Northern BC, including rural and remote communities, will have same-day access to the health-care support they need, as government launches the Northern Health Virtual Primary and Community Care Clinic.
People living in the Northern Health region can access the clinic by calling 1 844 645-7811.
"This virtual clinic will make a meaningful difference in addressing our large geography and service availability in small remote communities. Since we launched the virtual clinic at the beginning of the pandemic, we've heard from many people about the difference an accessible virtual service is making in their lives,” said Cathy Ulrich, CEO, Northern Health Authority.
"Every person in British Columbia deserves to have the health care they need, as soon as they need it, wherever they live," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
"People living in rural and remote communities in B.C. have faced challenges in accessing health care for too long. The launch of the virtual clinic will mean that people will be able to see a primary care provider and have access to efficient, same-day health-care services, in their own home, virtually."
People living in the most remote and underserved communities, those without a family physician or nurse practitioner and those in need of everyday health care after business hours will be able to speak to a health-care provider between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week and on holidays. The virtual clinic has 28 full-time equivalent health-care providers made up of telecare and front-line nurses, clinic co-ordinators, administrative staff, a telecare team lead and a program specialist, with plans to expand in the future.