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New doctor for Tignish

Dr. Declan Fox, from his home office in Ireland, appears on a computer monitor at the Tignish Health Centre. He is piloting a virtual care clinic in Tignish while recruitment efforts to find a full-time replacement continue. 
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Dr. Declan Fox, from his home office in Ireland, appears on a computer monitor at the Tignish Health Centre. He has been providing virtual care in Tignish until a full-time replacement begins. Dr. Peter Entwistle is set to take on the full-time practice in February.
TIGNISH, P.E.I. —

A new doctor is coming to Tignish beginning in February 2021.

Dr. Peter Entwistle is taking over the full-time practice at the Tignish Health Centre vacated by Dr. Declan Fox.

Entwistle is currently practising in Oliver, B.C. His wife Anne will also join the team at the Tignish Health Centre as a licensed practical nurse.

Entwistle says he has a passion for providing innovative, patient-focused, team-based health care and says he is grateful to have the opportunity to work within an environment that embraces true health-care principles and values.

“When we visited P.E.I. last year we kept hearing about the Tignish Co-operative and style of practice that had been developed by the community, Dr. Fox and the health-care team,” said Dr. Entwistle. “We had intended to ... provide locum support in P.E.I. last Christmas, but commitments didn’t allow us to. Now we have the opportunity to work and enjoy life in the community of Tignish and we are both looking forward to coming and participating.”

“This is wonderful news for the people of Tignish and surrounding areas. The Tignish Health Centre is very happy to welcome a fulltime family physician, Dr Entwhistle along with his wife Anne to take over the practice at the Centre,” said Wendy Arsenault, manager of the Tignish Health Centre. “This could not have been possible without great teamwork done by our board of directors, the West Prince team, Recruitment and Retention and Health P.E.I. We would also like to thank our MLA Hal Perry and Mayor Allan McInnis who always advocated for our great Health Centre.”

A temporary nurse practitioner was hired in March 2020, and a permanent full-time nurse practitioner position has now been posted.

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