Northern Health recruits for internal medicine specialists in Fort St. John


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to Northern Health’s Chief Operating Officer for the northeast region, there are specialists leaving, but also physicians coming to the communities in the region.“At any given time, there are physicians leaving and coming to our community,” said Angela de Smit, with Northern Health. “At this time, we do have a couple of physicians from the private practices that are leaving, but we also have hired on two replacement GPs who will be replacing them in their offices.”Northern Health typically doesn’t disclosed the names of doctors, as it is the responsibility of the physicians to notify their patients three months ahead to their departure.- Advertisement -She details the upcoming departures and arrivals of doctors to this region, which include a general surgeon who is set to be in Fort St. John at the end of April. De Smit added that a third psychiatrist has just arrived and will start their practice in mid-April after their exams are done.She said this is the first time Fort St. John has had three psychiatrists at one time, but that could be short-lived as another psychiatrist will be leaving on June 1.A pediatrician recently started in the North Peace earlier this month, in a permanent position, and an obstetrician has signed on to arrive in next two months.Advertisement De Smit remarked that Tumbler Ridge is ‘doing well,’ as is Fort Nelson, whose fifth physician has just arrived.On the other hand, Hudson’s Hope saw their last physician leave today. Until July, a physician from Fort St. John will be covering for the community until another physician is found.In Dawson Creek, more physicians have joined the team to work in-office. An obstetrician has been successfully recruited, and they will be there once their immigration papers are completed. The City also has their two orthopedic surgeons, and general surgeons. Dawson Creek’s internal medicine specialist will also be leaving June 1, and Northern Health continues to recruit for this. Northern Health is still recruiting for a GP, as well.In Fort St. John, de Smit said there are about 25 physicians, but the number is hard to count because it varies widely what the physicians are doing. De Smit confirmed, however, that both of Fort St. John’s internal medicine specialists have now left, and it is Northern Health’s priority to find replacements.She said their northeast physician recruiter is heading to a internal medicine conference, to hopefully recruit some new specialists. One of the specialists had expertise in cardiac, but she said they will be recruiting based on a comprehensive skill set, to handle a broad range of expertise for patients here in Fort St. John.“When we’re recruiting, we’ll be recruiting for internal medicine, and the next one may come with a sub-specialty in respiratory systems or they may have a sub-specialty in cardiac. It’s not a requirement that they have to have a sub-speciality in cardiac to come to the northeast.”In Chetwynd, a fourth physician has just started this week, and a fifth one is expected to arrive in late summer, after their exams are completed.Advertisementlast_img

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