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Last updated: July 6, 2023
If you live in British Columbia and need a family doctor or nurse practitioner, register for the Health Connect Registry.
On this page:
- Register to get a doctor or nurse practitioner
- How to register in other languages
- Who should register
- What happens next
- I need help
When you register, you are added to a list of people in need of a primary care provider in your community. Family doctors and nurse practitioners will use the list when they are available to accept new patients.
Registration takes less than 5 minutes. You need to provide:
- Personal Health Number (PHN), found on your BC Services Card
- Home address
- Email address and phone number
Call 8-1-1 to register for the Health Connect Registry in languages other than English.
Translation services are available in over 130 languages.
After dialing 8-1-1, you will be connected with an English-speaking health service navigator. To get service in another language, simply state the language you need support in (for example, say “Punjabi”), and an interpreter who speaks that language will join the call.
If you live in B.C. and need a family doctor or nurse practitioner, you can register. You can register yourself and your family members. You can also register on behalf of a person in your care, for example, you may be a healthcare provider or social worker.
If you’re already on a waitlist at your local clinic, you do not need to register. Primary care provider waitlists at all clinics and community health services in B.C. are transitioning to the Health Connect Registry. You will be contacted directly about your registration. You will maintain your original waitlist registration date.
Prior to July 2023, the Health Connect Registry was available in participating communities only. If you’re already on the Health Connect Registry, you do not need to re-register now that it’s available province-wide. You will be contacted when a primary care provider is available.
If you already have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, you don’t need to register.
When a provider in your area becomes available, the team in your community will contact you to get matched. They may also contact you for more information.
To learn more about next steps and how to manage your registration, visit After you register.
There are other healthcare options available while you wait to get matched with a primary care provider. Find local health services and supports available in communities across B.C.
Contact us if you have questions or need help registering.
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A health service navigator will help you find the information you are looking for or transfer you to a registered nurse, registered dietitian, licensed pharmacist or qualified exercise professional.
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