The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network provides services for patients in the Cities of Leduc and Beaumont, the Town of Devon and all communities in Leduc County. A group of 68 family physicians and 1 Nurse Practitioner, working in 17 clinics, along with additional health care professionals (registered nurses and dietitians, an exercise specialist, mental health therapists and behavioural health consultants) work together to improve primary care for our patients.
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) use a collaborative team approach to provide care for patients and to coordinate primary health care services provided by family physicians, Alberta Health Services and other health care professionals.
PCNs are a way to provide team support for family doctors by bringing teams of health professionals together. PCNs also manage 24-hour patient access to appropriate primary care services.
The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network began operating on March 1, 2006.
What is a PCN?
A PCN is not necessarily a bricks-and-mortar building – it is a “network” of family physicians and health care providers working together to provide primary care to patients. A PCN may be composed of one clinic with many physicians and support staff or several physicians in several clinics across a geographic region.
Each network is unique and has the flexibility to develop programs and provide services that meet the specific needs of its patients. This grassroots approach allows – and encourages – the PCN to focus on the needs of the local patient population.
The Primary Care Initiative oversees and supports the development of PCNs.
Alberta has 40 PCNs operating in communities and areas across the province with more in development.
Over 85 percent (3800+) of all family doctors in the province practice within PCNs along with 1400 allied health care providers.
Why it is important to have a regular family doctor
Your doctor is a member of this PCN
Your doctor a member of the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network (LBD PCN). This means you are part of the LBD PCN, where a team of registered nurses, registered dietitians, an exercise specialist, behavioural health consultants and mental health clinicians, along with your family doctor, will help you improve your health.
There are 40 PCNs providing coordinated health services throughout Alberta. Through a partnership between family physicians and Alberta Health Services, each PCN is uniquely designed to meet the needs of its patients.
In addition to the care you receive from your family doctor, programs and services at your PCN include:
• health education
• diabetes management
• weight management
• mental health
• eldercare consultation
• referral coordination
• Prescription To Get Active
• specialists clinics
Ask your doctor or health team member to connect you with the PCN services that are right for you.
What is Primary Care?
Primary care is the first point of contact a person has with the health system – the point where people receive care for most of their everyday health needs. Primary care is typically provided by family physicians and health care professionals such as nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, mental health professionals, therapists and others.
Primary care includes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of various health conditions. It also includes referrals to specialists and diagnostic services such as laboratory tests or X-rays.
Family physicians and Alberta Health Services personnel routinely provide primary care services within PCNs. Family physicians are often the first step for patients seeking appointments for primary care needs while Alberta Health Services provides important services such as laboratory and X-ray services.