The Oceanside Health Centre is finally getting a doctor.
The $17-million centre opened in June with an x-ray clinic and a lab, absorbing two businesses that used to operate elsewhere in Parksville.
Now, starting Sept. 30, it will offer the services of a doctor: Marlene van der Weyde, a family physician from the Elderwood Medical Clinic in Qualicum Beach.
VIHA announced Monday that she is moving her practice to the OHC and is accepting new patients.
"I am excited to be joining the Oceanside Health Centre team," Dr. van der Weyde said in a news release. "My existing and new patients will now have access to a team of health care professionals, including myself, a nurse practitioner and a counsellor.
"Our patients will be part of an integrated health network which will support better access to other health-care services such as seniors' health, diabetes education, mental health programs, healthy heart programs, home care and wound care services," Dr. van der Weyde said.
Island Health (VIHA) says Dr. van der Weyde is one of up to four new physicians who will eventually provide team-based primary care services in the OHC.
Initially, primary care services will available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Clinic hours are to later expand to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays.
"We have tremendous interest from members of the public who want to be part of the team-based, integrated primary care practice in the Oceanside Health Centre," said Dr. Bob Burns, Island Health's Executive Medical Director.
Enrolment forms for primary care are available at the OHC reception, and at www.viha.ca/locations/oceanside.htm.
Oceanside residents without a family doctor will be given first priority, followed by Oceanside residents with a family doctor outside the community.
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