New doctor might be on horizon

New doctor might be on horizon for Keremeos and area.

Review Staff

A new doctor might soon be in at the

Keremeos Diagnostic and Treatment

Centre.

Interior Health officials are releasing

few details but have confirmed they are in

advanced talks with at least one family doctor

that would like to practice in Keremeos.

“There is a physician who has verbally

indicated the desire to start practicing in the

community of Keremeos. Arrangements to

formalize an agreement are being made.

When we have further information, we will

make sure to share it with the community,”

Dr. Curtis Bell, Interior Health’s executive

medical director of community and

residential services stated in an email to the

Review Tuesday afternoon.

It is unknown when a formal agreement

between the doctor and Interior Health

might be agreed upon or when the doctor

would start.

The news that a new full-time doctor

might be on the horizon should come as a

relief for many as the community has been

struggling with only three doctors at the

centre since the start of 2015.

After many years of service Dr. Gerald

Partridge retired at the end of 2014.

Adding to the challenge was the

announcement this spring that Dr. Michael

Biggs, another longterm doctor, would follow

suit and retire in September.

Interior Health has been in talks with the

municipality and other stakeholders about

ways to improve chances of attracting new

physicians.

As part of ongoing initiatives, Keremeos

Dr. Johan Boshoff recently attended a doctor

recruitment fair in Penticton earlier this

summer.