New Patients

NOT ACCEPTING new patients

Dr. Lee, Dr. Grant & Dr. Garcia are accepting new patients for Maternity Care only. Please have your family doctor fax a referral  to 604-261-9607.  If you don't have a family doctor you can call 604-261-8177 to book an appointment.

Hours of Operation

  • Mon9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunclosed
  • We are located in the Medical Tower at Oakridge Mall - 41st Ave & Cambie. Phone hours: 9am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 week days 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Parking is free in the mall parkade. With the current construction – please allow time to navigate through the mall.

Services

Our clinic is a Full Service Family Practice that offers comprehensive primary medical care.
About Us

About

Oakridge Medical Clinic

Oakridge Medical Vancouver is a Full Service Family Medicine Clinic.  As a group, we have been practicing in Vancouver for over 25 years.  We provide comprehensive health care for patients at all ages and stages of life – we see patients for any type of health concern. We have doctors who see women when they are pregnant and deliver their babies. We offer immunizations including all the childhood vaccines. We cover all our own after […]

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Policies

Maintaining and storing your medical chart takes considerable physician time.  When you joined the practice we spent time documenting your medical and family history.  We maintain detailed patient summaries in your chart and keep this up to date.  We collect reports from all other practitioners you see, tests that are done and we are required by law to store this information for at least 16 years after you leave the practice.

When a patient transfers to another clinic, we need to review your chart and your current medical issues, including your preventive health interactions such as PAPs, mammograms, colon cancer screening, immunization and cholesterol and chronic disease testing.  In order to transfer your file, we need to note and forward all pertinent information to your new doctor.  Unfortunately, none of this work is compensated by the medical services plan and therefore we need charge privately for this service.

In the past 30 years there have been major changes in family practice.  In the past, people generally had their own family doctor who managed all of their medical concerns.  With the tremendous growth of walk in clinics we have seen a significant change in the way patients access care.  We sometimes hear from patients that they go to walk in clinics for their “quick” items, but attend our office for complicated problems.  This creates a lack of continuity of care and the current payment system is not set up to differentiate between simple and complicated care.

Continuity of care is extremely important and cost efficient.  All the doctors in our office have access to your electronic medical record.  Because we know your medical and family histories, we often have much more insight into the likely causes of a symptom than a physician at a walk-in clinic. This leads to less duplication of tests and less waste of precious health care dollars.

In an effort to provide continuity of care, family doctors have traditionally provided many services for which they are not paid.  These free services are rarely provided by physicians in a walk in clinic setting.

These include:

  • Keeping track of all your ongoing health issues.  If you are seen in emergency, by a specialist or another doctor at our clinic, we make a point of keeping track of this and following up on ongoing concerns.
  • Communicating  information from any of your interactions with the health care system (specialists, hospital visits, pharmacists, etc.) to you and to other practitioners
  • Maintaining and storing your medical chart .  We collect reports from all other practitioners you see, tests that are done and your previous physicians.   We maintain a comprehensive medical history and detailed patient summaries in your chart and keep this up to date.  We are responsible to review and act on the information that is sent to us and to store it for at least 16 years after you leave the practice.
  • Organizing your preventive health care.  This includes keeping track of all the recommended preventive health interventions including PAPs, mammograms, colon cancer screening, immunization and cholesterol and diabetes testing.
  • Providing emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – there is always a doctor on call at any time for urgent problems.  Although the government has funded nurse line and on-call pay for specialists, we do not get paid for being on call!
  • Participating in out of office care.  All of our doctors see patients in hospitals, at home and in nursing homes.
  • Completion of forms.  The volume of forms to be completed has increased exponentially in the last decade.
  • Dealing with your medical questions by phone.  In a family practice we field dozens of phone calls each day with medical questions. We either answer the calls ourselves or provide an answer to your question to our staff, who then pass the information on to you. We will ask you to come into the office if we feel that we need to see you to answer the question.

Family doctors and walk in clinic physicians are paid the same fee per visit regardless of how many problems are addressed in the visit or how much time you spend with the physician. What has happened is that the complexity of care provided in each visit to a family physician has increased considerably.  As a result of this vast differential of pay for the same number of hours of work, there has been a mass exodus of family doctors providing full service care and huge growth in the number of walk in clinics.  Many patients now find themselves without a family physician at all. When full service family doctors retire, they are usually unable to find someone to replace them.

Selectively visiting walk-in clinics when it is convenient has made traditional family practice virtually unsustainable in an urban setting. We ask our patients to make a choice. For those individuals where the convenience of walk in clinic care outweighs the benefits of continuity of care provided in our traditional family practice, we ask that you transfer all of your care to the walk in clinic, so that we can give your space in our practice to one of the many patients on our waiting list.

Continuity of care is extremely important and cost efficient.  Because we know our patients well and are familiar with their past and family medical histories, we often have much more insight into the likely causes of a symptom. Seeing physicians at walk-in clinics leads to the duplication of tests and wastes precious health care dollars.

Even when you see a different physician at our practice, they have access to your complete medical file and history.

We are asking our patients to make a choice. For those individuals where the convenience of walk-in-clinic care outweighs the benefits of continuity of care provided in our traditional family practice, we ask that you transfer all of your care to the walk in clinic so that we can give your space in our practice to one of the many patients on our waiting list.

Please review & sign the patient contract (here)

We ask patients to book regular appointments with their primary family doctor.  Please call the office 604-261-8177 during office hours 9:00 – 5:00 pm on weekdays.  We are closed from 12-1 for lunch.

Please notify us if you wish to book a pap smear, physical exam, baby or child check-up or prenatal visit.  Regular appointments are 10 to 15 minutes, with longer appointments of up to 30 minutes reserved for complete physicals, complex medical.

We are able to deal with 1 or 2 problems thoroughly at each office visit. More problems may require another appointment. Please let the doctor know at the beginning of your visit, how many concerns you hope to address and we will do our best to accommodate you as the time allows.

Please tell us if you need to complete a form, Forms including for school, work, travel, or insurance (including disability) are not covered by MSP and you will be charged a private fee.  

News

January
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COVID Vaccines

Vaccines are now available for children 5 years & older. Booster doses are available for anyone 60 years & older, indigenous persons, health care workers, teachers and school support staff. Everyone 18 years & older will be offered a booster dose approximately 6 months after their 2nd dose. If you have not received an invitation […]

October
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Drop in Flu Vaccine Clinic – Sunday October 24, 2021 10 am to 12 pm

Drop In Flu Clinic:  10 am to 12 pm  Please do not call office to book – no appt necessary COVID 19 Precautions: Register outside at Oakridge 3rd Floor South Tower Entrance When arriving at Roof top parking – give your name/ cell to the attendant – you will be advised when to enter the clinic.  Masks Mandatory […]

September
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Who’s Eligible for Flu Vaccine 2021

Flu vaccine available as of October 5, 2021   Recommended For Everybody Free to Groups at Risk For Complications From Flu Children 6–59 Months, Seniors, Pregnant Women, People 5–64 Years with Underlying Chronic Health Conditions People in Contact with People at High Risk – including Visitors to Healthcare Facilities and Essential Community Service Providers Option Nasal […]

Contact Us

  • 650 W 41st Ave Tower, 312, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2M9, Canada
  • (604) 261-8177
  • (604) 261-9607