Health

Topics
1.Health Information
2.Medical Services Plan (MSP) Information
3.Health Clinics
Vancouver
Burnaby
Richmond
New Westminster
North Vancouver
Abbotsford
Surrey
Tri-Cities
4.Mental Health

 

Health Information

New Online Service Available for STI Testing
GetCheckedOnline is a free and confidential online sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing service provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). In a few steps, you can print a lab form, then go to a participating LifeLabs site to give your samples and get your results online or over the phone. You do not need to give your real name or date of birth; you just need an email or phone number that functions as your identifier. Please note that this service currently only tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and Hepatitis C. If you are interested in using this service, please contact us at info@swanvancouver.ca or 604-719-6343 to receive a promotional code to get started. To access the service or find out more, click here.

Health Link BC
Call Health Link BC to speak with a registered nurse any time, every day of the year.
Call 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C.*For the deaf and hearing-impaired, call 7-1-1
Translation services are available in more than 130 languages.

Options for Sexual Health Sex Sense Line
Sex Sense is a free confidential sexual health referral and information service open Monday to Friday from 9am-9pm. To have questions answered, there are two options: Call 1-800-SEX-SENSE (1-800-739-7367) throughout BC* or 604-731-7803 in the Lower Mainland.

Where can I get emergency contraceptive (Plan B)?
Most pharmacies, doctors’ offices, public walk-in clinics (see above) and hospitals have emergency contraceptive available without a prescription. The cost is anywhere from $30-$60 depending on the brand. It is best to call ahead to ensure stock levels and price. Options for Sexual Health Clinics offer emergency contraceptive for $20 (cash only). To see a full listing of Options for Sexual Health Clinics and their hours, click here.

Where can I get more information about staying healthy while working?
STAR (Sex Trade Advocacy and Research) has published a booklet called Health Matters, with information on how to stay healthy while working; avoiding accidents and injuries; stress, fear and stigma; alcohol and drug use; and sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

STI Resources and Information

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Medical Services Plan (MSP) Information

BC MSP
The Government of British Columbia has a health insurance plan called the Medical Services Plan
(MSP). MSP pays for most health costs—for example, doctors, most medical tests, and treatments.
To access this plan, you need to be a resident of British Columbia, and one of the following:
-a Canadian citizen
-a landed immigrant
-a government-assisted refugee
-a post-­secondary international student with a study permit
-a temporary worker with a work permit for six months or longer
To enroll, click here.

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Health Clinics


Vancouver

Women’s Health Collective BC Women’s Nurse Practitioners
29 West Hastings 604-736-5262
All ages. Women only. Self-identified women welcome.
Monday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Tuesday – Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Services: Comprehensive women’s health care – *Check-ups *Diagnosis and prescriptions *Specialist referrals *Birth control *Pap tests * STI & HIV testing. (Blood work and specialist services not available)
Drop-in or appointment. Free and confidential services; no provincial health coverage (MSP) required. MSP or payment may be required if further tests (e.g., blood tests, ultrasounds) are needed.
Will not share results with family doctor if requested.

BCCDC Bute St. Clinic
1170 Bute St. 604-707-2799
Monday-Friday 11 am – 6:30pm
All ages.
Offers: *STI & HIV testing (point of care available) *Birth control and emergency contraception *Hepatitis B vaccine.
Free and confidential. No provincial health coverage (MSP) required. MSP or payment may be required if further tests (e.g., blood tests, ultrasounds) are needed.

New Immigrant Women’s Clinic
BC Women’s Hospital 604-875-3137
18+. For new immigrant women in Canada less than 5 years. provincial health coverage (MSP) or non-MSP eligible patients (including refugees). Services include: *cervical cancer screening *breast screening/mammography *STI testing *contraceptive counseling *mature women’s health (menopause) care

Outreach Nurse Program
Outreach nurses may be available to visit your home or workplace. Please contact us for more information or if you are interested in seeing an outreach nurse at 604-719-6343 or by email info@swanvancouver.ca

Mount Saint Joseph Hospital ­ Rapid Access Breast Clinic (specialty clinic)
Provides rapid, expert assessment and diagnostic services for women with abnormal mammograms
or breast symptoms. The clinic discusses appropriate diagnosis of breast cancer and the general
surgery management of breast disease for partial mastectomies, sentinel lymph node biopsies and
axillary dissections. The clinic also offers consultations for plastic surgical reconstruction.
Address: 3080 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5T 3N4
Phone 604.877.8511
Hours: 7:30­4:30pm
MSP required

For more community clinic options in Vancouver, click here. 


Burnaby

Options for Sexual Health Clinic
4734 Imperial 604-731-4252
All ages. Offers: *Birth control *Pregnancy testing and options * STI & HIV testing.Wednesdays 7pm-9pm

Youth Clinic
4734 Imperial 604- 293-1764. 21 and under.
*STI testing, treatment and counseling *HIV counseling, testing and referral *Pregnancy testing *Emergency contraception.Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Global Family Care Clinic
#204-7315 Edmonds 604-412-6580
*Services for immigrants and refugees who do not currently have a family physician and who have been living in Canada for less than three years.*Health care, social service and settlement service providers can refer patients to the clinic. *Appointment only (no walk-in).
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Richmond

Gilwest Clinic
7000 Westminster Highway 604-233-3135
Monday 9:00am-11:30am; Tuesday 9:00am-12:00pm; Thursday 4:00pm-7:00pm
All ages.
Offers: *STI testing and treatment *HIV testing (including point of care) *Hep C testing, treatment and prevention.
Free services. No provincial health coverage (MSP) required. MSP or payment may be required if further tests (e.g., blood tests, ultrasounds) are needed.

