It was the grand opening of a new health care space at the Fort St. John Medical Clinic on Thursday.It features a new office, examination room, accessible washroom, and meeting room.

The focus of the new facility was the meeting room, which is big enough to house group medical appointments, of up 20 people or more.

Dr. Becky Temple is one of the doctors providing the group appointments, which she says started out a few years ago for just diabetics, but have expanded to serve people with all kinds of other chronic diseases, as well as menopause, depression, and anxiety.

She says the sessions have proven to a positive therapeutic experience. [asset|aid=1385|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e1463e75b639c7b9d8c9ed45be17309c-Temple-1_1_Pub.mp3]

Likewise, Shirley Mather, a patient at the clinic, says dealing with her health problems in a group atmosphere has been invaluable. [asset|aid=1386|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e1463e75b639c7b9d8c9ed45be17309c-Shirley-sharing_1_Pub.mp3]

Dr. Temple points out, no-one has to attend group appointments, as individual appointments are always offered.

To find out more about group medical appointments, call the Fort St. John Medical Clinic, at (250) 785-6677.