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  • Community Information

    Located on the shores of beautiful Kootenay Lake and surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains, is the picturesque community of Nelson. Lush parks, colourful gardens and over 350 heritage buildings give the city of Nelson a unique charm. Known as “City of the Arts”, Nelson has been consistently ranked as the number one small town arts community in Canada. Residents enjoy a wide range of leisure pursuits including arts and cultural festivals as well as outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and golf. Forestry, mining and tourism are the primary industries in the area.

    Four very distinct seasons characterize Nelson’s climate. Average minimum and maximum temperatures vary from -5 degrees Celsius to +5 degrees Celsius in winter, and 15-27 degrees Celsius in the summer. Rainfall averages around 25 mm a month from March through to October. Snowfall generally occurs from November through to March with December and January accumulations averaging 70 cm each.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, mining, provincial government offices, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 10,230 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17=18.6%

      18-24=9.5%

      25-64=57.4%

      65+=14.6% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Kootenay Boundary

      Regional District: Central Kootenay

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: B

      RRP Points: 16.60


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 50 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 14 specialists

      Clinics

      Community First Medical Clinic 
      518 Lake Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4C6
      P: 250 352-5259 | F: 250 352-0323
      
      Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic
      1140 Lakeside Drive
      Nelson, BC,
      P: 250 352-4666 | F: 250 352-4696
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm
      
      Medical Associates Clinic 
      806 Vernon Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4G5
      P: 250 352-6611
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
      
      Nelson Health Centre
      2nd Floor, 333 Victoria Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4K3
      P: 250 505-7200
      
      Heritage Health Centre
      823 Baker Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4J8
      P: 250 354-3885 ‎
      

  • This community hospital serves the Nelson area (including the Slocan Valley and Kaslo).

    • Contact Info

      Kootenay Lake Hospital 
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 352-3111 | F: 250 354-2320
      

    • Hospital Info

      Services provided include:

      • Laboaratory
      • Radiology (x-ray) services
      • Emergency services (24 hr)
      • Acute care beds for patient admissions for general medicine, observation, assessment, convalescence and palliative care
      • Obstetrics
      • Outpatient ambulatory care procedures
      • Physiotherapy
      • Clinics and programs including diabetic education, repiratory, chemotherapy, IV therapy, dialysis

      Acute Care Beds: 30

      Major Medical Centre: Transfer to Kelowna (345 km)

    • Emergency Room

      This community has a full service Emergency Room that is open 24/7.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 12,899 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 345 km to Kelowna

    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      CAEP Classification

      Description Level 4 – Facility with inpatient beds. May be optional services i.e. obstetrics, definitive for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, open 24/7

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

    • Maternity

      This community has Caesarian Section services.

      In-community
      Kootenay Community Midwives
      823 Baker Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4J8
      P: 250 354-3884

    • Lab services

      Kootenay Lake Hospital
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-2325 | F: 250 354-2310
      Hrs: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
      
      In-community
      LifeLabs Laboratory Testing Services
      806 Vernon Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4G5
      P: 250 352-9360

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      Kootenay Lake Hospital Imaging
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-3111 | F: 250 354-2320
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
      
      Ultrasound
      There are ultrasound imaging services in this community
      
      CT 
      There are CT imaging services in this community
      
      MRI
      There are MRI imaging services in this community, including mobile MRI
      
      Mammography
      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.
      
      Additional Services
      Echocardiography, Bone Densitometry
      

    • Pharmacy

      In-hospital
      Kootenay Lake District Hospital Pharmacy
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-2308 | F: 250 354-2326
      
      In-community
      Peoples Pharmacy #379
      405 Hendryx Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2A6
      P: 250 352-3121 | F: 250 352-2389
      
      Pharmasave #148
      685 Baker Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4J3
      P: 250 352-2316 | F: 250 352-3768
      
      Remedy's Custom Compounding
      737 Baker Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4J5
      P: 250 352-6928 | F: 250 352-6938
      
      Remedy's Heath Co-operative Pharmacy
      518 Lake Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4C6
      P: 250 352-1128 | F: 250 352-1124
      
      Safeway Food and Drug - Pharmacy #133
      211 Anderson Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 3X8
      P: 250 352-7765 | F: 250 352-5755
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart # 275
      Chahko Mika Mall
      1116 Lakeside Drive
      Nelson, BC, V1L 5Z3
      P: 250 352-7268 | F: 250 352-5750
      
      Wal-mart Pharmacy #3060
      Chahko Mika Mall
      1000 Lakeside Drive
      Nelson, BC, V1L 5Z4
      P: 250 352-7842 | F: 250 352-3090
      

    • Extended Care

      In-community 
      Nelson Jubilee Manor (39 beds)
      500 Beasley Street West
      Nelson, BC, V1L 6G9
      P: 250 352-7011
      
      Mountain Lake Seniors Community (92 beds)
      908 Eleventh Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 7A6
      P: 250 352-2600
      

    • Home Nursing

      In-community 
      Home & Community Care Office
      P: 250 352-1401
      

    • Dietetics

      Nutritional Services
      Kootenay Lake Hospital
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-3111 | F: 250 354-2320

