Terrace will be home to one of 14 new internationally-trained doctors under a program to provide better primary care in rural and remote regions.
Northern Health’s medical director for the area, Dr. Geoffrey Appleton, says the new general practitioner is the second family doctor recruited to the city recently.
Appleton says the addition of another physician will be a big help, noting that the community has been low on family docs.
The new G.P. is part of the first group to participate in the Practice Ready Assessment pilot program which sees doctors pair up with a B.C. physicians that evaluate their skills. Those that are successful commit to practice for at least three years in a rural community in need.
Appleton says Terrace, with its excellent recreation and lifestyle opportunities, has caught the eye of other potential recruits.
Appleton says he’s hopeful that most, if not all, of the prospective doctors will choose to come to Terrace.
Other northern BC communities receiving doctors under the program include Dawson Creek, McBride, Quesnel, and Hazelton. Houston is on the list for the next group of PRA candidates.
As for filling the vacant urologist position in Terrace, Dr. Appleton says a prospective candidate will visit at the end of this month. A second urologist is also interested in planning a site visit the area in October. If both of those fall through, Appleton says coverage will be arranged by urologists from Prince George, who would likely come to Terrace one week a month.