Office Manager Lisa Goodland admits there has been an increase in business as residents struggle to secure a family doctor.
“The patients who come here have certainly noticed a difference. We’re much busier than we normally are. We’re starting to book patients five to six weeks, in advance. It’s very difficult to get an appointment, so many people are using the walk-in clinic to get prescription re-fills…anything that we would normally require an appointment.”
Based on the fact, communities, like Taylor, don’t have a doctor, ABC is seeing is serving a broader population. Goodland says it’s not uncommon to have patients driving in from Dawson Creek.
As for staffing, she says they’ve been fortunate in only one doctor has left to return to South Africa. A second doctor, receiving training in Vancouver, is expected to return in July.