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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. Member's Summer Social - August 5th
  2. Oceanside PCN
  3. First Nation Engagement and Shared Care
  4. BC Cancer is excited to launch the Lung Screening Program
  5. UpToDate Contract Renewal
  6. Rx for Health
  7. Therapeutics Initiative
  8. Self-Management BC
  9. Oceanside Hospice Society
  10. Divisions Dispatch
  11. Divisions in the News

Member's Summer Social - August 5th

Central Island Division of Family Practice members and their guests are invited to our 1st annual summer social BBQ, featuring catering by Smokin' George's BBQ, and & Lion's Club cash bar!

BBQ will take place on Friday, August 5th starting at 6:00pm. Paid hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those that need accommodation nearby. We would love to see you all and show you our new location at the historic Qualicum Beach Train Station, located at 198 Sunningdale Road W., Qualicum Beach.

A variety of dishes will be on the menu, including vegetarian options.

Please RSVP as early as possible to Jill Skuse at

Oceanside PCN

Health Connect Registry (HCR): The latest Ministry of Health attachment data (April 2022) reports that 370 new patients have self-registered with the HCR.  This brings Oceanside’s count up to approximately 6,800 patients who are waiting for a primary care provider.  Based on the latest Oceanside total population count (approximately 53,000 (Census 2021)), this equates to approximately 12.83% of our population requesting a primary care provider.  Attachment: PCN providers attached a total of 71 net new patients during April 2022.

Team-based care: The fourth RN-in-practice has been hired.  Onboarding will begin in late July 2022.  Currently, we have three RNs and one pharmacist working across six practices to support PCN providers with increased access for patient care, improved quality of care, and net new patient attachment.  In the coming months, a social worker-in-practice will be mobilized to join this initiative. 

Rural patient medical home: Conversations are underway to develop a PCN clinic in rural Oceanside to address primary care attachment and access for those highly underserved populations.  A space has been leased and Ministry of Health has approved a project funding grant for tenant improvement renovations.  The clinic is expected to open in June 2023.

Priority Response Team (PRT): The PRT targets care of those with high frailty, mobility, and end-of-life issues.  Although the service is currently operating Monday – Friday, it is hoped that the PRT will eventually be staffed to support home visits over 7 days a week.

Flowerstone Family Health Clinic: Patient attachment continues.  Recruitment of a contract physician and a fee-for-service physician is ongoing.

Indigenous Health Team: Hiring is in progress for two First Nation positions.  These positions will serve both Qualicum First Nation and Snaw-naw-as First Nation.

Should you have any feedback, questions, or curiosity about becoming a PCN provider, please reach out to Kristie Lamirande, PCN Manager, at 250-203-7545 or

First Nation Engagement and Shared Care

First Nation Engagement Sessions:

Port Alberni
First Nation engagement evening was held in collaboration Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and Central Island Division on May 5 at the Alberni Athletic Hall.

Thanks to all who attended. It was a great evening. Sorry to those GPs and NPs who couldn’t make it. Tina Biello will be following up as Elders are interested in keeping the conversation going.

Lunch-and-Learns are being planned for the summer with Elders and GPs.

Cultural safety evening was held with Oceanside First Nation Elders and primary care providers on June 2 at Qualicum First Nation campground. Thanks to all who attended.

Shared Care

Oceanside Shared Care Psychiatry project is wrapping up end of June. Providers who have been involved in this project will continue on with Dr. Saffy outside of the Shared Care.

Port Alberni
Looking forward to implementing a Shared Care project in Port Alberni next. Outreach beginning to see what need and therefore what project to pursue in the area with GPs and Specialist.

BC Cancer is excited to launch the Lung Screening Program

Dear Colleague,

We are very excited to announce that BC Cancer has officially launched the first province-wide lung screening program for high-risk individuals in the country. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Canada and worldwide. In B.C., seven people die of lung cancer every day. With 70 per cent of all cases diagnosed at an advanced stage, the Lung Screening Program aims to detect lung cancer at an earlier stage, when treatment is more effective.

Lung screening involves a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scan of the lungs. To learn more about the Lung Screening Program and to access program resources for you and your patients, please visit the Health Professionals page on BC Cancer’s website:

Who is eligible for lung screening?

