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New 24-hour clinic to serve expectant mothers in Fort St John

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Fort St John is getting a new care model for expectant mothers. Instead of visiting a family doctor, they will visit a 24-hour clinic that has a rotating staff of doctors and other care professionals.

Dr. Richard Moody is chair of the North Peace Division of Family Practice.  He says the model was born out of necessity as the Peace deals with a shortage of doctors. "It just isn't acceptable for ladies to be going from office to office to try to find a doctor to deliver their baby, so we had to create a new system." The recent relocation of Fort St John's hospital was also a factor, as it makes it more difficult for doctors to get from their offices to deliver a baby.

He notes there are downsides to the clinic model, but points out its benefits, as well. The clinic will have nurses, public health, specialists, ultrasound, and eventually nutritionists, mental health, and consultants. "It amounts to one-stop shopping for maternity care."

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