For the most recent vaccination updates, booking information, and frequently asked questions, click here.
Curious when you or your children are eligible to get vaccinated? Click hereto learn about BC’s COVID-19 immunization plan.
Dr Bonnie Henry has announced that close to 15,000 British Columbians who are severely immunocompromised will be contacted to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Patients within an identified group who have not received a call by September 17 are asked to contact their physician or other health care provider who can provide them with an attestation form. More information on conditions that make patients eligible for the third dose and a link to the form can be found on this webpage.
COVID & CLINIC
Please note the following FOUR important immediate changes:
1. “VIRTUAL FIRST”
As of now, we are aiming to do the majority of appointments “virtually first”. If you need to see a doctor, please book a phone appointment first and you and your doctor can decide if a face-to-face appointment is needed next.
We are still “seeing” everyone by phone but there will be no non-essential in-person office visits at this time. Examples of non-essential visits are: chronic disease/check-ups if you have no concerns, meet-and-greets. or prescription refills. But you can still book a phone call to review any concerns you have!
2. DO NOT ENTER CLINIC IF…
…you have been outside Canada in the past 14 days, and/or…
…you have infectious symptoms or concerns about COVID-19 exposure. Infectious symptoms include:
If you are having trouble breathing or are extremely unwell, and cannot wait for a phone appointment, you should seek emergency health services at Lady Minto Hospital.
3. SAFE IN-OFFICE APPOINTMENTS
If you and your doctor decide that an in-office appointment is medically necessary, the above guidelineswill still apply.
You will be required to wear a medical-grade mask in the clinic. We are happy to provide you with one.
Please do bring the following to your appointment:
Toys and reading material: to keep the clinic safe for all patients, there are none in the clinic.
Pen or pencil: if you need to take notes.
Pleasedo not bring the following to your appointment:
Other people: there is limited space in our waiting rooms. If absolutely necessary, one support person will be allowed, but remember: this is for THEIR safety. If they have less exposure, they will stay healthy!
4. WE CANNOT PROVIDE NOTES REGARDING WORK ABSENCE, NOR PERFORM UNNECESSARY OR INAPPROPRIATE TESTING.
As per instructions from the Minister of Health and the provincial Medical Officer of Health, we will not be providing notes for work absence due to illness.
We are NOT performing COVID-19 tests at SSIHC. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call 1-844-901-8442 to book your test.
OTHER NOTES AND REMINDERS
Please watch our websites for updates and advice.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses. They include a dry cough, fever, tiredness, & diarrhea and may involve difficulty breathing. As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, for example, problems breathing, etc., please call 911.
Social distancing. The most effective way to contain this virus is by limiting our public interactions. We cannot stress this enough. If you do not get this virus now, it means someone else at high risk who does get it can get the health care they need.
Please do NOT call the clinic to ask if there is COVID-19 on island.This is a pandemic – presume it is in our community & act accordingly. We are NOT able to comment on local cases. Click herefor information about local outbreaks and exposures.
Please remember during these high-stress times to be kind to each other. This includes our clinic staff.
COVID & YOU: what to do
If you think you may have COVID-19, follow these steps.
If you are UNWELL with respiratory symptoms, you can be assessed at Lady Minto Hospital. If it is an emergency, call 911.
STEP 2: If you HAVE SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 and need a test, DO NOT go to your GP or hospital. Call 1-844-901-8442 to book an appointment. Testing is not done if you do not have symptoms.
COVID-19 testing is only done through the hospital, NOT your GP’s clinic.
If you need immediate medical advice, phone 811.
If you feel this is a medical emergency, phone 911.
NOTE: as of Sept 12th 2020 – only people with symptoms will be tested. The BC Ministry of Health strongly urges anyone who has symptoms – including a fever, cough, sneezing, malaise/fatigue, rhinorrhoea (runny nose), sore throat, or difficulty breathing – to self-isolate.
The length of time you need to self-isolate depends on your situation. Please go here to find out more.
To protect yourself while out in public, wash your hands frequently and maintain a distance of about 2 metres from others. For more information on COVID-19, refer to HealthLink BC’s COVID-19 website.
COVID & SCHOOL
Back to school (and work too)!
The Province of British Columbia has created a helpful guide for students, parents, and staff.
The South Island Division of Family Practice has created some brilliant and easy-to-use flow sheets to help us all through the transition back to school and work.
We recommend printing the charts you find useful and putting them on your fridge for easy access as we enter what will without question be a difficult fall.
Worried about the risk of COVID-19 and returning to school?
Think you need a doctor’s note to be absent from school, return to school, etc.?
Please consult this resource before calling clinic: Print this and use as needed.Share with your school or daycare if needed. This document is supported by Public Health and BC Family Doctors, and has been shared with the BCCDC.
What to do this Fall if you, your child, or someone in their class/cohort/daycare has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19?
When reading this, keep in mind that these are the guidelines that work the best for the vast majority. It may be that you choose to do something different. That’s OK in some situations. If you need help, make an appointment to chat with us!
What to do this Fall if someone in your house has symptoms of COVID-19?