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Accessing health care in the region

Find the right kind of care for your needs and how to access health care if you live in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

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Emergency care

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Hospital care

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Primary care

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Public Health Units

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Intake services

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Welcome to Vancouver Coastal Health: Health Services for Newcomers

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Family Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

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Services in Richmond

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Services in Vancouver

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Services in the Coastal region

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Intensive care

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Where to go for health care

  • Emergency care, for Emergency Departments in hospitals, for critical or life-threatening situations. If you are not dealing with an emergency health concern, use primary care services instead. 
  • Urgent primary care centres (UPCCs) for same-day care for urgent and non-life threatening health concerns.
  • Regular medical care, also known as primary care, from family doctors or nurse practitioners. 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. 
  • Community health centres (CHCs) provide various care options within one location and can be found through our Services & Resources page

  • HealthLink BC - Call 8-1-1 (7-1-1 for the deaf and hard of hearing) for a free, 24-hour telephone service, staffed by registered nurses, pharmacists and dieticians who can answer your health-related questions with translation services in over 130 languages.