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  • Community Information

    The Queen Charlotte Islands, home to the Haida First Nations people for more than 8,000 years, mark the first location in BC that was discovered by Europeans in 1774. Masset was originally known as Graham City, after the president of Graham Steamship, eventually being named New Masset, after a Haida village located a few kilomters south.

    Masset is located on northern Graham Island – the largest of more than 150 islands that comprise the Queen Charlotte Island/Haida Gwaii archipelago.

    The climate in Masset is fairly mild with winter temperatures usually around 2 degrees Celsius and summer averaging 19 degrees Celsius.

    INDUSTRY:
    Logging, fishing, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 884 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Patient Catchment: 2,500

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 21.9%

      18-24: 9.4%

      25-64: 57.2%

      65+: 11.5% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures for Queen Charlotte)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Northern Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Northwest

      Regional District: Skeena Queen-Charlotte

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 51.25


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 8 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics

      Masset Medical Clinic

      1760 Hodges Street

      Masett, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4702

      Haida Health Centre

      Box 176

      Old Massett, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-3911 | F: 250 626-3357


  • The Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital is an eight bed facility with a busy Emergency. It is located between the two villages of Masset and Old Masset.


    • Contact Info

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4700 | F: 250 626-4709

      http://careers.northernhealth.ca/Communities/NorthwestRegion/Masset.aspx


    • Hospital Info

      Services provided include:

      • general medicine
      • laboratory
      • X-Ray
      • community health
      • public health
      • mental health

      The hospital is staffed 24 hours per day. There are three physicians on staff.

      A pharmacy outlet distributes medications sent from Pharmasave at the Vancouver airport and from the Queen Charlotte Islands Pharmacy located in the Queen Charlotte hospital at the south end.

      Call is one in three with another doctor on as your back-up. Multidisciplinary rounds are held each Wednesday, where you may be asked to make a presentation.

      There are no surgical or anesthesia services on-island.

      Air ambulance transfers to secondary or tertiary facilities usually take 3 to 5 hours weather permitting.

      The Masset physicians offer full pre-natal services. All moderate to high risk OB patients are sent to the mainland well ahead of their due date. Anyone considered low risk who would like to deliver on-island has the option to do so in Queen Charlotte.

      Acute Care Beds: 4

      Long-term Care Beds: 4

      Major Medical Centre: Prince George(2,205 km). Air Ambulance transfers to secondary or tertiary facilities.


    • Emergency Room

      There is a limited service Emergency Room in this community. It is open 24/7.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 2,410 (2009/2010 Statistics: NHA)

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 2,205 km to Prince George

    • Maternity

      Masset physicians offer full pre-natal services. All moderate to high risk OB patients are sent to the mainland well ahead of their due date. Anyone considered low risk who would like to deliver on-island has option to do so in Queen Charlotte.


    • Lab services

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre Lab

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4705 | F: 250 626-5335

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 10 am, 1 pm – 2 pm


    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.


    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre Imaging

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4704 | F: 250 626-5335

      Hrs: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:15 am – 11:45 am & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Wed, Fri 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

      Mammography

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



    • BC Ambulance

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


    • Pharmacy

      Pharmasave Drugstore

      2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4701

    • Extended Care

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre (5 beds)

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4700 | F: 250 626-5335


    • Home Nursing

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4729 | F: 250 626-5335

      In-community

      Home Care Nurse

      Old Masset Village Council

      347 Eagle Street

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-3911


    • Dietetics

      Nutrition Counselling

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4725 | F: 250 626-4709

      Hrs: Mon, Tues, Weds 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Education Centre

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-3918 | F: 250 626-3989

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


    • Physiotherapy

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-5237 | F: 250 626-5335

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Mental Health & Addictions

      Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

      Box 319, 2520 Harrison Avenue

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-4700 | F: 250 626-5335

      In-community

      Northern Health Mental Health & Addictions

      1545 Main Street

      Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-3918

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


    • Social workers

      Haida Child and Family Services Society

      Box 86, 247 Eagle Road

      Old Masset, BC, V0T 1M0

      P: 250 626-5257 | F: 250 626-5287


  • Mental Health & Addictions
    Children and Youth
    Victims of Violence Support
    Haida Gwaii Society for Community Peace
    Box 742, 2132 Collison Avenue
    Masset, BC, V0T 1M0
    P: 250 626-4666 | TFP: 1 877 626-4677
    www.hgpeace.ca

    • Practice Site Information

      Masset Medical Clinic

      PO Box 319

      Masset BC V0T 1M0

      250-626-4702

      Physician Site Coordinator

      Dr. Michele Leslie

      Office Administrator

      Gina Schnubb

      Practice Profile

      Masset Clinic is located in the Masset Hospital, giving physicians easy access to the ER and hospital in-patients as well as lab, pharmacy and Xray services. Shared office space with computer access. Services of visiting specialists are available through the Northern Isolation Travel Allowance (NITA) Program, or patients are referred off-island. The physicians are young and willing to teach. All are enthused about the practice and love the islands.

      On-Call Schedule: 1 in 3

      Office Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    • Training Site Information

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      “Fantastic. [We] went to every possible community event and found everyone to be very welcoming. You definitely have to make the effort though, I can see how others might feel isolated if they didn’t participate in community events.”

      On the Experience

      “Great site for giving residents lots of autonomy and responsibility for patient care with adequate back up when needed. You will get good at patient transfers and utilizing BC BedLine / BC Air Ambulance. A really unique place to live. Highly recommended for its outdoor activities (hiking, biking, running, kayaking, fishing, hunting). Work schedule is demanding (summer>winter) (lots of call).” “Honestly, one of the best summers [we] have had! Work/life balance highly favours life here. It was such a relief to get out of the city and be surrounded by the beauty here. I don’t’ know anywhere else where you can see whales from the hospital window or catch salmon on your post-call days.”

      Challenges

      “The biggest limitation here would be the lack of volume. This has been an issue from previous residents. The volume is lower during the winter months, as there are lots of tourists/fishermen in the Summer. In general, I appreciated the 30min appointments as it gave me time to consult specialists, look things up, etc. It was a great way to start off my R2 year. Definitely need to balance this site with something higher volume though. Also, no obs so an advantage or disadvantage depending on how much you love obs!”

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 36

      Physician per Day: 12

    • Office Set-up

      Payment Modality: Fee-for-service

      Do you use a consistent charting system in your practice? Yes

      Is there a problem list on each chart? Yes

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

      Would you expect the resident to rotate offices on a regular basis? No

      Technology:

      Billing

      Email

      Internet

      Medline

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes, daily.

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

      Conferences: Yes, there are opportunities for conferences.

      Journal Clubs/Reading: No

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

      CCFP Small Group Learning: No

      Resident Interview Audit: Yes, there are opportunities for a Resident Interview/Audit.

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Michele Leslie

      Dr. Lawrence (“Laurie”) Fawcett