Over the past several weeks, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has been working closely with the Ministry of Health to prepare clients, patients and residents across the province to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.
The planning underway is to ensure urban, rural and remote communities have the support, resources and supplies they need to manage the spread of COVID-19 in our acute and long term care facilities as well as in the community.
A number of measures are in place to protect the community and health-care workers, including:
Freeing up additional beds through the postponement of surgeries, non-emergency procedures and the movement of patients to alternative settings;
Additional training for staff and physicians in the use of personal protective equipment and providing care to COVID-19 patients;
Our health-care sites have dedicated sections in their hospitals or clinics to safely care for non-COVID-19, suspected COVID-19 and COVID-19 confirmed patients.
Restricting visitors to essential visits only at all VCH facilities. These visits include compassionate care and visits paramount to patient, client, resident care and well-being, such as assistance with feeding/mobility. Existing registered volunteers providing services will also be exempted.
At our long-term care homes, VCH has issued a Public Health Order further restricting visitation to family members and spiritual advisor of residents who are clinically assessed to be at the end of their lives.
VCH wants to reassure the public that our emergency departments can safely receive and care for individuals who experience health conditions that require emergency care. Please do not delay in seeking care as this could exacerbate your condition.