What is Primary Health Care?
Primary health care is about keeping you healthy through access to basic, everyday health care services. We believe in taking a proactive approach to your personal health care by encouraging ongoing comprehensive care with a family doctor. Meeting your primary health care needs may involve other health professionals such as nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physiotherapists and social workers.
Primary health care providers can:
- Provide support to help you stay healthy and avoid getting sick or injured
- Ensure you and your family have up to date immunizations
- Advise you on what health screening services you should access
- Help you prevent or manage chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure
- Provide initial diagnosis and treatment of illness
- Empower you to take an active role in your own health care
- Help you understand the factors that influence your health
- Organize services and navigate your through the range of health services you require
When should I access primary health care services?
Be proactive managing your health. See your family doctor or health care provider for ongoing comprehensive care. Or, if you do not yet have a family doctor, access a walk-in clinic near you. If you are not dealing with an emergency health condition, you should avoid the Emergency Department and use primary care services to receive medical attention.
Not sure if it’s an emergency? Visit the In an Emergency page.
Need a family doctor or other health services?
Vancouver Coastal Health Primary Care Community Clinics
VCH provides primary health care to targeted residents. Priority is placed on complex, vulnerable, and/or marginalized persons who do not have a family doctor and have trouble accessing health care in other settings to manage their health care needs and chronic disease conditions.