From the offices of Drs.
Lane, Fretz, Minish, Block, and Farwaha.
Happy Spring from Arbutus Family Medicine!
Please note that our office will be closed for the Easter holiday: April 2-5, 2021.
Reminder, if you currently have any symptoms of Covid-19, stay home, and complete the BC Self-Assessment tool or call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse regarding your symptoms. If you simply need a Covid Test, you may schedule one by calling the Covid Testing Line at 1-844-901-8442.
Welcome Dr. Agnes Hsu!
Please help us give a warm welcome to Dr. Agnes Hsu, who will be joining our office in April. She will be taking over Dr. Martin Lane’s practice.
Our New Health Nurse
Arbutus Family Medicine has added a health Nurse to our care team! We want to provide a pro-active approach to ensure that each of our patients are up to date with the recommended health screening tests that have been shown to save lives. So you might be getting a call soon from Richelle, our new nurse, who will review with you which screening tests you may be due for and help you to arrange the next steps ( eg. stool FIT testing for colon cancer, Mammograms, PAP smears, CT scans for patients with a heavy smoking history etc.).
COVID Vaccine Update
British Columbia is currently into Phase 2 of the Covid Immunization Plan. Click on the link for details of the Plan as it unfolds.
For questions regarding the Covid vaccine, see Island Health’s Covid-19 vaccine FAQs.
If you're a senior born in 1941 or earlier or an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) person born in 1956 or earlier and you don't live in independent living/senior’s housing, click here to find out WHEN & HOW to book a vaccine appointment over the phone.
We are getting a lot of questions about the fast-tracking of vaccinations for those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. Please read this information that tells you step-by-step what you need to do, before you call our offices. You can find the link here.
We encourage you to book your telephone appointment online at https://www.arbutusfamilymedicine.ca/
TIP: when prompted for your “BC Identification”, enter your BC Personal Health Number on the back of your BC Services Card. Your phone number or email must match the one we have on file for you.
Check out our website for other FAQs and Previous Updates!
We are going to get through this, but we understand this has been a long tiring journey that isn’t over yet. HANG IN THERE! We all need to keep doing our part and take care of ourselves. If you are struggling emotionally, PLEASE REACH OUT! We are here to help.
Here are some great Resources - check out: virtual mental health resources
If you currently have any symptoms of Covid-19, stay home, and complete the BC Self-Assessment tool or call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse regarding your symptoms. If you simply need a Covid Test, you may schedule one by calling the Covid Testing Line at 1-844-901-8442.