DR. PETER HENLEY RETIREMENT
I am writing to inform you about my upcoming plans for retirement from Three Lakes Medical Clinic after 13 years of Family Medical Practice in Canada.
I am retiring on April 30th 2023. I will of course be continuing to provide your care in the meantime.
I have worked hard to try to find a replacement for my practice but unfortunately I have been unsuccessful for the majority of my patients.
I have been able to find an alternative Family Doctor for my most vulnerable patients. These people will be notified and their charts transferred accordingly.
In the meantime, the rest of my patients should look for an alternative physician, you can do this by visiting the Pathways Medical Directory, contacting Health Link BC, BC College of Family Physicians, visiting the local walk-in clinic/urgent primary care center or indeed asking family and friends for recommendations. Click on the links above if you choose to go down this route.
Unfortunately, the physicians within the office have full medical lists and will understandably, not be able to take on any further patients onto their lists.
ALL PATIENT RECORDS WILL BE STORED AND TRANSFERRED WITH MEDRECORDS, A NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION. WE RECOMMEND THAT ALL PATIENTS TRANSFER OR RETAIN A COPY OF THEIR RECORDS FOR THEIR NEW PHYSICIAN. TO TRANSFER A COPY OF YOUR RECORD PLEASE VISIT MEDRECORDS.CA
I am sure this is not the greatest surprise for my patients given that Jeanette, my wife, retired some time ago and we both felt that this was time for me to follow suit. It has been a privilege to be your family physician over the years, following our arrival in Canada and I wish you and your family the best of health in the future.
Dr. Pete Henley
BC COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION PLAN
For current information about COVID 19 immunization/boosters and flu shots please look at the BC Get Vaccinated website
Please register and then book on line, by phone or at a Service BC office near to you. For details how to register click here
Caring for Kids ( also Canadian Paediatricians) also has good information in a Q&A format on their website including the rare side effect of myocarditis.
A link to an information sheet for parents of children between 5 and 11 regarding the vaccine from Doctors of BC.
A position statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society about vaccinations for children and adolescents.
For a statement about pregnancy and vaccination from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada , please read here
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and BC's immunization plan please look at the BCCDC website here
Another helpful site for vaccine information is Doctors of BC, it has more answers to commonly asked questions.
For answers about 8 vaccines myths- see here!
Thank you for your patience, and please continue to do all you can to prevent spread of the virus even after vaccination , to keep you and your loved ones safe.
This means wearing a mask when you’re out, staying six feet from others, limiting contacts and washing your hands frequently.
LETTER TO PATIENTS ABOUT REOPENING THE OFFICE
As you will be aware, British Columbia is beginning a phased plan to slowly open up again, with businesses and services working in new ways compared to how they worked before the arrival of COVID.
This is only possible because we have all followed the instructions of Dr. Bonnie Henry, in particular physical distancing, hand washing and staying at home as much as possible.
COVID has not gone away, but the risk of one of us catching COVID and of COVID overwhelming healthcare has reduced.
It is very important that we go through these next steps cautiously and safely, so that the risk of overwhelming healthcare and the risk of you catching COVID do not both increase dramatically. It is important that you continue to follow the measures that Dr. Henry advises; it is through all of our behaviour that we will prevent COVID cases rising again.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will start provision of a slowly increasing amount of in- person healthcare in our offices and provide some of the routine healthcare that could be safely suspended at the beginning of this pandemic, such as screening, through a stepwise plan. This plan will only progress as long as the risk of COVID to all of us remains low.
In the first instance, we will continue to see patients virtually, via video or on the telephone. Where we deem it necessary, not just for urgent conditions or conditions we couldn’t diagnose without doing a physical examination, but for some examinations needed for chronic diseases or some screening for example—face to face care will now occur in our own offices.
The reasons we will not see everyone in-person are as follows:
● We have to continue to reduce COVID risk in our offices through physical distancing, which will reduce the amount of people we can have in our office at any one time.
● The risk of COVID has not gone away—consequently, the regional Health Authorities require us to wear PPE (masks and eye protection) during all in-person encounters. PPE remains in short supply worldwide—therefore we have to be economical with its usage.
● We have to clean our exam rooms frequently and thoroughly to ensure you are not at risk of catching COVID from your visit- this will reduce the number of people we can see in our office each day.
● We know that virtual care is safe and effective in a number of conditions and welcomed by a number of our patients as more convenient.