First, Island Health, the South Island Division of Family Practice, the District of Sooke, and West Coast Family Medical Clinic are conducting a survey about opportunities to see a doctor in Sooke. Please click here to complete the survey, it should take less than 2 minutes.
Second, The District of Sooke is also hosting an open house, where you can give your feedback and offer your ideas. Their Open House will be held on Saturday, June 16 and will run from 1pm to 4pm, at the Sooke Baptist Church at 7110 West Coast Road. Visit this District of Sooke web page here for more Open House details.
Health is on the minds of Sooke residents.
- More than 65% of respondents felt that access to medical services in Sooke was either poor or non-existent.
- Less than 40% of respondents have doctor in Sooke.
- Just under 45% of respondents have required x-ray services recently.
- Over half of the respondents found Highway 14 to be problematic in getting to a doctor’s appointment. Of the five directed questions (the last two were open ended), this one by far had the most comments, registering 107. Second highest had 42 comments. Highway 14, it appears, is in and of itself a conversation dying to be had.
- Transit is an issue. Over 90% who travel out of town for medical services do so using their own car. There’s a certain irony in travelling a perceived unsafe road to access health care.
- There were another 829 service suggestions and 406 additional comments respectively. The respondents indicate that health services improvements are a pressing issue.
Visit the past SPN article for the complete overview.
Things have been moving forward, though often in the background. The Primary Health Care Services Working Group (PHCSWG) was formed in late 2013, and has tackled a multitude of community health needs, including:
- Physician recruitment
- Improved medical imaging services (X-ray and ultrasound)
- Sooke X-Ray Briefing Document 2016 (In late 2017, West Coast Medical Imaging improved the X-Ray technology available in Sooke)
- Collaborating on research and programming regarding the support needs of senior citizens.
- Advocacy for continued support of existing health infrastructure.
- Hosting two community forums to collect input on community needs, and share resources.
- Bringing together multiple stakeholders to advance the issue of improved Primary Health Care in the region, and explore the possibility of a Primary Health Care Centre.
Forever inching forward on local health matters, SPN urges readers to both respond to the two minute Sooke Clinic survey, and to attend the upcoming open house on June 16.