How do I find a family doctor or nurse practitioner?
If you do not currently have a primary care provider:
While Northern Health does not maintain a list of doctors or nurse practitioners accepting new patients, we do offer the following suggestions for finding a family doctor or nurse practitioner:
- If you live in British Columbia and need a family doctor or nurse practitioner, register for the Health Connect Registry.
- When you register, you are added to a centralized registry of primary care providers across your community.
- Registration takes less than 10 minutes. You need to provide:
- Personal Health Number (PHN), found on your BC Services Card
- Home address
- Email address and phone number
- Some communities are also using Pathways; you can search your community to see if any doctors are accepting new patients.
- Your local Division of Family Practice may also be able to provide you with information about finding a family doctor or nurse practitioner.
- Check our list of Medical Clinics. If we have one in your community, please call them for information.
- You can also ask family and friends to check if their family care provider would add you to their practice.
If you need primary care and don't currently have a provider:
- Call the Northern Health Virtual Primary and Community Care Clinic at 1-844-645-7811. The Virtual Clinic provides services to people who don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner or people who need care on weekends, after their health centre is closed, or are unable to travel to receive care due to seasonal weather. (Patients with a family doctor are encouraged to call them, first, or visit the urgent and primary care centre in your community.)