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Promoting the health, prevention of illness, and well-being
of the Galiano Island community in response to
expressed community need

Operated by the Galiano Health Care Society

In Attendance

Dr Erin Carlson
Lee-Ann Jespersen, NP

Allied Practitioners

Varied

See Staff for complete list with contact information

Hours

Monday – Friday 9-5pm
Phones Answered 9-4pm
Closed for Lunch 12-1pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Weekend on-call coverage
Friday 5pm – Monday 8am

Phone

+1 (250) 539-3230

Fax

+1 (250) 539-3238

AFTER HOURS
ON-CALL DOCTOR PAGER

+1 (800) 866-5602

On Call Calendar – Denotes which island the on call physician is on. Note: The on call physician can assist you even if they are on Pender or Mayne. Where indicated, Galiano has a first call nurse that you may be triaged to, but you MUST call the On Call Physician FIRST: (Click to enlarge)

Always call 911 for a serious or life threatening emergency
24 hours a day 7 days a week

Galiano Health Care Centre

908 Burrill Rd

Galiano Island, BC  V0N 1P0

Canada

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A message from the Galiano Health Care Centre Covid Response Team: ... See MoreSee Less

A message from the Galiano Health Care Centre Covid Response Team:
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There are always cormorants sitting on them airing themselves. I think?

Purple Martin nest boxes on the pilings....

A reminder: If you find yourself having to be transported off island to the hospital, the ambulance folks here have "GAP" (Green Armband Program) bags that you can ask for. They include a taxi voucher to get to hotel and to ferry, a hotel voucher for a room for a night, some cash for food, some personal essentials, and a green armband that identifies you as a Gulf Islands Resident. It's a wonderful resource. -lw ... See MoreSee Less

A reminder: If you find yourself having to be transported off island to the hospital, the ambulance folks here have GAP (Green Armband Program) bags that you can ask for. They include a taxi voucher to get to hotel and to ferry, a hotel voucher for a room for a night, some cash for food, some personal essentials, and a green armband that identifies you as a Gulf Islands Resident.  Its a wonderful resource.  -lw

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Amazing. Such an important service. Thankyou! I ended up in Victoria ( med evacted from Saltspring) for an emergency surgery once-- when released i was in pajamas and didnt even have a wallet never mind a way home. This would have really helped!

So fabulous! I remember many years ago being transported in the evening from Galiano to San Penn Hospital and then discharged at around 11pm! What would I have done if my son didn't live in Brentwood Bay at the time!? When you are in crisis you forget things like money and purses and credit cards...at least I did.

What a fantastic resource

Wow that’s great wish this program existed when I lived Galiano

This is wonderful! I hope not many need it but thankful it is available.

I didn’t think this program was in effect yet?

This is wonderful....

This is a great resource. Question: Do the ambulance attendants that assist the Galiano residents…know this service is available and to offer the Green Armband service when they send the patient off of Galiano? Thanks for all you do…

Fantastic support

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The clinic was closed yesterday (Jan 6) due to the snowstorm. Today will be extra busy for our staff, so please be patient when calling in and visiting the centre today. Thank you so much, and stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

If anyone needs me, I'll be here in my office organizing and entering and issuing tax receipts for the UNREAL number of donations for the Polar Brrr Swim. Thank you, Galiano. Thank you to Pat & Diane, our Super Swimmers, and everyone else so generous as to give their time and energy to this. Happy New Year! -lw ... See MoreSee Less

If anyone needs me, Ill be here in my office organizing and entering and issuing tax receipts for the UNREAL number of donations for the Polar Brrr Swim. Thank you, Galiano. Thank you to Pat & Diane, our Super Swimmers, and everyone else so generous as to give their time and energy to this. Happy New Year! -lw

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How can I make a donations (not for Polar Bear-done already) to the Galiano Health Care Society. Is etransfer doable?

Way to go!!!

Congratulations to the dippers!

☀️😃We have more info! 🌈⭐️
Island Health has sent some fantastic FAQ's so I thought I'd post them here. Please review them! They answer the most common questions to ease your mind. -lw

🧒👧Questions & Answers – COVID-19 immunizations for children
Q. What vaccine do children get?
A. The pediatric Pfizer mRNA vaccine approved by Health Canada is the same as the vaccine provided to older children
and adults, but in a smaller dose shown to produce high protection in younger children.

Q. When are children eligible?
A. Eligibility is based on your child's birth date. They must be 5 years of age or older to get vaccinated.

Q. Do I have to register my child and make an appointment?
A. Yes. Children must be registered in the provincial Get Vaccinated system to make an appointment and receive the
COVID-19 vaccine.

Q. COVID-19 isn’t serious in children. Why should they be vaccinated?
A. While most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, some can become very sick or experience rare but
serious side effects. It is recommended that eligible children receive the vaccine to protect their health and the health of
those around them. Vaccination is also recommended for children who have recovered from COVID-19 to ensure they
have strong immune protection.

