Health Connect Registry, South Okanagan Similkameen
The South Okanagan Similkameen Primary Care Network team is working with clinics to help you find a primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner).
If you have not previously registered, you need a primary care provider, and you live in Princeton, Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls, Penticton, or Summerland you can now register with the Health Connect Registry. You can also register family members or a person in your care.
Important information about the Patient Attachment List (PAL)
The PAL is now part of the Health Connect Registry. Most patients have now had their registrations transferred to the Health Connect Registry.
If you had previously registered with the PAL, did not transfer your registration, and are still looking for a primary care provider, you will need to re-register with the Health Connect Registry. We will honor your original PAL registration date if you re-register on the Health Connect Registry by September 30, 2023.
About Primary Care Networks and the Health Connect Registry
PCNs are community-based networks of health care professionals and clinics who plan and deliver all day-to-day health care needs of a community. Within these networks, teams of providers work together. This way, patients receive better care, by the right person, at the right time, closer to home.
PCNs are part of the Province's Primary and Community Care Strategy to make sure you have faster and better access to the everyday health care services.
The Health Connect Registry is part of this strategy. The registry works with active PCNs who have the infrastructure in place, to help patients find a regular family doctor or nurse practitioner, because we know that having a regular provider leads to better health for you and your family.
Update Your Information
Keeping information on the Health Connect Registry up to date is important. This will help us connect you to a family doctor or nurse practitioner. If you need to update information on the Health Connect Registry for yourself, your family or person in your care, please contact HealthLink BC by dialing 8-1-1, or for the deaf and hard of hearing, dialing 7-1-1.
A HealthLink BC health service navigator will ask you for the Client ID you received when you registered and your personal health number. If you are updating information on behalf of your family or a person in your care, you will require their Client ID and personal health number to make an update.
Information on the Health Connect Registry can only be updated by phone at this time.
Health Services and Support
While you are waiting to be connected with a family doctor or nurse practitioner, please consider the following for accessing health services and support.
Call HealthLink BC
HealthLink BC provides free health information and advice any time of the day or night. Call us toll-free at 8-1-1 in B.C., or for the deaf and hard of hearing, call 7-1-1. 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. Our navigators can also help you find a health service in your community such as a walk-in clinic or urgent primary care centre. Translation services are available in over 130 languages.
Visit your local walk-in clinic
You are welcome to visit a walk-in clinic. Walk-in clinic doctors can diagnose, manage illnesses, prescribe medication, order medical tests and make referrals to specialists. Please visit our HealthLinkBC Directory to find a clinic close to where you live.
Find health services and support in your community
Search our HealthLinkBC Directory to find health services in B.C. We list all publicly-funded health, mental health and addiction treatment programs. If you need help finding a health service, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 and speak with one of our health service navigators.
Last updated: May 9, 2023
The content and resources included on this webpage have been jointly created and curated by the South Okanagan Similkameen Primary Care Network and HealthLink BC.