Family doctors, also known as general practitioners or primary care physicians, help you look after your everyday health needs on a regular basis. Establishing a relationship with a family doctor who knows you well, and sees you regularly over time, may help you avoid some health issues and receive better health advice. We believe in taking a proactive approach to your personal health care by encouraging ongoing, comprehensive care with a family doctor.
Vancouver Coastal Health is not able to assist with locating a family doctor for you. If you are looking for a family doctor in your community, we suggest the following options:
Community health centres (CHC) provide a range of health care services in a single location, including access to public and community health nurses, mental health and addiction counsellors, dental clinics for children, speech therapists, nutritionists, youth drop-in health clinics and more. Find a CHC near you.
If you have a health concern that is not an emergency, and you do not yet have a family doctor, walk-in clinics provide non-emergency health care services on a drop-in basis. Use the medimap.ca website to find a walk-in clinic near you.
Call 9-1-1 or go immediately to your nearest hospital emergency department if you have been in a major accident or are experiencing:
Trouble breathing, or catching your breath
Severe abdominal or chest pain/pressure
Weakness or tingling on one side of your body
Loss of consciousness
Visit our Emergency phone numbers page to find more specific contact information for physical and mental health resources.