Q. My child turns 12 soon. Should they still get the pediatric dose?
A. If your child turns 12 in 2022, it's your choice to wait and have them vaccinated with the full dosage for youth and
adults.

Q. Will my child need a second dose?
A. Children need two doses of vaccine to get the most effective protection against COVID-19. The second dose will be
offered 8 weeks or more after the first dose. Parents or guardians will by invited by text, email or phone call to book
their second appointment.

💪 Questions & Answers – Booster doses 💪

Q. Why do I need a booster dose?
A. A booster dose is an additional shot of vaccine that helps you maintain and lengthen your protection against COVID19. When you get a booster dose, you're helping protect you and the people around you from COVID-19.

Q. Who is eligible for a booster dose?
A. Starting in January 2022, people 18 years and older will get a booking invitation between 6 to 8 months after the date
of their second dose. First and second vaccine doses will continue to protect you from COVID-19 until you get a booster
dose.

Q. What vaccine will I get?
A. You will receive either the Moderna or Pfizer (mRNA) vaccine for your booster dose. These vaccines are interchangeable.

Q. Why do some people get a smaller dose for their booster?
A. People who are under 70 and are not clinically extremely vulnerable receive a half-dose of mRNA vaccine. This is
supported by clinical guidance from the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) and the B.C. Centre for Disease
Control.

Q. I already booked an appointment in another community. Can I come to my local clinic instead?
A. Yes. You can reschedule online at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/cancel-booking . You can also call 1-833-
838-2323.
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☀️😃We have more info! 🌈⭐️
Island Health has sent some fantastic FAQs so I thought Id post them here. Please review them! They answer the most common questions to ease your mind.  -lw

🧒👧Questions & Answers – COVID-19 immunizations for children
Q. What vaccine do children get?
A. The pediatric Pfizer mRNA vaccine approved by Health Canada is the same as the vaccine provided to older children
and adults, but in a smaller dose shown to produce high protection in younger children.

Q. When are children eligible?
A. Eligibility is based on your childs birth date. They must be 5 years of age or older to get vaccinated.

Q. Do I have to register my child and make an appointment?
A. Yes. Children must be registered in the provincial Get Vaccinated system to make an appointment and receive the
COVID-19 vaccine.

Q. COVID-19 isn’t serious in children. Why should they be vaccinated?
A. While most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, some can become very sick or experience rare but
serious side effects. It is recommended that eligible children receive the vaccine to protect their health and the health of
those around them. Vaccination is also recommended for children who have recovered from COVID-19 to ensure they
have strong immune protection.

Q. My child turns 12 soon. Should they still get the pediatric dose?
A. If your child turns 12 in 2022, its your choice to wait and have them vaccinated with the full dosage for youth and
adults.

Q. Will my child need a second dose?
A. Children need two doses of vaccine to get the most effective protection against COVID-19. The second dose will be
offered 8 weeks or more after the first dose. Parents or guardians will by invited by text, email or phone call to book
their second appointment.

💪 Questions & Answers – Booster doses 💪

Q. Why do I need a booster dose?
A. A booster dose is an additional shot of vaccine that helps you maintain and lengthen your protection against COVID19. When you get a booster dose, youre helping protect you and the people around you from COVID-19.

Q. Who is eligible for a booster dose?
A. Starting in January 2022, people 18 years and older will get a booking invitation between 6 to 8 months after the date
of their second dose. First and second vaccine doses will continue to protect you from COVID-19 until you get a booster
dose.

Q. What vaccine will I get?
A. You will receive either the Moderna or Pfizer (mRNA) vaccine for your booster dose. These vaccines are interchangeable.

Q. Why do some people get a smaller dose for their booster?
A. People who are under 70 and are not clinically extremely vulnerable receive a half-dose of mRNA vaccine. This is
supported by clinical guidance from the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) and the B.C. Centre for Disease
Control.

Q. I already booked an appointment in another community. Can I come to my local clinic instead?
A. Yes. You can reschedule online at https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/cancel-booking . You can also call 1-833-
838-2323.

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Thank you! Do you know what the interval is between doses for kids age 5-11?

Please take note of our holiday closures to allow staff and practitioners some much needed time with family and loved ones.
There is always a physician on call when the clinic is closed. They may be on Mayne or Pender or Galiano. There is a calendar on our website that indicates such. There's always someone there for you! Best of the season, Galiano!
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Please take note of our holiday closures to allow staff and practitioners some much needed time with family and loved ones. 
There is always a physician on call when the clinic is closed. They may be on Mayne or Pender or Galiano. There is a calendar on our website that indicates such. Theres always someone there for you! Best of the season, Galiano!
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“Quality health care” is something we can all agree on as a priority

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!

Linda Ruedrich,

Executive Director/Manager
Galiano Health Care Society

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