Primary Care Clinic - Pender Community Health Centre

?We provide primary health care to residents of the Downtown Eastside who do not have a primary physician and who have challenges accessing traditional health care services. Primary care provides services only to specific populations - not for general access. 

Services are provided by a team that may include doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, concurrent disorders counsellors, social workers, community liaison workers, and peers. Primary care health services include: medical exams; wound care; disease prevention; diagnosis; immunization for adults; information, treatment and prevention for sexually transmitted infections (STI), HIV and hepatitis; TB testing and care.

The clinic also provides addictions services including opiate agonist therapy (methadone/Suboxone) initiation and maintenance; needle exchange (clean needles and other harm reduction equipment/supplies) plus support in seeking detox, recovery houses and treatment centres. Concurrent Disorders counsellors provide short-term individual counselling, as well as groups that address both mental health and addiction issues and referrals to other community resources and education.

Other services offered at the center include a podiatrist, dermatologist, respiratory (lung) therapist, a dietitian, and internal medicine consultations.

Specialty area(s) include the Hepatitis C program, which offers monitoring and treatment of hepatitis C and a hepatitis C group.

Pender Community Health Centre

59 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1R3
Phone: (604) 669-9181
Fax: (604) 688-9775

Hours of operation

 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Women only: Thursday from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.


?Screening for access to services will be completed by clinic staff at first visit.

Priority given to individuals living with complex psychosocial and clinical needs, who are vulnerable and underserved, and who require a higher intensity of services to achieve and maintain functional stability.

Age: 19+