“We are aware that (the two) physicians have made the choice to leave the community, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours,” said Dyck.
The departure of Drs. Pieter and Jana de Bruyn from the Fort St. John Medical Clinic will put a further strain on already stretched physician resources in the community, but Dyck says Northern Health will continue to work collaboratively with the North Peace Division of Family Practice Physicians in Fort St. John.
“We will have five new physicians joining the team at the Fort St. John Primary Care Clinic by Sept. 2015,” he said. “They will join the full-time physician and nurse practitioner who are already in place.”
Northern Health understands that there are challenges facing the community members in Fort St. John and they are just as concerned as residents, according to Dyck.
“We are working hard in partnership to stabilise primary care services in the community.”
For patients who do not have a family doctor, Dyck says that there are services available at the Fort St. John Primary Care Clinic (formerly the called the Unattached Patient Clinic), the Prenatal Clinic and emergency services at the hospital as required.