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  • Community Information

    This friendly community is well known for its magnificent scenery. Located on Cormorant Island, off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, it is approximately 180 miles by water from Vancouver. Alert Bay has been the traditional home of the ‘Namgis’ First Nations people and was once a native burial grounds. It was settled in 1870 when the first small fish saltery was established. It was on the direct route for all vessels travelling north and south in a well-protected harbour and so quickly became a destination for travellers.

    The economy of Alert Bay is primarily fishing with tourism also growing in importance. Because of its easy access to the mainland via BC Ferries at Port McNeill, some residents commute on a daily basis.

    Alert Bay has a typical west coast climate. There is minimal snow but substantial rainfall during the winter months. The average summer temperature is 17.4 degrees Celsius, while the average winter temperature is -0.1 degrees.

    INDUSTRY:
    Fishing, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 445 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
      
      Patient Catchment: 11,919 (Local Health Area #85 - Vancouver Is. N, BC Stats 2009)
      
      Ages of Population:
      0-17: 22.8%
      18-24: 10.5%
      25-64: 55.7%
      65+: 11.1%
      (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)
      

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health
      
      Health Service Delivery Area: North Vancouver Island
      
      Regional District: Mount Waddington
      
      Rural Designation: RSA community
      
      RRP Designation: A
      
      RRP Points: 34.20
      

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 3 (www.cpsbc.ca)
      
      Namgis Health Centre
      Provided by: Namgis First Nation Band Council
      48 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5522
      

    • 2012 socio-economic profile of Vancouver Island – North (Source: BC Government)

    • Health Centre Info

      Cormorant Island Health Centre
      Box 223, 49 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5585 | F: 250 974-5583
      
      Community Health Centre; Acute care services with 4 acute care beds
      
      Referral Hospital:  Nanaimo
      

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service Emergency Room in this community. It is open 24/7.
      
      CTAS I and II cases are transferred immediately via BC Ferries.
      
      Number of Visits Per Year: 3,112 (2009/2010 Statistics: Island Health)
      
      Travel Distance to Nearest Hospital: 458 km to Nanaimo
      

    • Health Centre CAEP and CTAS

      CTAS Level
      CTAS Level I (Resuscitation)
      CTAS Level II (Emergent)
      CTAS Level III (Urgent)
      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)
      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)

    • Lab services

      Cormorant Island Health Centre
      Box 223, 49 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5585 ext. 243 | F: 250 974-5583
      Hrs Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 11:00 am, appointments required.

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      Cormorant Island Health Centre
      Box 223, 49 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5585 | F: 250 974-5583

      CT

      There are CT services in this community.

      Mammography

      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.

    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Services provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.

    • Pharmacy

      Alert Bay Drugs
      90 Fir Street
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5712

    • Nurse Practitioner

      Namgis Health Centre 
      Box 290, 1 Front Street
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5520 | F: 250 974-2736

    • Extended Care

      Cormorant Island Health Centre
      Box 223, 49 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5585 ext. 243 | F: 250 974-5583

    • Home Nursing

      Cormorant Island Health Centre
      Box 223, 49 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5585 ext. 243 | F: 250 974-5583
      
      Namgis Health Centre
      Box 290, 1 Front Street
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5522 | F: 250 974-2736
      

    • Dietetics

      Namgis Health Centre 
      Box 290, 1 Front Street
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5522 | F: 250 974-2736

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Namgis Health Centre 
      Box 290, 1 Front Street
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5522 | F: 250 974-2736

    • Physiotherapy

      Cormorant Island Health Centre
      Box 223, 49 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5585 | F: 250 974-5583

    • Occupational therapy

      Cormorant Island Health Centre
      Box 223, 49 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5585 ext. 243 | F: 250 974-5583

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Namgis Treatment Centre
      Box 290, 1 Front Street
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5522 | F: 250 974-2257

    • Social workers

      Namgis Health Centre 
      Box 290, 48 School Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5522 | F: 250 974-2736
      
      K'wak'walat'si Child & Family Services
      Box 210, 45 Atli Road
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5356 | F: 250 974-2634
      
      The Sasamans Society (in-community)
      680 Head Start Crescent
      Campbell River, BC, V9H 1P0
      P: 250 914-2212 | TFP: 1 888 597-2189 | F: 250 914-2215
      

    • Practice Site Information

      Namgis Health Centre 
      box 49, 1 Front Street
      Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
      P: 250 974-5520 | F: 250-974-5952
      
      Physician Site Coordinator(s): 
      Dr. Susan Booth, Dr. Dan Cutfeet
      
      Office Administrator: Terri Christianson
      
      On-call Schedule: On call will be arranged once resident arrives.
      
      Hours: Office hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
      

    • Training Site Information

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the community

      “Whale watching, bear watching in summer, kayaking are some of the activities that can be done in the community”

      On the experience

      ” Independence, making own decisions, location, slow pace in office, plenty of time with patients are the best thing about the site”

      Challenges

      “Lack of resources, transport of patients.”

    • Patient Load

      Practice per day: 6-12

      Resident per day: Residents see 6-12 patients per day

    • Office Set-up

      Residents will have their own exam room and computer.

      Does your office have a surgical suite? No

      Is there space for the resident to have an office an examination room? Yes

      Technology: Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      CME Teleconferences: No

      Computer-based: Yes, there are opportunities for computer-based education.

      What other educational opportunities are available to your students and residents (e.g., rounds, CPD)? More informal teaching.

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Susan Booth
      Dr. Dan Cutfeet