Primary Care Clinic - Downtown 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. 

Services are provided by a team that may include doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, 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.

We 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. 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, respiratory (lung) therapist, dietitian, and on-site pharmacy services.

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

Downtown Community Health Centre

569 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1G8
Phone: (604) 255-3151
Fax: (604) 255-0314

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. ? 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays: 8:30 a.m. ? 6 p.m.

Parking & transportation

 Accessible by public transit and free street parking is available.


Primary care provides services only to specific populations - not for general access. Priority is given to individuals who are 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. 

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

Age Range: 19 and over