Youth Clinic
8100 Granville 604-233-3204.21 and under.
*STI & HIV testing *Birth control* Morning after pill free for all ages.
Mondays 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. /Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m/ Fridays 1 p.m. – 4p.m.


New Westminster

New Westminster Public Health Unit
Suite 218, 610 6th Street
New Westminster, BC
V3L 3C2
604-777-6740
Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  By Appointment Only.
Services Available:  STI testing and treatment, STI counselling, HIV Pre & Post test counselling and testing, HIV rapid testing drop in.

Youth Clinic
Services to age 22 and under.
38 Begbie Street
New Westminster, BC
V3M 3L9
604-329-1875
Hours: Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Services Available:   STI testing, treatment and counselling, HIV counselling, testing and referral, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, birth control information, immunization. Free birth control to youth until 19th birthday.


North Vancouver

John Braithwaite Youth Health Clinic
Services for Youth 20 and under.
145 West 1st Street, 2nd Floor
North Vancouver, BC
V7M 3N8
604-983-6700
Hours: Mondays 3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Services Available:   Emergency contraception, birth control, STI/HIV testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and counselling, smoking cessation, stress counselling, immunization, nutrition information and general health information.

North Vancouver Parkgate Youth Health Clinic
Services for Youth 20 and under
3625 Banff Court, 2nd Floor
North Vancouver, BC
V7H 2Y7
778-389-6372
Hours: Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Services Available: .  Emergency contraception, birth control, STI/HIV testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and counselling, smoking cessation, stress counselling, immunization, nutrition information and general health information.


Abbotsford

Abbotsford Public Health Unit STI Clinic
#104 – 34194 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, BC
V2S 5E4
604-864-3400
Hours: Monday – Friday afternoons only, call for appointment
Point of Care HIV Clinic: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 4:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m.
Services Available:  STI testing and treatment, STI counselling, HIV counselling and testing, pap smears.


Surrey

Surrey – STI Clinic, North Surrey Public Health
220 – 10362 King George Highway
Surrey, BC
V3T 2W5
604-587-7900
Hours: Monday – Friday hours vary – please call for appointment.
Drop in Point of Care HIV testing on third Monday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Services Available:  STI counselling, testing and treatment, HIV counselling and testing, Point of Care HIV testing, sexual health education.

Surrey North Community Health Centre
10667 135A Street
Surrey, BC
V3T 5B7
604-583-5666
Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Services Available:  STI counselling, testing and treatment, HIV counselling and testing, community education, immunizations (for eligible clients).

Surrey Youth Clinic – Surrey Memorial Hospital
Services for Youth 22 and under.
13750 96 Avenue
Surrey, BC
V3V 1Z2
604-585-5999 – Appointments are strongly recommended.
Hours: Mondays 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Services Available:  We are a free and confidential health clinic offering emergency contraception, birth control, STI/HIV testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and general health information.  Free birth control available to youth until 19th birthday.


Tri-Cities

Tri-Cities Youth Clinic (Newport Public Health)
Services for youth 22 and under.
200 – 205 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC
V3H 5C9
604-614-7688
Hours: Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Services Available:  Emergency contraception, birth control, STI/HIV testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and counselling, smoking cessation, stress counselling, immunization, nutrition information and general health information.  Free birth control to youth until 19th birthday.

For other clinics in BC, click here.

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Mental Health

Canadian Mental Health Association, Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health Program
Bounce Back is an evidence­based program designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of
mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety.

Bounce Back offers two forms of help:
• Living Life to the Full DVD
Bounce Back offers a free DVD providing practical tips on how to recognize and deal with
depressive symptoms. Watch a clip of it here. The DVD is available in English, Mandarin
and Cantonese.
• Telephone coaching and workbooks
Trained Bounce Back community coaches assist in the teaching of problem­solving and
other skills to overcome difficulties such as inactivity, unhelpful thinking, worry, and
avoidance. As the participants progress through workbooks, telephone coaching provides
additional support and help keep participants on track. Coaching is available in English,
French, Cantonese, and Punjabi. Access to the coaching component requires a doctor’s
referral.
Call 1­-866­-639­-0522 (toll­free)

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental
health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their
families from across BC. We also provide support to people of all ages with eating disorders. You
can reach us over the phone, in person, or through email.
Address: Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
Mental Health Building 85
BC Children’s Hospital Site
Room P3­302 – 4500 Oak Street
Vancouver
Phone: 604­875­2084
Toll Free: 1­800­665­1822
E­mail: keltycentre@bcmhs.bc.ca
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am ­ 5pm

Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre
The Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC) seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including immigrants, refugees, and members of established ethnocultural communities. Addressing issues of language, culture, religion and other aspects of cultural diversity can promote greater equity in mental health care.

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