For the health and safety of our patients, Foremed Clinic has a No-Pets policy. Only working service animals are permitted. This No-Pets policy applies to Pets, Emotional Support Animals, Comfort Animals, and Therapy Animals Service animals. Service pets are individually trained to perform work or tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are required to be leashed or harnessed except when performing work or tasks where such tethering would interfere with the animal's ability to perform the work or tasks.
Please note that our clinic's policy is that all infants and young children must have at least one parent or guardian enrolled as a ForeMed Medical Clinic patient first. Please arrange for an appointment for the child and one parent. Please arrive 15 min prior to the appointment time to allow for registration. Also, bring the Mother’s valid Medical Health Card for registration of the newborn. For all new patients, fill out the appointment form and the Clinic will contact you with an appointment.
Foremed Clinic is located conveniently by Columbia Skytrain station at 420 Columbia Street, New Westminster. Paid parking is available at the street level. Limited free parking is available by access through the front street. The entrance to the clinic is through the elevator and the Pharmacy.
Consultations for travel and immunizations are not considered a medically insured service. We can provide travel consultations, but there is a fee for this service. We do not carry vaccines for yellow fever. These can be accessed through Travel clinics.
Yes, we can complete these services. These as not medically insured services, so there is a fee involved for the assessment.
Yes, in order for the doctor to discuss the care of your child, it is necessary for the child to be present. If this is a phone appointment, they do not need to physically be with you to answer the questions.
Due to precautions as a result of COVID-19, the delivery of our services have changed to reflect safe and effective primary care. Phone consultations will suffice for prescription refills. However, it is up to the discretion of the doctor to decide if an in person exam is necessary before providing a prescription.
We utilize online booking and telehealth to complement our phone calls and to get a better assessment of your health. We recognize that many patients may face barriers to accessing internet resources. Our doctors will work with you to provide safe and effective alternatives that work best for you. At this time, a minimum requirement is access to a phone line.
Please use our online booking platform to discuss your health concerns with our physicians. If you need to be seen today and you don't see any available booking options today, please call our front desk and see what our staff can do for you. If this is regarding a referral or requisition form that has been completed already, please fill out our Contact Us form we will get back to you in two to five business days. Prioritizing your needs helps keep the phone lines free for more pressing concerns.
Formed Clinic does not offer refunds for services that have already been provided, with the exception of BC Care Card coverage reinstatement. If your BC Care Card has recently become reinstated and you would like reimbursement for a visit you paid for privately, contact our office. Refunds would be processed and paid out within 30 days from the day of the visit in the same method of payment made.
At this time, payments may be made over the phone or in person. A receipt can be emailed to you.
If we are unable to validate your medical coverage or if you do not have medical coverage, there will be a fee for the visit and any procedures on top of the visit.
The following services are not covered under MSP:• Travel advice and medicine• School/Camp forms• Routine annual checkups (check with the provider if eligible)• Driver’s Physicals• Work Physicals• Sick Notes• Copies of records• Transfer of records• Any form that requires a doctor's signature
Yes, our office works with booked appointments. However same day urgent appointments can be accommodated for your needs. Please use the phone to book for same day URGENT appointments.
Walk-in reservations are not doctor specific but based on physician availability. Our walk-in reservation opens at 8 am each morning and patients can book for any available time throughout the day.
Patients are responsible for following up with the doctor for test results. We do not adhere to a no news is good news policy. Tests are ordered to investigate your symptoms or wellness. If your result is abnormal, we will make every effort to get a hold of you, however, you are encouraged to follow up with the doctor if symptoms persist or get worse. We do prefer to review your results with a booked appointment to answer any questions you may have. Please ask our staff or the doctor how long it will take for your test results to come back to ensure you are able to book a follow-up in a timely manner. Our staff cannot discuss or interpret your test results for you. Bloodwork results are usually reported/available in one-five days. X-ray & ultrasound results are usually available in three-seven days. Pregnancy screening results can take two-three weeks. Pap test results can take up to eight weeks but may be delayed based on the BC CDC.
The Medical Services Plan (MSP) places restrictions on the number of patients that a doctor can see in a day. Due to fluctuating patient demand, the doctor may reach this MSP “cap” before the clinic is scheduled to close. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and strongly urge patients to visit the clinic or call two hours before the posted closing time to see if we can accommodate you. Cancellations occur last minute.
At this time, we are not accepting patients for regular family practice. Foremed Clinic can provide routine care for you, however, physician-patient panels are a fluid subject and you may enquire the provider you are intermittently seeing if they can add you to their panel. We prioritize patients with higher needs.
Prescription of controlled medications including opioids (codeine, oxycodone, oxycontin, hydromorphone etc.), benzodiazepines (lorazepam, clonazepam etc.) and sleeping medications (zopiclone etc.) are coming under increased scrutiny and regulation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) due to the tragic spike in overdose deaths relating to these medications over the past year in British Columbia.In June 2016 the CPSBC issued a Professional Standard regarding the prescription of these medications (https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/PSG-Safe-Prescribing.pdf). All doctors practicing in British Columbia are bound by this Standard which ‘reflects relevant legal requirements and are enforceable under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA) and College Bylaws under the HPA.Refills for these medications must be made in person with your doctor as a reassessment of your pain and function is required regularly (unless these medications are prescribed in the context of palliative care or cancer management). If you have any questions relating to changes in your medications, please book an appointment to speak with your doctor.
As a courtesy, we do not charge for cancelled appointments. However, if you know that you are unable to make an appointment, even if it is the day of the appointment, we would appreciate it if you could call and let our staff know so that another patient who may need to be seen can be fit into that appointment slot. If this becomes a regular occurrence, an invoice will be sent to your address.We understand that circumstances can arise causing late arrivals and do our best to accommodate. If a physician is fully booked up for the day however and you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to come back later in the day or rebook for another day. If you are able to phone and let our staff know that you are running late it is appreciated as another patient may be able to be seen early in order to accommodate a late arrival.