August at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic


Dr. Barbour’s last day of work in her medical practice, here at our clinic, will be this Friday, Aug. 4!

We had announced earlier that Dr. Barbour would retire at the end of September, but due to medical reasons, she has had to move this date forward. Dr. Barbour was a very important part of our team, and it is with heavy hearts that we say good bye. We wish her good health and happiness in her retirement.

There are no locum doctors available to help us cover our August Schedule. Dr. Fontaine is off for several more months on medical leave. We are very focused on our ongoing recruitment efforts, but once again encourage you, our patients to spread the word. In the meantime, we will continue to be CLOSED ON SUNDAYS & STAT HOLIDAYS all of August.

A reminder that only Family Practice Patients of KLMC can pre-book appointments. All other patients are seen on a walk-in or same day appointment basis.

We do not pre-book appointments on Saturday.

Please keep in mind that our team is working very hard for all of our patients. We will do our best to transition Dr. Barbour’s patients at this time. Please help us to do this by keeping your visit brief and too the point. If you have your own family doctor outside of our clinic, please do try to see them or their locum first. Our resources are maxed out right now with orphan patients, visitors, minor emergencies and our own Family Practice patients.

Please complete your part of any forms prior to coming to the appointment, so you are ready when the doctors is ready to see you. If you know you need to provide a specimen (urine sample) please do so before seeing the doctor.

Get the word out to “the powers that be” that they need to work harder and more effectively towards a better solution to the shortage of doctors – maybe more Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health support in the Primary Care Home.

If you have friends or family who are health care providers, let them know of the opportunity that exists at KLMC. We are currently hiring 3 full time doctors (who are paid by your healthcare insurance) and would like to be able to hire 1 full time Nurse Practitioner (who currently are unable to provide services in our clinic that would be paid by your BC healthcare insurance – MSP).

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July at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic

 Happy Canada Day!

We will be Closed Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.

Back to Normal Hours Monday, July 3 – 8:30-6

With the recent departure of Dr. Triffitt, and Dr. Fontaine’s unplanned medical leave, we regrettably have a very unpredictable July schedule. We will now close at 5 on Thursdays and Fridays, and will be open on Saturdays from 9:30 to 2:30.

We always recommend that you try to book in with your family doctor for non-emergency visits. We will do our very best to accommodate all drop ins, but preference will be given to our family practice patients and those who do not have their own family doctors.

We would also encourage dialogue with our provincial policy makers around the need for the introduction of other allied healthcare professionals (Nurse Practitioners) into Primary Care. The shortage of available GPs in Family Practice Medicine continues to be an ongoing issue for us all.

As of June 28, this is the coverage we have for July. Click on Calendar for larger view.

June 5 Schedule UPDATE!

Due to a family medical emergency, Dr Fontaine will be off the schedule until further notice. We do have some locum coverage, but with Dr Triffitt gone as of June 16, our schedule will be in flux.

Our apologies for the inconvenience. As of today, here is our updated June Schedule.

June at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic

It is with sad hearts that we say good-bye to Dr Dave Triffitt and his family this month, as they get ready to head back to the UK.

All of Dr Triffitt’s patients, if they choose, can continue to be seen at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic, by either Dr Tom Newth or Dr Isabelle-Anne Fontaine. Both of these doctors are currently accepting new patients into their Family Practices at our clinic. Dr Triffitt’s patients are welcome to phone or walk in, to schedule an Intro Meeting with either doctor throughout the month of June.

7 Days per Week – Your Primary Healthcare Home!

We want to Share Our Great News –

Dr. Isabelle-Anne Fontaine and Dr. Tom Newth are now Accepting New Patients

at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic. 

You can find out more by going to the Family Practice tab on this website!

…and have a LOOK at our fantastic “full-coverage” May Schedule!

3 doctors on almost every weekday in May,

open every Saturday and Sunday

and the Victoria Day Stat.

We are proud to be able to provide a 7 Day a Week Primary Healthcare Home for the Nelson and Area Community!

April and May at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic

Our Apologies…

…for the late posting of our April Schedule. We have new doctors coming onboard and with many ongoing changes to the schedule leading up to the Easter Weekend, it was a challenge to firm up our shift coverage.

Here it is! Just Click on the Calendar for a larger image and you will see we have great coverage now through into May.

5 Things You Might Want To Know About Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic

  1. You can be seen by a Doctor 362 Days of the Year because we are Open ALL Weekends & Stat Holidays, with the exception of Christmas, New Years Day and Easter Sunday
  2. You will have Free Parking at Chahko Mika Mall, with easy access for Seniors and Handicapped Patients and lots of room for RVs and larger vehicles.
  3. You can make Same Day Appointmentsin person or have a friend or family member do it for you – 7 days a week. Just drop by as close to 8:30 (weekdays), 9:30 Saturday or 10 Sunday. Go do your shopping, grab a coffee or run your errands – you won’t lose your appointment time.
  4. You can use Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic Anytimefor something quick as a walk in, or you can become a Family Practice Patient and book appointments that work for you.
  5. You will Learn a lot in our Waiting Area, whether you are new to the area, or a visitor, our friendly staff and regular patients always enjoy sharing what we love about living in this beautiful place.

March 2017 at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic

Spring is on its way!

And we have good coverage throughout March,

with only a few early 5 pm closes.

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February 2017 at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic

Happy February & Happy Valentines!

Our Team Family Practice is currently full!

At this time we are not accepting any new patients to the Family Practice side of our clinic.

Walk In/Same Day Appointments are available as always.

Watch for updates to this while we continue to recruit more physicians to our practice. Please share to anyone you think might be interested in 1 of  2 positions available immediately.

January 2017 at Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic

We are Open throughout January 2017, except for Sunday, Jan. 1, with a few early closures on January 3 and 12 for Meetings.

Please note that Dr Link is away for most of January.