A doctor in Sparwood says they need more help to be able to provide primary care to every resident in the community.
Dr. Tara Pigott is the lead physician at the local medical clinic and says the district is being chronically under-serviced.
Currently, there are three full time doctors staffing the facility with one of them covering the Emergency Room and urgent care patients.
This leaves two physicians to provide primary care to all of Sparwood according to Dr. Pigott.
She says approximately 1,700, or 45 per cent of the population, are not attached to their local clinic because they can’t get a doctor.
“Even if they wanted a physician in their home community, they are unable to,” Pigott suggests. “We have a wait-list, but we also have a number of residents who just travel out of town for medical care.
Piggott is applying to Interior Health (IH) for funding to support an additional full time physician at the facility.
“We absolutely need a fourth physician, in order that we can offer any resident of Sparwood a physician in their home community if that is what they wish,” she asserts. “At this point in time, we do not have the capacity to achieve that goal.
Pigott did not go into detail about the funding being offered by IH, but says it’s a one-off opportunity to address their staffing issue.
“Sparwood is a fantastic community and we strive to offer the best services that we can and I’m sure the community will be behind me in trying to successfully get the funding.”
Pigott has also asked Sparwood District council to send a letter to IH in support of her application.
– Sparwood Medical Clinic Physician Lead Dr. Tara Pigott