Sooke mayor optimistic after health talks with province

Province understand ‘complexities of health-care in region, says Maja Tait

Mayor optimistic after health talks with province

Sooke took a giant step towards building a new primary health-care facility, Mayor Maja Tait said Friday after a meeting with Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“I left feeling very optimistic,” said Tait, who is seeking funding for improved health facilities and programs in Sooke.

“[The province] recognizes the growth. They understand the complexities and the need of our community: young families, seniors, and that the highway is a challenge.”

Dix committed the province to a seat on the Sooke Region Primary Health-Care Working Group,which could speed up health initiatives in the region.

The Sooke Region spans from East Sooke to Port Renfrew. a distance of about 95 kilometres, and has no hospital or urgent care clinic.

Tait, who has called the lack of health-care facilities in Sooke a crisis, said more than 4,000 Sooke Region residents are without a family doctor.

RELATED: Sooke mayor pitches for health-care facility

While the community is too close to Victoria to be classified as rural, it’s geographically isolated. The 30-kilometre trip to the nearest hospital in View Royal by winding Highway 14 takes at least 45 minutes by car.

As chair of the Sooke Region Primary Health-Care Working Group, Tait has been working with stakeholders from across the region to advocate for a local primary care home facility.

The facility would create space for more family physicians, allow for urgent care treatment with extended operating hours, and give Sooke residents improved access to medical services.

RELATED: CRD committee backs health-care facility for Sooke

The Sooke Region Primary Health-Care Working Group has gained traction recently, garnering the support of the Capital Regional District hospitals and housing committee and CRD board. The working groups also has representation from local doctors and the South Island Division of Family Practice.

The only groups missing were the Ministry of Health and Island Health.

“It’s a big step forward. We need the province at the table. We can’t solve this without them,” Tait said.

Just Posted

Launch party for Vancouver Island’s new soccer team a success

Over 3,000 seats will be added to Westhills Stadium in the next 6 months

Two people rescued after falling from lifeboat at Ogden Point

Crew members of the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship fell into the water Thursday night

Saanich pedestrian incidents reflect recent trends

76% of crashes involving pedestrians happen at intersections

Online blasting video helps ease Sooke residents concerns

Complaints of dust ongoing since 2017

Son of missing Oak Bay woman asks for continued public support

‘Because she is still out there, somewhere’

BC Games’ Athletes Corner: What’s your favourite pump up song?

Check out what’s playing in the earbuds of BC Summer Games athletes before they compete

Big-time racing on tap in Langford this month

Western Speedway the place to be for a roaring good time in summer

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

Zone 6: Rugby star Maggie Banks carries family legacy to BC Games

Shawnigan Lake student and Coquitlam native following her parents to the national program

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Most Read