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Don't avoid the doctor

Fort St. John family doctors are reminding residents to keep on top of their health and in touch with their physician during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dr. Wilkie during a phone appointment with one of his patients.

Fort St. John family doctors are reminding residents to keep on top of their health and in touch with their physician during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amidst the viral panic, many residents have expressed concern and apprehension in visiting the clinic for their medical issues. In some cases, patients have been delaying or not seeking treatment for routine and chronic conditions such as COPD, diabetes, heart disease, and their mental health. 

“We want our patients to know we are still here for them, whether it’s by phone, video, or in some cases physically in person," said Josie Brekkas, clinic manager for the Fort St. John Family Practice Associates Clinic. "Patients just need to call the clinic and they will be given a prompt appointment and instructions on how to prepare for this."

Brekkas is concerned that failure to seek out their family doctor can land residents in the emergency room, which has become an issue both locally and provincially.

“We know people are a bit wary and anxious at this time about going out, but this can be avoided by scheduling a virtual health appointment with your family doctor," said Brekkas. "Your family doctor knows you and your medical history best."

Brekkas says she’s happy to see the positive feedback from residents who do embrace the digital technology available to connect with medical professionals. 

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca.