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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

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. Anik Mommsen-Smith

Dr. Andre Touchburn

Lee-Ann Jespersen, NP


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Interested in booking online? Email the clinic at galianoclinic@gmail.com to request a personalized portal link.

Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Phones Answered 9:30am – 4:00pm
Closed for Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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

(If you are on a PC, you can click the QR below. If you are on a smartphone, open your camera and point it at the code, you’ll be directed to a link!)

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After hours On-Call Calendar

  • Click to enlarge – shows which island the on-call physician is on.
  • The on-call physician can assist you even if they are on Pender or Mayne. The after hours call runs from 5pm each evening to 8am the next morning, and on weekends from 5pm (1700h) Friday to 8am (0800h) Mondays. This call is shared between Pender, Mayne and Galiano physicians.
  • Where indicated, Galiano has a first call nurse that you may be triaged to, but you MUST call the On-Call Physician FIRST

Drs. Mommsen-Smith & Touchburn on Galiano Island
Drs. Amyree, Knight & Moore are on Pender Island.
Dr. Losier is on Mayne Island.

Galiano Health Care Centre

908 Burrill Rd

Galiano Island, BC  V0N 1P0

Canada

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HEALTH CARE OPTIONS OUTSIDE THE GALIANO CLINIC
**for all resources below we recommend calling ahead to get the most current wait times and information**

Emergency Rooms
Saanich Peninsula Hospital
2166 Mt Newton X Rd, Saanichton
250-544-7676

Royal Jubilee Hospital
1952 Bay St, Victoria
250-370-8000

Victoria General Hospital
1 Hospital Way, Victoria
250-727-4212

Victoria Urgent and Primary Care Centres
Not for Emergencies but for things requiring attention within 12-24 hours. Self schedule and walk in accepted.
Can also be used for primary care needs for people without a family doctor or NP.

North Quadra Esquimalt
100-4420 Chatterton Way 890 Esquimalt Rd
250-519-3820 250-519-3880

Downtown James Bay
547 Michigan St 1107 Pandora Ave
250-519-3770 250-519-3870

Telehealth - online or on your phone
tiahealth.com/ Free with your care card
www.telus.com/en/health/my-care/doctors Free with your care card

Walk-in Clinics
Medimap.ca has a variety of walk-in clinic contact information and may even show the current wait time
bc.skipthewaitingroom.com/
shorelinemedical.ca/walk-in-clinic/ or 250-656-4113 for Sidney, 250-652-9191 for Brentwood Bay

811 - telephone service, dial 8-1-1
Connects you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. Any one of these healthcare professionals will help you get the information you need to manage your health concerns, or those of your family.

Pharmacist services - refills and minor ailments
www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/pharmacy-services#pharmacisthelp
Pharmacists can now prescribe for 21 minor ailments as well as birth control. Can also provide emergency refills in certain circumstances.

Finding regular primary care
-add yourself to the clinic waitlist if they are accepting names
-https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-connect-registry
-https://bccfp.bc.ca/for-the-public/find-a-family-doctor/
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HEALTH CARE OPTIONS OUTSIDE THE GALIANO CLINIC
**for all resources below we recommend calling ahead to get the most current wait times and information**

Emergency Rooms
Saanich Peninsula Hospital            
2166 Mt Newton X Rd, Saanichton
250-544-7676 

Royal Jubilee Hospital  
1952 Bay St, Victoria         
250-370-8000       

Victoria General Hospital  
1 Hospital Way, Victoria
 250-727-4212

Victoria Urgent and Primary Care Centres
Not for Emergencies but for things requiring attention within 12-24 hours.  Self schedule and walk in accepted.
Can also be used for primary care needs for people without a family doctor or NP.

North Quadra Esquimalt
100-4420 Chatterton Way 890 Esquimalt Rd
250-519-3820 250-519-3880

Downtown  James Bay
547 Michigan St 1107 Pandora Ave
250-519-3770 250-519-3870

Telehealth - online or on your phone
https://tiahealth.com/  Free with your care card
https://www.telus.com/en/health/my-care/doctors  Free with your care card

Walk-in Clinics
Medimap.ca has a variety of walk-in clinic contact information and may even show the current wait time
https://bc.skipthewaitingroom.com/
https://shorelinemedical.ca/walk-in-clinic/ or 250-656-4113 for Sidney, 250-652-9191 for Brentwood Bay

811 - telephone service, dial 8-1-1
Connects you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. Any one of these healthcare professionals will help you get the information you need to manage your health concerns, or those of your family. 

Pharmacist services - refills and minor ailments
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/pharmacy-services#pharmacisthelp
Pharmacists can now prescribe for 21 minor ailments as well as birth control.  Can also provide emergency refills in certain circumstances.

