Eight new family physicians to practise in Kingston area

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The City of Kingston has announced the appointment of eight new physicians in the city, bringing the total number of new practising primary care physicians to 17.

As a result of this work, Kingston is one of very few communities in Ontario experiencing a decrease in the Healthcare Connect waitlist, a trend that will continue with the launch of Health Homes in Central and East Kingston as well as the opening of the Periwinkle Clinic in West Kingston later this year, the City of Kingston stated in a media release dated Thursday, May 30, 2024.

“By partnering with local physicians and Queen’s Faculty of Medicine, Kingston has successfully integrated 17 new family doctors into our community in just two years!” said Craig Desjardins, Director of Strategy, Innovation and Partnerships for the City.

“Some are taking over for retiring physicians and others are rostering new patients. This brings the total number of residents cared for by recruited doctors to 15,300.” 

The City of Kingston’s Physician Recruitment Program launched in 2022. As previously reported, the program includes a $100,000 incentive to eligible family doctors, as well as relocation and career support for incoming physicians and their families. According to the release, the program has established connections between prospective doctors and physicians currently practising in the City to ease the transition and showcase Kingston as an ideal location to practise family medicine. 

In January 2024, City Council committed additional funds to the program, which led to the launch of the Primary Care Clinic Expansion Grant. According to the City, the grant is entirely municipally funded and will provide up to $100,000 for six clinics to broaden their services. Recipients of the grant will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Kingston has invested $3 million in its physician recruitment project, understanding that primary care is vital to community wellbeing and economic development,” Mayor Bryan Paterson said in a statement.

“By collaborating with local and regional partners, we’ve set a new standard in primary care delivery and recently launched an innovative grant program for primary care clinics that’s the first of its kind in Ontario.” 

Health Home to provide additional primary care 

The Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Ontario Health Team recently announced the establishment of two Health Homes in Central and East Kingston

According to the release, this new care model is being piloted in our region and will roster unattached patients within the specified geographic areas with a team of health-care professionals. The City said it is committed to supporting the launch with additional funds and resources. 

Residents seeking a family doctor are encouraged to register for Health Care Connect. Health Care Connect is a provincially administered government agency that helps track primary care provider capacity and helps connect people to a primary care provider, the City detailed. By voluntarily signing up online or by phone, residents will be added to their local waitlist for a primary care provider. A Care Connector will be assigned to help find a primary care provider based on each person’s situation.

More information about Health Care Connect and the rostering process can be found on the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Ontario Health Team’s website.

One thought on “Eight new family physicians to practise in Kingston area

  • Well done Kingston.
    Thanks for excellent reporting Kingstonist.

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