Two new family physicians announced for Digby

John DeMings
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First doctor to start this fall, second in 2015

Digby area residents will be able to look forward to the services of two new family physicians, one of whom will start as early as this fall.

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South West Health announced Monday that two family physicians have accepted positions with Digby General Hospital.

The first physician is completing her family medicine residency at the University of Alberta, and will begin her practice here this fall. The second physician is a family medicine resident at Dalhousie University, and will be available to start her practice in early 2015.

“Improving access to primary health care services by recruiting new physicians and primary care providers remains a strategic priority for South West Health,” said Dr. Alenia Kysela, vice-president of medicine and chief of medical staff.

“While we prepare for these two physicians to join us in the future, we will still continue our vigorous recruitment efforts for under-serviced areas.”

The first physician comes to Digby through the Department of Health and Wellness ‘return of service’ program. The program provides provincial funding to international medical graduates to enter the third year of medical school at Dalhousie University and in return they are required to practice medicine in a rural Nova Scotia community for a certain amount of time.

“Two new family physicians is great news for residents of Digby and the surrounding region,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson.

South West Health said it is unusual to make this type of announcement so far in advance of a new physician starting practice, but explained it is important to share this information with the community to help create a better understanding of long-term recruitment efforts.

South West Health acknowledged the important partnerships with the Municipality of Digby, the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation, the Town of Digby and various community partners.

South West Health will not keep a waiting list of potential patients for the two physicians. An announcement will be made after the physicians arrive with regards to the process for accepting new patients.

Organizations: Dalhousie University, Digby General Hospital, University of Alberta Department of Health and Wellness Area Health Services Charitable Foundation

Geographic location: Digby, Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • Mike Bartlett
    February 13, 2013 - 05:56

    Shannon: Im not usually one to reply to comments on these things, however I find it hard to believe you cant get in to see a doctor. The clinic is now open as well you certainly can go to the ER. If all else fails call 911

  • Krista
    February 12, 2013 - 19:26

    Have to agree with shannon. I had a dr in digby and because I didn't have a need to see him while I was pregnant where I had an obg he dropped me with no notice or even a letter. I found out the day I left the hospital wit myg child. I had to go to annapolis, with no vehicle to see a residant who's only going to be here another year. Then again me and my daughter won't have a dr again.

  • Shannon
    February 11, 2013 - 18:54

    It's not like it matters... I have been in Digby for almost two years and can't get a doctor. I can't even get in to see the nurse practitioner. By the time these two doctors take over all the patients from the doctors that have left there will still be loads of people that have to travel outside of Digby for healthcare. It's a joke. I have never seen anything like it in my life and I can't wait to move out of this town.