Health Matters is published by Calgary and area Primary
Care Networks (PCNs) to give you information about the
programs, services and health teams available to you
through your family doctor.
Founded more than 10 years ago, PCNs work with teams
of other healthcare professionals, as well as offer programs
such 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,
Cover photo by George Webber. Thanks to the Lake
Bonavista Promenade and the South Calgary PCN
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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 see
your doctor. What now? The Primary Care
Centre (PCC) offers same-day, seven-day-a-week appointment services for patients in
immediate need. The Calgary West Central
PCN opened the centre in response to the
need for primary care services beyond the
typical hours of most family practice clinics.
“Evidence suggests the best possible health
outcomes happen through care provided
by a family physician, supported by other
healthcare providers,” says Cory Smith, the
Primary Care Centre’s manager of clinic
operations. “The Primary Care Centre offers
access to care for patients when they can’t
be seen by their family doctor, but then
promptly returns that care back to the family
doctor for continuity of care.” Notes from
PCC appointments are sent immediately to
the patient’s doctor, a feature not available
through the emergency or walk-in systems.
Patients can also be referred to the Primary
Care Centre’s senior services clinic, social
workers and a 24-hour blood pressure
monitoring service. By providing an alternative
to walk-in clinics and accepting less-urgent
patients diverted from the Rockyview General
Hospital’s emergency department, the Primary
Care Centre prevents nearly 1,000 patients
per month from delaying care or not seeking
care at all.
Patients of Calgary West Central PCN
can access the PCC by referral from their
family physician, via Health Link (811) or
through the emergency department of
Rockyview General Hospital.