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.
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.
A summary of the education provided is sent to the family physician.
For individuals with persistent symptoms or risk factors for prolonged recovery, additional supports may include:
Consultation with the Occupational Therapist on a limited basis.
Referrals to community resources and other relevant supports.
Assessment by a physician.
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 website for Brain Injury - concussions for most up to date Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms (3rd Edition, for adults over 18 year of age) published online by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.
All referrals must be made by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner. This program does not accept self-referrals.
Early response concussion referral forms can be faxed to the GF Strong Rehab Centre.
Paid parking is available. Pay stations are located at the main entrance to the building and at the staff entrance on 28th Avenue.
19 years or over (18 if they graduated from high school).
Recent concussion (6 months or less). Individuals with symptoms beyond 6 months can be considered for referral to the Self-Management Program.
Live within the Vancouver Coastal Health region.