Vancouver, BC - VCH Richmond’s new Community Care Clinic is now open at 6091 Gilbert Road, adjacent to Richmond General Hospital. It replaces the Cook Road Home Health Clinic with a larger facility, expanded hours and updated equipment to better meet client needs.
The Community Care Clinic provides a range of health care and support services to people who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care requirements. Some clients will need short-term care after being released from hospital, while others may have chronic health issues and need support to remain in their homes. Clients are referred by their health care provider.
“It’s just fantastic walking in here,” says Nadja Wojna, a long-time Richmond resident who has used community-based care for the past six months for maintenance of her chemotherapy access device. ”If you’re mobile, you need to definitely come to the clinic. It’s the best.”
The Community Care Clinic effectively doubles intravenous chairs and quadruples treatment space, allowing for more clients to access services. Over the coming months as many as 40 per cent of home-nursing clients will receive their care at the clinic. Services include IV therapy, wound care, medication management and some aspects of chronic disease management.
“We will continue to offer home visits to those clients who are truly bed-bound or too frail or compromised to leave their homes safely,” says Nellie Hariri, Director, Primary, Home and Community Care. “For everyone else who is capable of getting out-and-about, we feel coming to the clinic optimizes independence, reduces social isolation, and promotes mobility.”
The clinic is phasing in expanded hours, and will eventually be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow for as many patients as possible to be seen in the ambulatory setting. The weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $3.4 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.
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