We are not just building a facility, we are building a space for the Bowen spirit of caring to grow and flourish—a place where we can be taken care of when needed and to learn to take better care of our loved ones and ourselves.
The long-term vision for the centre goes beyond our primary care needs. It will be a place of community outreach for health including, for example, CPR training, first aid training, and well-baby clinics. It will be a place to learn about prevention so that we can all take a more active role in our own health.
The health centre will be located in Snug Cove on Lot 3 of the Community Lands, just south of the new Fire Hall site. The Municipality is providing a long-term land lease at a nominal rate to the Foundation. The new building will be approximately 8000 square feet accommodating reception, primary and urgent care treatment areas, allied professional services, and public programming space.
Expanded hours of access to medical services is a central need of the community. To begin, the centre will be open for extended hours Monday through Friday, and for at least one half-day on the weekend. The long term goal is to have after-hours on-call service. Ongoing, service hours will be adjusted to meet community needs.
The core team will include a collaborative group of primary care practitioners. This will allow more residents to have a primary care doctor close to home. The centre will also be equipped to handle urgent care needs – medical problems that need to be treated right away, but are not considered life or death emergencies. Symptoms for an urgent care need might include fever without rash, ear pain, painful urination, persistent diarrhea, sore throat, vomiting, minor trauma such as a sprain or cut, simple large bone fractures.
The service model integrates primary and urgent care services with Vancouver Coastal Health nursing services and clinics (such as immunization, social work, diabetes, asthma, and occupational therapy) as well the services of allied health professionals, such as physiotherapy. Life Labs collection service will also have use of a space in the centre.
Emergency services will not be provided at the health centre. Emergency conditions require rapid or advanced treatments that are only available in a hospital setting. If you believe you have an emergency medical condition, call 9-1-1 immediately.
With more physicians, services and equipment available at the planned Bowen Island community health centre, we will have more urgent care resources available close to home when a primary care doctor is needed for your urgent care conditions.
Community needs will determine requirements for additional services in the future. Surplus income and additional fundraising campaigns if needed, will be used to cover capital requirements for these needs.