Frequently Asked Questions

​What is Primary Care?

Primary care is the care you receive for most of your everyday health needs. This includes regular checkups, care for chronic diseases, health advice, counselling, and more.

What is a Primary Care Network?

Primary Care Networks are groups of family doctors who work with Alberta Health Services and other health professionals to coordinate the delivery of primary care services for their patients.

What We Can Offer You?

If your doctor is a member of the Edmonton West PCN, you have access to our team of health professionals who can assist with your overall health needs.

These include:

Nurses (LPN, RN) - help manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, congestive heart failure, COPD and asthma.

Registered Dietitians - provide one-on-one counseling for the management of kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, eating disorders, diabetes, obesity, and more.

Pharmacists – review personal medications and answer drug-related questions and concerns.

Behavioural Health Consultants - provide short-term intervention and treatment for various life concerns such as depression, anxiety, and stress.

Social Workers - offer solution-focused interventions and assist with practical matters such as finances, medication coverage, career & employment, personal directives and more.

Exercise Specialists - promote the use of active living and exercise as a tool for the prevention and management of chronic disease.

If you could benefit from a consultation with one of our health team members, ask your doctor about our services.

What is the Primary Care Initiative?

Primary Care Initiative Primary Care Networks (PCNs) bring local physicians and other health care professionals together to provide comprehensive patient care to Albertans. PCNs develop solutions to meet the needs of the local community and their health issues. They are created through an agreement between physicians and Alberta Health Services.

There are now 42 PCNs operating throughout Alberta with more than 3,300 family physicians, and more than 1,100 other health practitioners. Learn more here.