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.
Your Galiano Health Care Centre Staff