration of the emergency response. More details on the process and ordering system will be announced by the ministry in the coming weeks. In the interim, please continue to order your supplies from your vendors directly. If you are unable to obtain supplies from usual vendors, please work with your regional health authority for urgent PPE needs.

There are supports in place to support you and your patients, including the COVID-19 Office Safety Plan Support Grant for community physicians, additional funding for pandemic planning for fall and winter, temporary billing and fee code changes for telehealth, virtual care, and immunization as well as other assistance listed on the Doctors of BC website.

While the pandemic has affected how we practise medicine in many ways, the importance of your services and your patients’ health care needs have not changed. You play a critical role in protecting the health and well-being of people living in BC. Thank you again for your continued commitment to deliver high-quality care and ensuring access to appropriate services in communities throughout our province.
Bonnie Henry, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Provincial Health Officer
Ministry of Health

Geri Psychiatry service

November 4, 2020

Dear Primary Care Providers:
Re: Geriatric Specialty Services

This is in follow up to the letter dated July 23, 2020 from the Oceanside Health Centre (OHC) regarding the above noted services due to the resignation of Dr. P. Juralowicz.

Dr. Juralowicz will no longer be taking any referrals for any Oceanside area residents, except for those residing in Long Term Care Facilities until January 23rd, 2021, when he will begin working solely in his private practice for Geri-psychiatry for LTC clients. Referrals for his private practice will not be processed by Central Intake/Access in Island Health.

There is currently no other Geriatric Psychiatrist in the OHC to fill this need at this time. Island Health (IH) continues to try to recruit into this role at OHC as well as in other communities across the Island. We are also exploring other solutions/options to meet this service gap.

Given the above, any referrals that are currently sitting in Island Health’s Central Intake/Access, will be returned if they are not for LTC clients. Any referrals ongoing, will be returned as declined for Geri-psychiatry.

OHC clinicians can do the below and can accept referrals for:

• Comprehensive Nursing Assessment (environmental, physical and functional)
• Recommendations
• Cognitive Screener
• Behavioral care plans

We thank you for your patience during this time. We will inform you of any future service changes as they arise.


Joanna Salken
Director, Nanaimo CHS/Oceanside Health Centre Island HealthNanaimo CHS/Oceanside Health Centre
Tel: 250-755-7691 | Local 38116

Please click here for a PDF version of this letter.

Comox Valley Direct to Endoscopy (CVDTE) program starting Nov 2nd

The Comox Valley Direct to Endoscopy (CVDTE) program will be accepting patients starting on November 2nd.

Please click here for the Introductory letter; and
click here for the Fillable PDF referrral form

The referral form will be available through the providers EMR in the next 4-12 weeks.

November Interactive Webinar: Substance Use

November Interactive Webinar: Substance Use
The use of data to assist in proactive care of populations at risk
This is the last webinar being offered by the HDC this year. These programs are designed to help increase understanding of the practical clinical use of the HDC Discover application. November's session will focus on substance use.

Don't miss it, and be sure to spread the word to colleagues so they can learn about the benefits of HDC Discover and begin contributing.

Thank you to everyone who has attended so far - we're thrilled with the feedback we've received and will continue with further sessions in 2021.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Bruce Hobson & Dr. Bill Clifford
LOCATION: Virtual meeting via Zoom

CREDIT: 1 MAINPRO+ Group Learning Credit


  • To understand how to utilize HDC Discover in a clinical case-based quality improvement project within your practice.
  • To be able to interpret your own practice patterns, for instance in substance use, and relate to your peers and provincial trends.
  • To be able to undertake QI projects either with PSP (supported by a PSP coach, mentor), or independently using a tool such as HDC Discover. This can be done with a PSP Facilitation cycle that provides 15 hours of sessional funding.

Two sessions available:
Nov 24th 12:00 - 1:00 pm OR Nov 25th 8:00 - 9:00 am

Register online via the buttons below.
Register for Nov 24th
Register for Nov 25th

BCCPC-- CentrePoint November 2020

BC Centre for Palliative Care is a provincial non-profit organization established by the Ministry of Health to accelerate improvement in palliative care in British Columbia.

Please  please click here to view the November issue for more information on the following topics:

  • Measuring Compassionate Community impact: a webinar
  • Prioritizing ACP Barriers and Facilitators
  • Training Day(s)
  • Stories from the Heart reactions
  • Compassionate Communities Toolkit goes global
  • Partnership Opportunity
  • Events
  • Publications

Therapeutics Initiative Best Evidence Webinar REGISTRATION OPEN

TI Best Evidence Webinar Wednesday, December 9th

Please join us for the next TI Best Evidence Webinar on "Your Results Will Vary: Knowing the imprecision of medical measurements will make you a much better clinician" Details below and HERE

James McCormack received his undergraduate pharmacy degree at the University of British Columbia in 1982 and received his doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in 1986 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.He has had extensive experience, both locally and internationally, talking to health professionals and consumers about the rational use of medication, and has presented over 500 seminars on drug therapy over the last 30 years.

He focuses on shared decision-making using evidence based information and rational therapeutic principles and he is also the co-host of a very popular weekly podcast called the Best Science (BS) Medicine podcast.

Dr. Jessica Otte is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC Department of Family Practice, member of the Education Working Group of the UBC Therapeutics Initiative, and a family physician in Nanaimo, BC. She has always been passionate about helping patients find the right health care according to the evidence and their needs and values, and she practices this daily with a focus on care of the elderly and palliative care.

DATE: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
TIME: 12:00 – 13:00 Pacific Standard Time PST [UTC -7 convert to your local time]
CME CREDITS: MainPro+/MOC Section 1 credits: 1.0. You must register, attend the webinar and complete the evaluation in order to receive your certificate.

Learning Objectives
Using case examples demonstrating the imprecision of common lab measurements (potassium, HbA1c, cholesterol, and others) you will learn to:

  1. Make decisions as to whether or not a lab result has truly changed over time and when, if at all, to repeat the test
  2. Appreciate that while medical measurement imprecision is generally not fixable, it is possible to understand it and incorporate this into clinical decision-making
  3. Identify the essential interplay between analytic and biological variation

Oceanside Hospice Society

The Oceanside Hospice Society serves individuals and families experiencing end-of-life, care-giving and bereavement in the area stretching from Deep Bay to Nanoose, and west to Errington and Whiskey Creek

We strive to provide links in the continuum of care by supporting care giving at home, in hospital or the palliative care unit at Trillium and at community care facilities.

Please contact us at 250.752.6227 or visit for further information.

Divisions in the News

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