Edmonton West PCN has 40 family clinics with 153 family physicians involved in our Primary Care Network. Our general geographic boundaries include the area located south of Highway 16 and west of downtown Edmonton. The active population living within the boundaries of the Edmonton West PCN is estimated based on the 2007 Public Health Service areas of Woodcroft, West Jasper Place, and Twin Brooks, which have a combined population of 282,657. Local health issues are reflected in the population demographics of West Edmonton which require local solutions to local problems.
According to the 2006 Census release, the population of Greater Edmonton has reached 1,034,945 persons, making it the sixth largest metropolitan region in Canada.
Delivery of service is compounded by a shortage of family physicians, and the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions and complex patients within the ageing population served by participating physicians. Family physicians within the PCN identified a gap in support, mainly due to workload volumes, coupled with difficulties addressing complex issues within the standard processes or scheduling of clinics.
The patients of the Edmonton West PCN enjoy the benefits of a populous urban center with a wide range of health care services and providers.
The PCN has undertaken several major initiatives to improve primary care delivery in Edmonton's west end. These include a chronic disease management program, improved access to after-hours care, low risk obstetrical care, geriatric and complex care coordination, and a program customized to each clinic designed to enhance the delivery of primary care services at the point of care; the community Family Practice clinic. – less