What is a Primary Care Network?

All physicians at 4th Street Clinic are members of the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network (CWC PCN)

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of family doctors and other health professionals who work together to develop programs and services designed to meet your everyday health needs. There are seven PCNs in the Calgary area and 42 province-wide.

PCNs also provide resources that enhance the Patient-Centred Medical Home (PCMH), a vision for health care embraced by the 4th Street Clinic and promoted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The principles of the PCMH encourage enhanced screening and prevention initiatives and comprehensive patient-centred disease management which may include outreach reminder calls from clinic staff or referrals to PCN or clinic-based healthcare providers.

Ten PCMH goals for transforming practice:

  • Patient-Centred Care
  • Personal Family Physician
  • Team-Based Care
  • Timely-Access
  • Comprehensive Care
  • Continuity of Care
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Education, Training, and Research
  • Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Internal and External Supports

Primary Care Network Services

Seven-day-a-week, same day appointment service

As member physicians of the CWC PCN, all 4th Street Clinic physicians can refer their patients to the CWC Primary Care Centre if a same-day appointment is needed but unavailable. Available from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends, this referral service provides an alternative to the walk-in system or a visit to the ER. Click here for more information

The Patient Care Team

PCN clinicians that form the Patient Care Team collaborate with physicians to develop unique health goals for each patient, and to provide education and support to patient in a longer appointment format than the physician is able to offer.

Behavioural Health Consultant

Behavioural health consultants (BHCs) are part of the Alberta Health Services Shared Mental Health team and work in CWC PCN physician clinics. BHCs assist with a wide range of issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Sleep concerns
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic pain and illness
  • Anger management
  • Lifestyle concerns
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Geriatric Nurse Consultant – services include:

  • Home visits
  • Cognitive assessment/ dementia screening
  • Family consults
  • Assistance navigating systems and supports

Chronic Disease Nurse – services include:

  • Diabetic education and management support
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) management
  • Dyslipidemia (elevated cholesterol) management
  • Metabolic syndrome education
  • Asthma & COPD respiratory education
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Medication management consultations
  • Healthy diet and exercise education
  • Weight loss education