New Gabriola health and wellness website connects you with the services you need

Nancy Rowan

Gabriola Chapter Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Tuesday, July 28 2015

 

Which health, social support and home support services are available on Gabriola Island? How do I access the services I need? How do I navigate the complex set of services available? 

These types of questions were a recurring theme at the public Health Care Forum on Primary Care Services held at the Haven in January of 2015. 

We heard you! 

And, in response to your concerns, the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice (RRDoFP), Gabriola Chapter partnered with the People for a Healthy Community (PHC) to provide the community with an electronic database of services available on Gabriola Island. 

“With support from the RRDoFP we have been able to upgrade and enhance our paper based directory of services and make it easily accessible to the entire community,” says Brenda Fowler, Executive Director of the PHC. 

It is important to note that FETCH is a compilation of existing community resources and is not a recommendation or endorsement by the RRDoFP or PHC. 

Islanders can access the data base called “FETCH” (For Everything that is Community Health) at www.gabriola.fetch.ca

Here information will be found on physician and medical clinics, mental health and wellness, allied health care, home services and support, seniors, food, family life and low income support. 

Just click on the heading and a drop down menu will give out the information islanders are looking for. 

If a health or wellness service isn’t listed, there is a place on the website to request that the service be listed.

While the FETCH data base lists a wide variety of services, some people will need professional help in navigating the system. 

“That is why,” commented Dr. Francois Bosman, “the RRDoFP applied for and received ‘A GP for Me’ grant to engage a community social worker.” 

Working from the Gabriola Medical Clinic and the PHC, social worker Angela Thompson is available to assists patients and clients access the resources they need.

The RRDoFP looks forward to continuing to partner with community agencies and Island Health to improve primary health care services on Gabriola Island.