The Abbotsford Division of Family Practice connects residents with physicians! From left to right, Dr. J. Nyvall, Dr. S. Dhillon, Dr. R Parekh, Dr. S. Pawlovich.

The Abbotsford Division of Family Practice connects residents with physicians! From left to right, Dr. J. Nyvall, Dr. S. Dhillon, Dr. R Parekh, Dr. S. Pawlovich.

The Abbotsford Division of Family Practice: Connecting patients with doctors since 2009

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If you’ve been attached to a new doctor recently, chances are it was the team at Abbotsford Division of Family Practice who connected you.

“Connecting patients with much-needed physicians is one of the more critical ways that we support Abbotsford residents. It’s always rewarding to hear the relief in a patient’s voice when we call to let them know that a physician is accepting new patients,” says Marnie Griffiths, the Division’s Care Connector.

As with many communities, Abbotsford faces a significant physician shortage, and at times, residents find themselves waiting more than a year before being connected with a doctor.

Yet when it comes to healthcare, it’s crucial to get the support you need as soon as possible – becoming healthier isn’t something that can be put on hold. It’s for this reason that the limited pool of physicians available to Abbotsford residents is something that the Division takes very seriously.

“Abbotsford is a perfect community to have a family practice,” notes Denise Thandi, Member Services Leader at the Abbotsford Division and the resident go-to for all things recruitment, retention, and support. “After joining or opening a practice, physicians continue to be supported by the Division in their continuing education, business and networking opportunities to help ensure that they remain at the leading edge of care in Abbotsford.”

This year Abbotsford has been fortunate enough to see some growth in their availability of healthcare options. With nine new physicians joining the community and three new clinics opening, there are more ways than before for the Division to connect you with the care you need. Having attached 992 patients with a primary care provider or the Urgent and Primary Care Centre alone, the demand is high.

It’s more important than ever to connect with a family doctor now. Having a primary care specialist redirects patients from the emergency room, leaving more space for acute causes, such as COVID patients.

If you’re a resident of Abbotsford and do not have a doctor in our community, call the Care Connector at 604-746-3302 to be placed on our waitlist.

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