Health Resources

Mental Health

The world today is moving at a very fast pace, with information from social networks, news networks, and personal networks. It's hard to keep up with it all. This can cause overwelming feelings and feelings of separation from society. Lots of individuals feel this way.

The important thing, as with all things, is to be cautious on how much you consume. Stay informed, but set limits, participate in social networking, but set your hours and pick a network or two. Disconnection is healthy; a walk outside, a one to one meet up with a friend, a phone call. These are all great ways to disconnect. Learn to enjoy being alone and make some art, or listen to some music, or read a book.

If you still need more help, below are some of our favourite resources:

Vancouver Island Crisis Line

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is committed to providing accessible voice, text and chat crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. How to reach them:

  1. By Phone: 1 (888) 494-3888
  2. By Text: 1 (250) 800-3806 (between 6pm and 10pm only)
  3. Online: www.vicrisis.ca

Youth Connections

  • Here 2 Talk: Connect University students with help when its needed
  • Foundary BC: Virtual drop-in counselling for youth ages 12-24 and their caregivers

External Links

Websites

Apps

  • CBT Mindshift: Anxiety Canada free online self-help app
  • Calm: Sleep more. Stress less
  • Headspace: Learn to focus on what matters most
  • CBT-i Coach: Providing a structured program to improve sleep and alleviate symptons of insomnia
  • Calm Harm: Provides tasks to help resist or manage the urge to self-harm
  • Clear Fear: Helps reduce the physical responses to threat
  • InsightTimer: Sessions to help reduce stress, anxiety and improve sleep
  • Down Dog App: Fitness guide app

Books

  • The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns
  • Mind of Mood: Change How you Feel by Changing How You Think by Greenberger/Padesky

Covid-19 Specific

Download and Offline Tools

Download the Perinatal Mental Health handout for a list of resources.

Assessment Tools

Victoria Maternity Doctors

Visit Victoria Maternity Doctors for access to the maternity group website.

Maternity

The links below will provide you with valuable information regarding your pregnancy.

VIHA Maternity Admission Form

Download and complete the Maternity Pre-Admission Form prior to being admitted to the hospital. Bring the completed form to our office at a prenatal visit.

External Links

Covid-19

Covid-19 has made 2020 a challenging year. As the entire world tries to navigate and cope during this difficult and uncertain time, we would like to say thank you to all of you, for all that you have done, and continue to do, to help keep yourselves, your families and our community stay safe through this global pandemic. It is a challenge for all!!!

Since March, our office has seen many changes, and we have tried to adapt quickly to the challenge of delivering safe, competent, compassionate care within the guidelines of our Provincial Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Henry.

Like you, as patients, we have had to adapt quickly to a very different way of doing things.

We will not be seeing patients for in-office visits who are displaying any symptoms that could be consistent with Covid-19.

We would be happy to screen you through tele-health and refer you to a Covid screening or assessment center if necessary.

If you are booked for an in-person appointment and develop and Covid-19 symptoms, please call the office to change your appointment.

Covid Vaccination

The new Get Vaccinated system will be available starting Tuesday April 6th. People who are 71 and older — those born in 1950 or earlier — and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be able to register online to book their appointment, as will Indigenous people who are 18 and older.

Vaccines for patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable

People aged 16 to 74 who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have received their patient invitation letter can get vaccinated. You can book a vaccine appointment for yourself or have a family member or friend call for you.

If you're on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, you will receive a patient invitation letter. The letter will be mailed to your home address on file with your Personal Health Number. Letters will be mailed starting March 24 and should arrive by April 15.

More details for clinically extremely vulnerable patients here.

AstraZeneca Vaccine

Download the BC CDC Handout for AstraZeneca Vaccine.

Statement from Thrombosis Canada

Covid-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Download the BC Ministry of Health Handout for Pregnant or Breastfeeding women to make an informed choice about the vaccine.

Covid Screening

  • If you are just seeking Covid screening, please call 1 (844) 901-8442 (8:30am – 4:30pm). You will receive a call back to book a Covid-19 swab at one of the Island Health Testing Facilities.
  • More information is available at Island Health Symptoms & Testing website.
  • To help determine if you require a Covid-19 swab, please use the BC Self-Assessment Tool.

