We at Galiano Health Care Centre have been preparing for COVID19 as best we can. That said, islanders deserve to know the reality of our limited resources, so you can make the best decisions for your families and for people who may wish to visit.
We are a small one doctor/one nurse practitioner rural clinic providing primary care services to island residents. We do have the ability to stabilize acutely ill patients, which means a room with one resuscitation bed, IV support, oxygen and defibrillator, but the clinic does does not have a ventilation machine or lab testing or X-ray capacity.
The only option for higher level treatment is transfer off the island via water ambulance or helicopter, to hospital, which takes from 1 hour to several hours, and can be delayed due to rough weather or if the helicopter is busy with another ill patient. Most patients who may get COVID19 will not need to go to hospital, but the statistics show that 20% may need hospital care.
Please consider the risk level of each member in your household and prospective visitors in the context of this information and choose the wisest place for them to safely self isolate or social distance for the next few weeks as we all get through this together. Islanders who have another home elsewhere, and who are vulnerable to COVID19 due to increased age or a medical condition, may want to wisely choose to self isolate where they can get to a hospital faster in a breathing emergency.
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Closed for lunch 12 - 1pm
After hoursThe number to have the on call physician paged is 1-800-866-5602 Weekend on-call coverage is from Friday night 5pm to 8am on Monday morning. Always call 911 for a serious or life threatening emergency 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
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The Galiano Health Care Society is committed to providing an up-to-date, well equipped, community minded, inclusive and accessible health care centre for all islanders and visitors. This facility is the heart of health care on Galiano, and the home of our excellent primary care practitioners - Two Family Physicians and a Family Nurse Practitioner. (Medical Services)
But we are not a one trick pony, as this website will reveal. Aging in Place, Community Wellness Programs, Better at Home, Mental Health and Wellness, Seniors Walk and Talk, Transitions in Dying & Grieving, are all Health Care Society initiatives, programs or partnerships designed with your life-long health in mind.
As well, many allied health services locate themselves at the health centre: a weekly blood/specimen collection lab, the Home & Community Care Nurse, the Public Health Nurse, the Dentist and Hygienist, the Foot Care Nurse, the Chiropractor, and Physiotherapist.
We are a virtual smorgasbord of health care offerings, and very proud of it.
Please explore the wonderful pages on this website. We have tried to capture the essence of the Galiano Health Care Society and Centre.
You too can contribute to our Centre's health by visiting our How to Help pages.
Read on, to your health!
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