Prince Edward Island was the first province in Canada to offer a province-wide patient registry which helps match Islanders with a family physician.
A new dedicated toll-free number for the provincial Patient Registry Program has been established making it more efficient to connect Islanders seeking a family physician with one who is accepting new patients.
Changes to the provincial Patient Registry Program will allow staff to more thoroughly and consistently manage the list of patients in need of a family physician as well as ensure timelier introduction of patients to a physician’s practice when space is available.
Previously, the provincial Patient Registry Program shared a toll-free number with the Medicare Office located in Montague. As of early April, the program has had its own toll-free number and is now managed by staff under Health PEI’s Primary Care Networks program.
Islanders are encouraged to contact the provincial Patient Registry Program if:
- They are currently without a family doctor and would like to register for one;
- They are currently on the registry list and their contact information has changed; or
- They are currently on the registry list and have found a family physician on their own.
Currently, 94.5% of Islanders have a family physician.
In the past year, the province has welcomed 5 new family physicians to practices across Prince Edward Island.
We have also had commitments from all six of our Family Medicine Residency Program graduates to practice on Prince Edward Island upon graduation.
Islanders seeking a family physician should call the provincial Patient Registry’s new toll-free number at 1.855.563.2101.
Information materials will be circulated to Island pharmacies, walk-in clinics and hospital emergency departments in the coming weeks to inform people about the registry’s new toll-free number and how to use it.