Patient Registry Program
The Patient Registry Program helps connect Islanders to a family doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients, whether you have just moved to Prince Edward Island or have relocated within the province.
You should contact the patient registry if you:
- do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner and would like to register for one;
- have moved within the province and are looking for a family doctor or nurse practitioner in your new area;
- are expecting a baby and do not have a family physician or nurse practitioner;
- are currently on the Patient Registry and your contact information has changed; or
- are on the Patient Registry and have found your own doctor.
How do I register?
How many people are currently on the Patient Registry?
|Primary Care Network||Registered Applicants|
As of December 5, 2022.
Of the total number of registered applicants, 384 currently have a primary care provider and are requesting a new one. These applicants are not assigned until all applicants without a primary care provider have been assigned first.
View the Provincial Patient Registry Regions map [PDF | 538 KB].
When will I be placed with a family doctor or nurse practitioner?
The length of time you wait on the registry will vary by region and is based on available spaces in physician and nurse practitioner practices.
Patients are assigned in chronological order, so those on the registry the longest are assigned first. You will be contacted by the Patient Registry when a family doctor or nurse practitioner is accepting new patients in your area.
What if I need to see a doctor now?
If you are an Islander without a primary care provider you may be able to access health services from a family physician using your computer, smartphone or tablet. Through a secure healthcare platform powered by Maple, you can connect to a PEI physician who can treat you for a variety of conditions over instant messaging, audio, or video chat. For more information, visit Virtual Health Care for Islanders without a Primary Care Provider.
You can also visit a walk-in clinic for non-urgent care. Mental Health Walk-in Clinics offer immediate mental health support to help with anxiety, as well as life events causing stress and other mental health issues. If you need emergency care, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.
If you are unsure what to do, call 8-1-1, a registered nurse can help you determine if your health issue requires emergency or non-urgent medical care. They can also provide you with reliable information related to your health issue or offer guidance about health services available in the province.
What if I need prenatal care?
If you are expecting a baby and do not have a family physician or nurse practitioner, the Patient Registry will assign you to a family physician or nurse practitioner for your prenatal care only.
Are there health care services I can access now while waiting?
While you are waiting to be assigned a family doctor or nurse practitioner, you can access many primary care and health screening services that support your health and well-being, including:
- Patient Navigator Service – The Patient Navigator can help guide you through and answer questions about the health care system
- Mental Health Walk-in Clinics – No appointment or referral is required, you will be able to see a registered mental health therapist for 45-60 minutes
- Primary Care Registered Nurse Service – Primary Care Nurses are able to support you in living a healthy lifestyle, including help if you would like to quit smoking or would like one-on-one education on how to live well and manage a chronic disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Diabetes Program – Staff can provide you with education, support and advice to help manage your diabetes
- Breast Cancer Screening Program – If you are 40-74 years of age you can be screened for breast cancer by having a mammogram (an x-ray of the breast), no referral is required
- Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention Program – If you are 25-65 years of age and have been sexually active, or are over 65 and have not had three negative tests in the last 10 years, you can be screened by having a Pap test at Pap Screening Clinic. You can submit an appointment request online
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Program – If you are 50-74 years of age, you can get screened with a fecal immunochemical test (FIT). You can register online for a home screening kit
- Sexual Health Services – Are provided to all genders, orientations and ages at various sites across PEI (sexual health education and counselling, STI screening and treatment, birth control, pregnancy counselling, abortion services)
- Women’s Wellness Program – Provides prenatal care to women without a primary care provider, pregnancy counselling, maternal mental health services, menopause counselling and care to women without a primary care provider, etc.
- Registered Dietitian Service – Dietitians are able to help manage conditions, including: high cholesterol/high blood pressure, weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, crohns/colitis, food allergies/lactose intolerance, celiac disease, osteoporosis, healthy meal planning
- Public Health Nursing – Provides a variety of services to support maternal, child and family health, communicable disease, school health and health promotion