Local Health Foundation Helps Sooke Medical Team

July 10, 2020

When the West Coast Family Medical Clinic announced its plans to expand, their needs included an interpretive electrocardiogram (ECG).

“Expanding the scope of community-based diagnostic services increases the ability of our local medical team to diagnose life-threatening emergencies in a timely manner and will play a great part in reducing travel to unnecessary emergency room visits” says Dr Tracy Forsberg.

An ECG allows the medical team to evaluate the electrical activity of heart tissue and, in a matter of minutes, have a clear idea of the patient’s cardiac function recorded for evaluation.  Previously, patients may have been asked to attend a private lab during daytime opening hours or be sent to a hospital’s ER for evaluation.

When the recently formed Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation heard of the clinic’s need, they encouraged the medical team to work with them to acquire the much-needed technology, as it fits in with the Foundation’s goal of enhancing a broad range of health-related needs for the peoples in our region.

Sally McLean, a founding Board member of the Health Foundation, summed it up best: “Improving patient-focused outcomes in our community requires that local health care providers have the latest point-of-care diagnostic tools. This will be valuable for on-site diagnosis, as part of a therapeutic treatment, or as essential information that is sent on to the hospital with a patient.  The presence of this equipment will reduce the reliance on out-of-town travel and increase the availability of much-needed services here in Sooke.”

The Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation continues its drive to raise awareness of the need to fund health-related initiatives in our region from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew. As a public Health Foundation, people and businesses can donate to the foundation and receive a charity receipt that donors may use to their benefit come tax season.

Visit to find out how you can help to improve health outcomes in your community. “Our goal is to build a significant fund for the needs of our local community. All donations stay in our region.” said Mclean.

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