Lung screening is best for those who are at high-risk for lung cancer and who are not experiencing any symptoms. This includes people who are:

  • 55 to 74 years of age;
  • Currently smoking or have previously smoked; and,
  • Have a smoking history of 20 years or more.

Interested individuals can self-refer directly to the screening program. Primary care providers can encourage eligible patients to call the Lung Screening Program (1-877-717-5864) to complete a risk assessment over the phone to confirm their screening eligibility. A fax referral option is also available (referral form accessible through the above Health Professionals link).

Role of primary care providers

Primary care providers play an important role in the Lung Screening Program, including:

  • Supporting patients with their decision making, and recommending lung screening when appropriate;
  • Providing smoking cessation pharmacotherapy support; and,
  • Providing follow-up for incidental findings and support for abnormal results.

We encourage primary care providers to invite eligible participants to screen through the organized lung screening program, rather than through ad-hoc referrals for diagnostic lung CT scans. By participating in the program, participants will be referred appropriately for follow-up and receive recall notices when they are next due.

We look forward to your participation and support with the Lung Screening Program. If you have questions or comments about the program, please contact Joanne Solmundson at


Dr. Stephen Lam, Medical Director
BC Cancer Lung Screening

Janette Sam, Operations Director
BC Cancer Lung Screening

UpToDate Contract Renewal

Sent on behalf of Alana Godin, Director, Primary and Community Care Transformation, Doctors of BC

Good afternoon Divisions of Family Practice Physician Leads, Executive Directors and Administrators,

Since 2012, the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) has contracted with Wolters Kluwer (UpToDate) to provide free access to the point-of-care clinical resource to Divisions of Family Practice members. We are happy to announce that a contract has been secured for another three year’s access, running until March 31, 2025.

UpToDate is a subscription-based online clinical decision support resource that provides physicians with clear clinical guidance to complex questions with the latest evidence and best practices. UpToDate is available via desktop or mobile. The award-winning platform offers more than 10,000 peer-reviewed topics in 21 specialties from both Canadian and international authors, as well as drug information, medical calculators, and patient information sheets. All UpToDate topic searches are CME eligible for registered users.

GPSC has also partnered with the Specialists Services Committee (SSC) to expand access to community-based specialists, and we will also continue to offer the online clinical resources to BC Medical Students and Residents at no charge. Community-based specialists will access this resource by requesting access through SSC staff.

More information about accessing UpToDate can be found on the website. If you have any technical questions about your members accessing UpToDate through the divisions website, please contact Maria Chessari. UpToDate customer service can be reached here.

Alana Godin, Director, Primary and Community Care Transformation
Supporting the Joint Collaborative Committees
T 250 218 3924   TF 1 800 665 2262

Rx for Health

A great way to get patients started with physical activity and social connection. Ideal for the whole family, the Rx for health offers $40 off the registration of an RDN Recreation Activity or Active Pass..

Please click here for the RX for Health Package.

Please click here for a poster for your office.

Therapeutics Initiative

Please visit our website (click here

Therapeutics Letter (click here)

This is a bimonthly publication targeting identified problematic therapeutic issues in a brief, simple and practical manner. The process leading up to publication involves a rigorous, systematic literature review by different working groups of the Therapeutics Initiative, the creation of a draft which is circulated for comment among a sizeable group of over 100 local, national and international specialists with expertise in the particular therapeutic area and the commission of original artwork/illustration. The message is developed collaboratively by different working groups of the Therapeutics Initiative. The current Editor in Chief is Dr. Tom Perry, Chair of the Education Working Group of the Therapeutics Initiative.

Self-Management BC

Please note that workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis throughout the year. For more information, please click here

In addition to our 6-week Self-Management Workshops, we offer the following:

  • Self-Management Health Coach Program: this is a 1 to 1 telephone support program for individuals needing the extra support to achieve health goals. Each individual is paired with a coach and receives a weekly, 30-minute phone call for 3 to 6 months. Coaches are volunteers who may be living with chronic health conditions, and are passionate to help others to achieve wellness. For more information, please click here.  

If you have any questions regarding our programs, please email us at:

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 Dispatch

The latest news from the provincial team and complementary organizations.

Divisions in the News

See what is going on in other divisions around BC:


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