Health Matters is published by Calgary and area PrimaryCare Networks (PCNs) to give you information about theprograms, services and health teams available to youthrough your family doctor.
Founded more than 10 years ago, PCNs work with teamsof other healthcare professionals, as well as offer programssuch as Prescription to Get Active and Find-a-Doctor.
Health Matters, Fall 2018 Issue publication team:
Shelley Boettcher, Terry Bullick, Jessica Hone, Cory Leyte,Dr. Christine Luelo, Colleen Seto, Brett Tiesmaki,Chrissie Worth, Shelly Wright
Colleen Biondi, Jimi Scherer, Colleen Seto,George WebberCover photo by George Webber. Thanks to the LakeBonavista Promenade and the South Calgary PCNwalking group.
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CALGARY AND AREA
TWO HEALTH MATTERS FALL 2018
Primary care when you need it
You wake up sick or in pain, but can’t seeyour doctor. What now? The Primary CareCentre (PCC) offers same-day, seven-day-a-week appointment services for patients inimmediate need. The Calgary West CentralPCN opened the centre in response to theneed for primary care services beyond thetypical hours of most family practice clinics.
“Evidence suggests the best possible healthoutcomes happen through care providedby a family physician, supported by otherhealthcare providers,” says Cory Smith, thePrimary Care Centre’s manager of clinicoperations. “The Primary Care Centre offersaccess to care for patients when they can’tbe seen by their family doctor, but thenpromptly returns that care back to the familydoctor for continuity of care.” Notes fromPCC appointments are sent immediately tothe patient’s doctor, a feature not availablethrough the emergency or walk-in systems.
Patients can also be referred to the PrimaryCare Centre’s senior services clinic, socialworkers and a 24-hour blood pressuremonitoring service. By providing an alternativeto walk-in clinics and accepting less-urgentpatients diverted from the Rockyview GeneralHospital’s emergency department, the PrimaryCare Centre prevents nearly 1,000 patientsper month from delaying care or not seekingcare at all.
Patients of Calgary West Central PCNcan access the PCC by referral from theirfamily physician, via Health Link (811) orthrough the emergency department ofRockyview General Hospital.