Two new family medicine physicians will fill vacancies in early 2022, in the community of Grande Cache, according to Alberta Health Services.
This comes after the news that the current family medicine physicians are retiring, effective March 1st of 2022. The physicians will go through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Practice Readiness Program prior to practicing in the community.
2 of the 5 doctors are retiring from family practice, one of which will still provide limited care in the Emergency Room department. With the retirement of 2, the existing clinic is not able to continue fiscally. Of the other 3 physicians, one has decided to relocate, one has applied to expand their type of practice, and the other is staying within the community to work in the ER.
The new physicians may be ready to start seeing patients as soon as next summer.
Between March of 2022 and the summer, AHS says it can bring in temporary physicians as well as physicians from other communities to ensure coverage in the Grande Cache community.