The model and methods may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but getting access to health care in Delta is still as strong as ever.
That’s the message from Geri McGrath and The Delta Division of Family Practice as its doctors and nurses continue to provide the care and support in the community.
McGrath said it’s not all virtual care and doctors are still seeing patients that need to be seen in their offices.
“The care hasn’t changed, it’s just the delivery of care that is more fluid,” McGrath said. “Doctors are still seeing patients that are needed to be seen in their clinics. The best thing to do is for people to contact their doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, reach out to one of the walk-in clinics and find out how they can book an appointment either in person or virtually.”
Examples of clinics that are taking patients in Ladner include: Ladner Centre Medical (604-940-0917) and Delta Medical Clinic (604-946-7661) or Lark Medical in Tsawwassen (778-783-3000).
McGrath said health care professionals are managing well in the community dealing with the pandemic, but also ensuring that other medical issues are being looked at and treated.
“I think overall the medical community has gotten closer supporting one another and the adaptation to changing the way they deliver has been rapid,” she said. “I’m really proud of our doctors in their willingness and commitment to provide excellent care.”
McGrath said people should also not be fearful to reach out for medical care.
“The fear the doctors have is that if people are sick or injured they will just put it off,” McGrath said. “If people feel they are sick they need to reach out.”
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reiterated that point during her provincial update on Wednesday.
“I want to reassure people that if you had diagnostic tests that you have been waiting for it is safe to go for those. It is safe to call 911 if you need that urgent medical care. Do not hesitate to call for help if you need it,” said Henry.