Central Island

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Your local family doctors and nurse practitioners are here for you to ensure your medical needs are addressed during this pandemic, and we want to stress how important it is for people to continue to make sure they receive ongoing care from their family doctor or nurse practitioners.  It's easier than ever to see your primary caregiver - just call their office!  Most visits are now taking place via video or phone, to ensure you receive the care you need (including any medications), from the safety of your home. If an in-person visit is needed, the office will arrange that, too, in a way that will be safe. Just book with them like you always do.

COVID-19 Information for Patients (May 2020)

If you think you might have symptoms of COVID-19,   at this time, any physician or nurse practitioner can order a test for a patient with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms based on their clinical judgement.   you think you might have symptoms, call your phyisican or nurse practitioner's office.  

If you do not have a primary care provider, please call Island Health's Call Centre at 1-844-901-8442 to be assessed to determine if you need testing.  Appointments for COVID-19 testing must be pre-booked through a primary care provider or Island Health's Call Centre - testing sites are unable to accomodate unscheduled or walk-in visits. 

Worried?  Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.

Please visit the Government of BC website for the most up to date information. 

COVID-19 Information for Family Physicians

Please visit Island Health's Primary Care Package page and the BCCDC page regularly for updates.  Your Pathways homepage contains valuable information for physicians and nurse practitioners and is updated daily.  

Please also see the most up to date information on the Doctors of BC website, https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/working-change/advocating-physicians/coronavirus-covid-19-updates

Island Health's Medical Staff page contains many tools and updates for medical staff on the COVID-19 pandemic.  Coronavirus Updates

You will be getting daily updates from the Central Island Division of Family Practice via email, but please do contact Jill Skuse for more information on anything we have sent.  Log in to our member page for more information 

The Central Island Division of Family Practice

The Central Island Division of Family Practice, formed in 2019 through a union of the Oceanside and Port Alberni Divisions, is a local non-profit society of community-based primary care physicians and nurse practitioners based in Central Vancouver Island, with our area stretching South from Nanoose Bay all the way up to Bowser and all of the communities in between, from the East Coast of Vancouver Island right to the West Coast. Whilst our communities are diverse, the Division gives local primary care providers an opportunity to work collaboratively with Island Health, the GPSC, and the Ministry of Health to identify health care needs in the local community and develop solutions to meet those needs. Our members work together to increase family practitioner influence on health care delivery in our region, enhance professional satisfaction to general practitioners, and improve patient care in our area.

No Care Provider?  

If you need medical care and are unattached to a care provider, please consider the following local resources: 

View the list of local walk-in clinics (in Nanaimo).
View the list of local walk-in clinics (in Port Alberni).
Call 8-1-1, HealthLinkBC to get health information and services from a nurse, dietitian or pharmacist. Available 24/7.
Access the Telus Babylon healthcare app online. The service provides free doctor consultations for BC residents covered by the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).  You can check your symptoms on the app 24/7. Hours available for an online consultation are Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, and Sunday 8am-4pm.  If prescriptions are required, they can be sent to the pharmacy of your choice for pickup.
Speak with your pharmacist who may be able to provide an emergency refill of your prescription, including medications for chronic conditions, or advice about over-the-counter medications for minor issues.
For non-life threatening illnesses or injuries that need immediate same-day care in the Oceanside area, please contact the Oceanside Health Centre at 489 Alberni Highway, Parksville. Please note that the Urgent Care Centre is not a Walk-in Clinic. Not sure which medical conditions should be appropriately treated at the Oceanside Health Centre? Please have a look at Your Urgent Care Journey.
For emergency care in the Port Alberni area, please contact the West Coast General Hospital at (250) 731-1370. Please see their website for a full list of health services offered at West Coast General.
Oceanside Mental Health and Substance Use Walk-in Services for Adolescent and Adults . Available M-F 10-00 am – 7:00 pm Oceanside Health Center (see first floor reception)
If you are pregnant, please register with Island Health's prenatal registry.

Sign up online to have your name added to the Patient Attachment waitlist for Central Island residents. Please note that attachment for the Central Island community is very limited at this time. You will be contacted when there is capacity to attach you to a healthcare provider.

Sign up for the waitlist  - Oceanside Communities

Sign up for the waitlist  - Port Alberni Communities