GF Strong Adult Concussion Services (GFACS)

The GF Strong Adult Concussion Services (GFACS) offers 2 streams of service:

  1. GFACS Group Education Session

  2. GFACS Rehabilitation Program

GFACS Service Model

  • Clients are referred to the GFACS: Group Education Session

  • Clients are discharged back to the care of the family physician or medical clinic. Primary care provider is encouraged to prioritize the assessment and treatment of depression/anxiety, sleep, and headaches in individuals following concussion as per Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) 3rd Edition Guideline for Concussion / Mild TBI.

  • Clients who attended the GFACS: Group Education Session and continues to have persistent concussion symptoms may be referred to GFACS: Rehabilitation Program. Note: Referral form to GFACS: Rehabilitation Program will be made available directly to the family physician/medical clinic after the client attended the GFACS: Group Education Session.
     

    Please note:
    Worksafe BC clients:
    - Currently eligible for the GFACS Group Education Session stream only.
    - January 1st, 2020 onwards:  WorkSafe BC clients will be ineligible for GFACS

    ICBC clients:
    - Before September 2019: Eligible for GFACS Group Education Session. A re-referral is required for a one-time consultation session if client continues to have persistent concussion symptoms.
    - September 1st, 2019 to December 31, 2019: Eligible for GFACS Group Education Session only (no one-time consultation).
    - January 1st, 2020 onwards: ICBC clients will be ineligible for GFACS.

GFACS: Group Education Session

 

  • Criteria for GFACS: Group Education Session referral
    • Live within VCH
    • Aged 18 + years old
    • Diagnosis of concussion/mTBI less than 1 year ago
  • An Occupational Therapist provides a group based education about concussion, concussion recovery, and self-management strategies.
  • Referred by a physician or nurse practitioner using the attached GFACS referral form.

     

GFACS: Rehabilitation Program

 

  • Criteria for the GFACS: Rehabilitation Program:
    • Admission criteria as above
    • Attended GFACS: Group Education Session
    • Experiencing persistent concussion symptoms
  • Provide a time-limited concussion treatment emphasizing self-management. 
  • Possible team members include: Occupational Therapist, Physiatrist, Psychologist, Physical Therapist, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor.
  • Referral form for Rehabilitation Program is provided to the primary care provider following client's attendance to the GFACS group education session.

GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

4255 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 2G9
Phone: (604) 737-6291
Fax: (604) 730-7904
Email: gfsadultconcussionservices@vch.ca

Referral

All referrals must be made by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner. This program does not accept self-referrals. 

GFS Adult Concussion Services (GFACS): Group Education Session Referral Form

No longer accepted after September 2019

Early response concussion referral forms can be faxed to the GF Strong Rehab Centre.

Parking & transportation

Paid parking is available. Pay stations are located at the main entrance to the building and at the staff entrance on 28th Avenue. 

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