FREDERICTON (GNB) – Four nurse practitioners will work in health-care clinics in Fredericton and Saint John to help reduce the number of people on Patient Connect NB, the provincially-managed bilingual patient registry for New Brunswickers without a family doctor.

“Improving our health-care system is part of our government’s plan to make New Brunswick the best place to a raise family,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “This new initiative will remove 2,000 New Brunswickers from the patient registry and increase access to primary care for those currently without a family doctor.”

In Fredericton, a nurse practitioner will work in the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre, Noreen-Richard Health Centre and another clinic. A nurse practitioner will work in a clinic in Saint John.

“Our nurse practitioners are key health-care providers and offer exceptional patient and family-centred care,” said Jean Daigle, vice president community at Horizon Health Network. “Horizon welcomes this addition to the primary health care areas of Fredericton and Saint John.”

In April 2015, the Department of Health announced the Enhanced Patient Access Primary Care pilot project which will see nurses and nurse practitioners working in community-based family physician practices.