Four new doctors are set to join a West Kelowna medical practice, improving local access to family physicians.

Owners of Westside Medical Associates say the practice can accept up to 5,000 new patients.

“Our recruitment strategy has been simple,” clinic director Vicky Hunt says in a release. “Build a state-of-the-art clinic in a central location and start contracting the best physicians we can find.”

“We look forward to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to more new patients in Kelowna, West Kelowna and area,” Dr. Toye Oyelse, the clinic’s medical director, says in the release.

The doctors’ invitation through the media for people without a family doctor to contact the practice is somewhat unusual.

By comparison, the website for the Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice, the organization representing local doctors, does not contain information on which, if any, local doctors might be accepting new patients.

Website users are asked to print out a five-page form, mail it in and wait to hear back.