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Family doctors

Is this an emergency?

Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room right away for life-threatening illnesses or injuries, including symptoms of a heart attack

Visit our emergency care page to find more specific contact information for physical and mental health resources.


How do I find a family doctor?

Family doctors are also known as general practitioners or primary care physicians. They help you look after your everyday health needs on a regular basis. A strong primary care system, centered on continuous doctor-patient relationships, leads to the best health outcomes for patients.

Here are some suggestions and options to find a family doctor in your community: 

  • College of Physician and Surgeons of BC - Physician Directory

  • Divisions of Family Practice 

    Choose your local division. Many divisions offer a service to connect patients to a family doctor.

  • HealthLink BC

    Call 8-1-1 (If you are hearing impaired, call 7-1-1) for a free, 24-hour telephone service, staffed by registered nurses, pharmacists and dieticians. HealthLink BC will work with you to determine if there is a physician attachment service in your community.

  • Ask your family or friends to introduce you to their own family doctor. Sometimes a doctor may take you on as a referral from an existing patient.

  • If you are visiting another health care provider, such as a specialist, ask them if they know of any family doctors that are accepting patients.

  • If you are visiting a walk-in clinic, ask the doctor if they would be willing to take you on as a patient.

Community health centres

Community health centres (CHC) provide a range of health care services in a single location, including access to public and community health nurses, mental health and addiction counsellors, dental clinics for children, speech therapists, nutritionists, youth drop-in health clinics and more. 

Find a CHC near you


Walk-in clinics

If you have a health concern that is not an emergency, and you do not yet have a family doctor, walk-in clinics provide non-emergency health care services on a drop-in basis. 

Find a walk-in clinic near you


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