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August 8, 2019 ‘It was great to get the call’: Nova Scotia patients pleased with Need A Family Practice registry, collaborative care experiences

By Deidre Taylor


When Wendy Brenton moved back to Truro after 25 years, first living in Ontario and then the United States, she called her previous family doctor to see if he would be willing to accept her as a patient again.

“Understandably, he couldn’t take me back, since he was planning to retire soon.”

She called a number of family practices, and her sister told her to add her name to the Need a Family Practice registry.

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February 13, 2019 New primary health care centre celebrated in Shelburne and seen as important recruitment tool

By Kathy Johnson

(Published in the Tri-county Vanguard)


There is good reason to celebrate the new primary heath care centre in Sandy Point, which has already attracted one primary health care provider to the area and has just upped Shelburne’s game for physician recruitment.

The opening of the $3-million facility was celebrated during an open house on Feb. 12.

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January 15, 2019 'The list worked for us': New Cumberland County residents become collaborative family practice patients through provincial registry

By Deidre Taylor


Elmer and Gladys Dow moved to the Parrsboro area from Barrie, Ont., last January to care for his mother, who was 103 years old.

When applying for a Nova Scotia MSI card from Access Nova Scotia, he asked about finding a family doctor, and was directed to sign up with NSHA’s Need a Family Practice registry.

Also new to Nova Scotia and without a primary care provider, Kathy and Jim Kurchak moved to Springhill from Winnipeg to retire.

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September 12, 2018 Brazilian nurse practitioner finds sense of community in Digby

 By Preston Mulligan

(Published by CBC News)


When Gabriela Vellego drove off the ferry last summer and into Digby, N.S., with her husband and three-year-old son in tow, she knew instantly this would be her new home.

Her family had been living outside Montreal and were looking forward to an East Coast vacation. She had no idea that vacation would become such a turning point in her life.

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September 7, 2018 Need a Family Practice registry aids Windsor collaborative practice in adding 1,500 patients

When Dr. Amanda MacDonald and a fellow doctor initially opened their Windsor medical practice four years ago, there was a lineup of would-be patients stretching around the building and down the block on opening day.

“For the first couple of weeks it was utter mayhem,” she said.

Soon after, the clinic was left with a waiting list they maintained in-house and referred to as they were able to take on new patients.

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August 19, 2018 New collaborative care clinic opens in Windsor

By Colin Chisholm

(Published in the Chronicle Herald)


Patients seeking a family doctor in the Windsor area may be in luck, with a new collaborative care clinic opening its doors.

Dr. Martina Babin is one of soon-to-be two general practitioners at the Avon Medical Clinic.

“A big part of setting up here in Windsor is the fact that it’s just outside of the city, but not quite a city,” Babin said.

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July 11, 2018 Building and strengthening primary health care

By Deidre Taylor 

(Published in Nova Scotia Health's 2017/18 Annual Report)


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March 6, 2018 Sydney doctor switches to collaborative practice, takes on new patients

By Wendy Martin

(Published by CBC News)


Collaborative model allowing Dr. Steven MacDougall to take on as many as 40 new patients a month

A longtime doctor in Sydney, N.S., is accepting as many as 40 new patients a month from the provincial doctor wait list after switching his practice to a collaborative model.

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