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The After Hours advantage

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

You’re sick and can’t get in to see your doctor. Waiting in emergency or a walk-in clinic for hours doesn’t sound like an appealing option.

The Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network’s After Hours Clinic is an urgent care centre available to patients living in northwest Calgary and Cochrane who need to be seen within 24 hours.

You can access the clinic by phoning HealthLink at 403-943-LINK (5465), where a nurse will assess your symptoms and recommend appropriate care. Your family doctor can also refer you when they have no appointments available.

Nowel Parsons, clinic manager at After Hours, says that busy emergency rooms don’t need to see patients with strep throat or minor injuries. “That’s a service we can provide,” he says.

The After Hours Clinic is open, by appointment, weekdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and on weekends and stat holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on the Calgary Foothills Primary Care ­Network visit www.cfpcn.ca.

—by Laura Lushington, Calgary Foothills PCN

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Finding a family physician

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Are you in need of a family doctor?

The Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network (PCN) has a service that can help. Created in May 2009, the Calgary Foothills PCN web registry is designed to address the health needs of people in northwest Calgary and Cochrane without a family doctor and provide them with increased access to health care services in the community.

The secure online form is one step towards assisting thousands of people without a family doctor. While the ultimate goal is to find a doctor for those who register, the PCN also uses the information collected to plan and offer other health services specific to those residing in northwest Calgary and Cochrane. Depending on your health needs, the PCN may offer programs or services of benefit to you while you wait for a family doctor to become available.

Information collected includes how long and why people don’t have a family doctor, what medical resources people use to stay healthy, and what (if any) chronic conditions need attention.

The web registry form is available online at www.cfpcn.ca by clicking on the “Need A Doctor” link. Those without Internet access or who are otherwise unable to complete the online form can contact the PCN at 403-284-3726.

Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network is an arrangement between a group of family physicians and Alberta Health Services–Calgary, to provide primary care services to patients living in northwest Calgary and Cochrane. For more information on the programs offered through the PCN, visit www.cfpcn.ca.

—by Laura Lushington, Calgary Foothills PCN