Medical Clinic
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Although we care for many non-Indigenous patients, we are the only clinic in the Downtown Eastside that specifically focuses on the needs of Indigenous peoples.
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MEDICAL CLINIC MAIN | BACKGROUND | SERVICES | LOW LITERACY PATIENT TEACHING GUIDES

Family Physicians

We provide complete primary care medical services (with the exception of obstetrics) and currently have ten family practice physicians on staff. The physicians each have their own area of expertise such as HIV, mental health, diabetes, women, children and addictions. There are three physicians available during day time hours, Mondays through Fridays, and one physician working evenings and weekends.

Nurses

Nursing care is available seven days a week and our nurses provide wound care, well-women exams, phlebotomy and many other nursing services. One of our nurses has also spearheaded the clinic’s smoking cessation program.

Hepatitis C Treatment Program

An integrated Hepatitis C treatment program continues to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Along with peer facilitators, the team also runs a Hep C group which educates and facilitates group discussion and support. Post-poned until further notice.

Diabetes Self-Management Program

The Diabetes Self-Management Program is a free six-session workshop. The workshop helps people with type 2 diabetes ant their caregivers to better manage symptoms and activities of daliy life. Participants receive the "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" companion book. Participants should attend all six sesions to get the maximum benefit. 

Specialists

The clinic provides access to the following specialties:

  • psychiatry and mental health counselling
  • alcohol and drug counselling
  • dietitian counselling

Providing this integrated and comprehensive care has greatly improved the access to and the quality of medical care for our patients.

Groups

Women and Children – Wednesday afternoons are set aside for women and children in order to provide a safe and comfortable space as they wait for a visit with their care provider. In conjunction with the Positive Outlook Program, we offer a yearly "Papalooza” afternoon where well-women exams are offered along with food, games and prizes.

Youth Night – We offer a weekly evening Youth Clinic which runs concurrently with the Youth Drop-in every Wednesday evening. The clinic and drop-in offer a safe, low threshold, culturally appropriate space where youth can access timely medical care and a nutritious meal. In 2010 there were three hundred and ninety youth visits to the clinic and most of these youth were not previously engaged in any kind of medical care.

The women, men and youth that attend these groups are also welcome to access any of the clinic’s services during regular clinic hours.

Education

The clinic continues to provide training opportunities for medical students, residents and nurses as well as providing appropriate continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and support staff. The clinic also participates in the CHIUS (Community Health Initiative by University Students) program and a physician and nurse teach medical and nursing students on Wednesday evenings.