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<div class="ExternalClass5590D0C2E2C946B9A0DBF73663EFE04C"><p>The GF Strong Early Response Concussion Service (ERCS) is an early intervention service for clients with a recent concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).  The purpose of this service is to support individuals with concussions and their family physicians (health care providers) with concussion self-management. An Occupational Therapist provides the ERCS interventions.</p><p><br></p><h2>Who is eligible for this program?</h2><ul><li><p>19 years or over (18 if they graduated from high school).</p></li><li><p>Recent concussion (6 months or less). Individuals with symptoms beyond 6 months can be considered for referral to the Self-Management Program. </p></li><li><p>Live within the Vancouver Coastal Health region.</p></li></ul><div><br></div><h2>ERCS services provided:</h2><ul><li><p>All clients are provided with education on concussion, including guidelines for self-management of symptoms and gradual return to activities, through print materials and group information sessions. </p></li><li><p>A summary of the education provided is sent to the family physician. </p></li></ul><p>For individuals with persistent symptoms or risk factors for prolonged recovery, additional supports may include: </p><ul><li><p>Consultation with the Occupational Therapist on a limited basis.<br></p></li><li><p>Referrals to community resources and other relevant supports.<br></p></li><li><p>Assessment by a physician.</p></li></ul><div><br></div><h2>Need to make a referral?</h2><p>All referrals must be made by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner. This program does not accept self-referrals. </p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-811" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Early response concussion referral forms</a> can be faxed to the GF Strong Rehab Centre.</p><p><br></p><h2>Related information</h2><p>Click on the Resources tab for links to additional information on concussion and recovery. </p><p>Physicians and health care providers looking for additional information on concussion diagnosis, symptom management and gradual return to activity guidelines are invited to visit the <a href="http://onf.org/" target="_blank">Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Website</a> for the Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms (2nd Edition). <br></p></div>4255 Laurel Street(604) 730-7904(604) 737-6291V5Z 2G9BC<div class="ExternalClass26C9602D185341008DE6CEE0A23812D4"><p></p></div>Paid parking is available. Pay stations are located at the main entrance to the building and at the staff entrance on 28th Avenue. <br><div><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1376" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Download parking rates for VCH facilities</a><br></div>49.2470743,-123.1255966<div class="ExternalClassAE967C99E1644DDDBB5EA44E84DB85A3"><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-811" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Download the Early response concussion referral form</a></p><p><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass0354CB9D9AC745A095898F4E56F11914"><div><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-810" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Concussions: A Guide to Understanding Symptoms and Recovery </a></div><div><a href="http://www.brainstreams.ca/learn/injured-brain/concussion" target="_blank">Brainstreams: Concussion 101 </a></div><div><a href="http://www.parachutecanada.org/thinkfirstcanada" target="_blank">ThinkFirst: Concussion and Sport </a></div><div><a href="http://www.parachutecanada.org/thinkfirstcanada" target="_blank">ThinkFirst: Return to Play Guidelines </a></div><div><a href="http://www.cattonline.com/" target="_blank">Concussion Awareness training Tool</a></div></div>GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

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