Finding regular primary care
-add yourself to the clinic waitlist if they are accepting names
-https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-connect-registry
-https://bccfp.bc.ca/for-the-public/find-a-family-doctor/

The clinic is CLOSED today. We have no practitioners available. Call 911 if you are having an emergency. The on call doctor for medical emergencies is available AFTER 5pm. (1-800-866-5602) We hope to be open tomorrow. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

We today announce to the community of Galiano that our wonderful Nurse Practitioner Lee-Ann Jespersen will be leaving us mid-March 2024.
Although we are saddened by her departure, we express joy for her new adventures at the Pender Islands Medical Centre, on her home island.
Lee-Ann has been a bright light at our clinic for 3 years. She will be missed, but we wish her all the best.
We also announce that Dr. Andre Touchburn will not be renewing his contract with us at the end of April 2024. He is slated to return in the fall to locum with us for a few months before heading off on further opportunities.
Andre has become an integral part of our clinic team in the time he has been with us and we are grateful for his calm demeanor and emergency expertise.
Dr. Mommsen-Smith is continuing as our .8FTE (NOT full time) highly skilled and enthusiastic physician and Medical Director.
This means that there will be many changes at the clinic over the next year.

What does this mean for you?
As a patient, we encourage you to please stay on top of your prescription renewal needs and regular follow ups. Please respond promptly to any messages or reminders you receive.
Dr. Mommsen-Smith's appointments are now 15 minutes long in an effort to see as many people as possible.
Please be on time for appointments to help us create an efficient, smoothly running day.
If you have been on the waitlist it may come as no surprise that we are now unable to accept any new patients until further notice.
Our short lived but mighty "full complement" of practitioners allowed us to take 12 families onto our panel over the past few months, and for that we are grateful.
The clinic remains here for everyone, patient or not, who needs urgent or emergency medical care.
Our new RN, Regina Svidler, will continue working part time in the clinic to support the team with triaging and other vital tasks.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We are not alone in this. Every other gulf island is in the same boat.
Further, nearly one million British Columbians do not have a family doctor.
We're confident that Island Health will steadfastly work on recruitment for both of these positions, and we look forward to sharing news as we have it.
We will continue to use the Locums for Rural BC Program as much as possible to bring in locum physicians to our community.
Once again, a mountain of gratitude to Lee-Ann and Dr. Touchburn for their service to our community, and thank you to Dr. Mommsen-Smith for her energy as our Medical Director.
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Thank you so much to all those who swam today and to those who pledged swimmers.

Photo: The final four swimmers stayed in for 24 mins to celebrate 2024! Amazing 🤩

Warm shout out to all those who made this event happen!

#galianopolarbrrr2024
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Thank you so much to all those who swam today and to those who pledged swimmers. 

Photo:  The final four swimmers stayed in for 24 mins to celebrate 2024!  Amazing 🤩 

Warm shout out to all those who made this event happen!

#galianopolarbrrr2024

Jump in on the fun New Years day. We are setting up the bonfire early. There will be hot chocolate, hot dogs, treats!

Countdown with the Polar Bear and all our amazing swimmers

#galianopolarbrrr2024
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Jump in on the fun New Years day. We are setting up the bonfire early. There will be hot chocolate, hot dogs, treats! 

Countdown with the Polar Bear and all our amazing swimmers

#galianopolarbrrr2024

1 CommentComment on Facebook

Way to go Enso! You are about to start something really amazing.

Meet 10 year old Enzo, who is collecting pledges for the Polar Bear swim. Send him some encouragement in the comments below!! 👇🏽
You can cheer for Enzo by showing up tomorrow at the Montague boat launch, donate at

Direct link: www.zeffy.com/en-CA/fundraising/297429a9-3ff8-479f-a65c-4ad9c763b467

Show up before Noon to enjoy the fire and fun 🤩 Swim at NOON sharp!

#galianopolarbrrr2024
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Meet 10 year old Enzo, who is collecting pledges for the Polar Bear swim.  Send him some encouragement in the comments below!! 👇🏽 
You can cheer for Enzo by showing up tomorrow at the Montague boat launch, donate at

Direct link: https://www.zeffy.com/en-CA/fundraising/297429a9-3ff8-479f-a65c-4ad9c763b467

Show up before Noon to enjoy the fire and fun 🤩 Swim at NOON sharp!

#galianopolarbrrr2024

1 CommentComment on Facebook

Way to go Enzo! ⭐️

You asked us to bring it! We have doubled the number of hot dogs for #galianopolarbrrr 2024 ... See MoreSee Less

You asked us to bring it!  We have doubled the number of hot dogs for #galianopolarbrrr 2024

1 CommentComment on Facebook

Thank you !!!

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News & Events

“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, Registered Massage Therapist, 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,

Senior Executive Director/CFO
Galiano Health Care Society

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