Dr. Victoria Lee speaking at the new nurse practitioner primary care clinic coming to Surrey announcement
Credit: Government of British Columbia

People and families living in Surrey will soon have access to more quality primary health-care services with the opening of a new nurse practitioner primary care clinic.

Patients can register to be attached to the clinic on Monday, August 10, which will open September  8, 2020.

The Province is launching Axis Primary Care Clinic, in collaboration with the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC, Fraser Health and the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice, to provide team-based primary care services to residents.

“Nurse practitioner primary care clinics are developed and run by nurse practitioners and are an integral part of our government’s comprehensive strategy to transform B.C.’s health-care system,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The clinics are a patient-centred solution to improving access to the everyday health care, and we know that compared to other jurisdictions in Canada, B.C. has not made the best use of nurse practitioners. The Axis Primary Care Clinic will help connect more people with the care they need, when they need it, closer to home.”

Located at 5795 176th St. in Surrey, Axis Primary Care Clinic will offer team-based primary care services to Surrey residents. This includes attaching approximately 6,800 people without a primary care provider to a nurse practitioner in the next three years.

The clinic will also provide access to primary health-care services to patients with complex medical and social needs, mental health and addictions challenges and co-ordination of specialist care.

Hours of operation will be Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When fully staffed, 10 full-time equivalent health-care staff will work at the primary care clinic, including nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and mental health clinicians.

“The Axis Primary Care Clinic would not be possible without the dedication of the Association of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC, Fraser Health, Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice and other partners,” Dix said. “We will continue our collaborative work to make sure that these clinics become an integral part of health care throughout the province.”

Once the clinic is fully operational, the B.C. government will provide annual operating funding of approximately $2 million, as well as one-time startup costs of $754,400.

This is the second nurse practitioner primary care clinic to be announced in the province under the primary care strategy. The first clinic opened in Nanaimo in June 2020.

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