Michael Forbes and the Forbes Group has released a statement saying that he plans to open a medical clinic in Sooke. (Forbes Pharmacy)

Forbes Group proposes a new medical clinic for Sooke

Four doctors will have space adjacent to a new pharmacy

Another medical clinic could open in Sooke by September if plans announced by the Forbes Group come to fruition.

In a statement released by a Forbes Group spokesperson Lana Tong, the compamy revealed plans for a private medical group in Sooke.

Tong identified Sooke as one of many communities impacted by the provincial shortage of general practitioners and added this clinic will serve to address the shortage.

Tong, writing for owner Michael Forbes, said the clinic will be located at 6691 Logan Lane and will house four general practitioners, The clinic, she said, will feature an attached pharmacy “so patients can easily fill prescriptions without going out of their way”.

Forbes has a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences.

It is anticipated that the clinic will open by Sept. 9, said Tong, while not clearly stating whether the clinic will house four new doctors in the community or if it will simply provide existing doctors with new clinic space. Tong’s statement Forbes’ plan is to work alongside Sooke’s existing health-care infrastructure.

The statement also makes the commitment for Forbes to eventually donate the property to the practicing physicians.

Request for interviews received no response.

Tong’s statement does make reference to a recent announcement by Premier John Horgan to improve health care in Sooke through the development of improved clinic space at the Evergreen Centre.

“British Columbia’s leadership has pledged over $1 million in tax revenue for an expanded primary care center at Evergreen Mall, which is also set to bring four new general practitioners to the area,” said the statement, noting no projected opening date has been announced for the publically-funded clinic.

ALSO READ: Expanded health-care facility announced for Sooke

Mayor Maja Tait said she has had preliminary conversations with Forbes about his planned clinic, and her understanding is that Forbes has planned a “different sort of care model” than that of the team-based approach at the Evergreen clinic.

“I’ve been advocating for additional health care in our community and, even if we staff up to our full compliment (at Evergreen) we are a growing population and a tourist destination so at least we’ll have another service to serve the community,” Tait said.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Province funds $88.6M for two new schools in Langford by 2022

Langford gets 500-seat elementary school and a 700-seat middle school

Premier opens playground

New Playground at École Poirier. John Horgan joined School Division 62 officials… Continue reading

Fish closure in Port Renfrew has endangered more than 40 per cent of businesses

YouTube video challenges residents to remember when election comes around

Council pursues water line extension for north Sooke

Properties affected by Highway 14 project may see water service

Derelict trimaran removed from Oak Bay waters

Boat has been aground near Oak Bay Marina for over five months

Oak Bay mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Jury to make recommendations based on death of Elliot Eurchuk, 16

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

EDITORIAL: Sooke council’s pot approach an opportunity lost

When the federal government tabled Bill 36 in September 2018, it threw… Continue reading

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Most Read