Covid-19 Resources

  • BC Centre for Disease Control Vaccine Information - Information on the two Covid-19 vaccines that have been approved for use in Canada, and reasons to get vaccinated.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine - Answers for Patients - With COVID-19 vaccines currently being administered in BC, many of you will have questions about the vaccine – who gets it and when; is it safe; is it effective and more.
  • 19 to Zero - A dedicated coalition of academics, public health experts, behavioural economists, and creative professionals working to understand, engage with, and ultimately shift public perceptions around Covid-19 behaviours and vaccination.
  • Pandemic Pregnancy Guide - An Instagram based guide from doctors at St. Mikes Hospital in Toronto of what to expect when expecting in a pandemic.
  • Government of Canada Vaccine Recommendations - Government of Canada recommendations on the use of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Flu Shot Policy for 2020/2021 Season

The BCCDC strongly recommends that everyone receives a flu vaccine in 2020/2021 flu season.

The Fluzone (HD) for 2020/21 will only be available (and given free of charge) to patients in Long Term Care facilities at this time.

Places to Obtain a Flu Shot

  1. Pharmacies: This is where most people will get their flu vaccine (ages 5+)
  2. Public Health Units: Details of these flu clinics will be posted at Island Health
  3. Our Office: For this flu season we will get our flu vaccine supply in batches as it becomes available. Currently our office does not have any supply of the flu vaccine and Public Health has informed us there is a shortage and will not be able to further supply our office. If more is available, our flu clinics will be booked based on our supply of vaccine and will be run as a “flu shot only” clinic.

It is recommended that during the Covid-19 pandemic that every person should receive a flu shot but especially if you are in a high risk group:

  • children 6 months to 5 years of age
  • Prenant women
  • Seniors 65+
  • Indigenous people
  • Anyone with a chronic illness or who is immune compromised
  • Anyone living with or having direct contact with any of the groups above

Obtaining A Vaccine at Our Office

If you are planning to have a flu shot at our clinic you will be required to give verbal confirmation, before receiving your shot, that you have read and understand the consent and will abide by the rules surrounding our clinic’s administration of the flu shots. Due to the logistics of doing this in accordance with the public health guidelines, we will not be offering flu shots to patients under the age of 5. You will need to attend a public health clinic. We will not be getting the nasal (Flumist) this year.

Consent for the Flu Shot at Our Clinic

Before you arrive at the clinic

  1. You will not attend the flu shot clinic if you have any viral symptoms, ie fever, cough, sore throat or unwell in any way.
  2. You will not bring anyone extra to the appt that is not being vaccinated
  3. You will wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
  4. You will wear a short sleeved shirt to allow staff easy access to the shoulder injection site

Upon Arrival

  1. Arrive AT your appointment time. Line up in the hall way at the 6ft markers and maintain distance as the line progresses
  2. Let us know if you:
    • Had previous reactions to the flu shot
    • Have Guillian-Barre Syndrome
    • Are receiving a checkpoint inhibitor to treat cancer
    • Never had a Flu shot previously

Note: An egg allergy (mild or sever) does not prevent you from getting the influenza vaccine

After Immunization

  • We recommend that patients remain in the parking area for 15 min post vaccine. After getting any vaccine, there is a 1/million chance of having a serious reaction, called anaphylaxis. This may include hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness or swelling of the tongue and throat. Should this occur the health care provider is equipped to deliver immediate care and arrange transfer to the nearest emergency department. If symptoms develop after you leave, call 911.
  • Most common reactions are soreness, redness and swelling at the vaccine site. Rarely other symptoms will include fever, headache and achiness that may last 1-2 days. Tylenol is often helpful if this occurs.
  • 1/million people can develop a rare condition called Guillian-Barre Syndrome, that results in paralysis of the body’s muscles.
  • You will not get the flu from the flu shot.

General Documents

The doctors office may direct you to this area of the website to download a specific file.

Medical Orders for Scope and Treatment (MOST)

If your doctor has requested you to download, print and bring in the "MOST" form, download it from here.

External Links

  • Asmtha Control Test: Aids you and your doctor to determine whether your asthma is being properly controlled.
  • Health-E-Steps - A healthy living program that helps individuals move more, sit less, and eat healthier.
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology Information - Up to date information and handouts on women's health care.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease - Resources to aid in the diagnosis and management of adults with CKD.
  • Kidney Disease Guidebook - A guidebook designed for people newly diagnosed with stages 3-5.
  • Kidney Failure Risk Equation - Find out your real risk of kidney failure.
  • QMUNITY - A non-profit organization based in Vancouver that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives.
  • Trans Care BC- Supporting the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province.

Educational Documents

In some cases the doctor may ask you to go to the Google Documents link to download a file. Click the button below to access the offices Google Documents folder.

Open Google Docs