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Education Services
      Kootenay Lake Hospital
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-3111 | F: 250 354-2320

    • Physiotherapy

      Kootenay Lake Hospital
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-3111 | F: 250 354-2320
      
      In-community 
      Community Rehab, Home and Community Care
      905 Gordon Road
      Nelson, BC, V1L 3L8
      P: 250 352-1415 | F: 250 352-1405
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      
      Lakeside Physiotherapy & Sport Injuries Clinic
      903 Nelson Avenue
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2N8
      P: 250 354-3929 | F: 250 354-1921
      
      Crystal Creek Physiotherapy Clinic
      2207 Annable Road
      Nelson, BC, V1L 6K5
      P: 250 825-4544
      
      Kootenay Health Services Inc.
      Suite 205 – 625 Front Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4B6
      P: 250 352-1116 | F: 250 352-1118
      www.kootenayhealth.com
      
      Kokanee Physiotherapy
      801-B Front Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4C1
      P: 250 352-7030 | F: 250 352-7032
      www.kokaneephysiotherapy.com
      
      Kootenay Athletic Therapy
      Suite 106 , 601 Front Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4B6
      P: 250 509-0430 | F: 250 352-5911
      
      Vitality Chiropractic Clinic
      500 - 901 Front Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4C1
      P: 250 505-5442
      

    • Occupational therapy

      Kootenay Lake Hospital
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-3111 | F: 250 354-2330
      
      In-community
      Community Rehab, Home and Community Care
      905 Gordon Road
      Nelson, BC, V1L 3L8
      P: 250 352-1415 | F: 250 352-1405
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Mental Health Services
      Kootenay Lake Hospital
      3 View Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1
      P: 250 354-3111 | F: 250 354-2320
      
      In-community
      Nelson Mental Health & Addictions Services
      2nd Floor - 333 Victoria Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4K3
      P: 250 505-7248
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      
      Ankors AIDS Network
      101 Baker Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4H1
      P: 250 505-5506
      
      Freedom Quest
      608B Lake Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4C8
      P: 250 352-3783 | TFP: 1 877 304-2676
      
      CYMH Nelson
      566 Stanley Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 1N2
      P: 250 354-6480 | F: 250 354-6286
      
      Nelson Community Services Centre
      201- 518 Lake Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4C6
      P: 250 352-3504
      
      Gordon Road Wellness Centre
      905 Gordon Road
      Nelson, BC, V1L 3L8
      P: 250 352-1444
      

    • Social workers

      In-community
      Nelson Health Unit
      Interior Health Authority
      2nd Floor - 333 Victoria Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 4K3
      P: 250 505-7200 | TFP: 1 877 221-3388 | F: 250 505-7211
      
      Ministry of Children and Family Development
      566 Stanley Street
      Nelson, BC, V1L 1N2
      P: 250 354-6480 | F: 250 354-6720
      
      Interior Health Authority
      905 Gordon Road
      Nelson, BC, V1L 3L8
      P: 250 352-1416 | F: 250 352-1405
      

  • Ankors AIDS Network
    101 Baker Street
    Nelson, BC, V1L 4H1
    P: 250 505-5506 | F: 250 505-5507
    Drop-in Hrs: Mon-Thurs 10 am - 12 pm, 2 pm - 4 pm
     Needle Exchange Hrs: Mon-Thurs 10 am - 12 pm, 2 pm - 4 pm
    
    Nelson Pregnancy Outreach - Babies Best Start
    312 Silica Street
    Nelson, BC, V1L 4M5
    P: 250 352-6678 ext. 227 | F: 250 352-2055
    
    Canadian Diabetes Association
    1589 Sutherland Avenue
    Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5Y7
    P: 250 762-9447
    www.diabetes.ca
    
    Nelson Community Services Centre
    Violence Against Women Counseling Services
    201 - 518 Lake Street
    Nelson, BC, V1L 4C6
    P: 250 352-3504

    • Practice Site Information

      Nelson Medical Associates Clinic 
      806 Vernon Street
      Nelson, BC V1L 4G5
      T: 250 352-6611
      F: 250 352-6624
      
      Physician Site Coordinator
      Dr. Kevin McKechnie
      

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC


    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      “Lots of great amenities, best part of Nelson! AMAZING restaurants and boutique shops (great local fashion) along the main street Baker. There is one movie theatre, lots of bars and one main “club” Spirit Bar. A great recreation centre with pool, gym and skating rink. Lots of grocery stores (Extra Foods, Safeway, Kootenay co-op). There is a beach and park great in the summer time. Tons of hiking (ask about Pulpit – only takes 30 min like a mini Grouse Grind). Lots of mountain biking but need someone with a truck to get you there. Great skiing in the area Whitewater and Red Mountain an hour away in Rossland.”


    • Patient Load

      Resident per Day: 10-15


    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes

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

      Preceptor takes you on one or two weekend trips to rural towns in the surrounding area.


    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Chris Cochrane
      Dr. Jim Noiles
      Dr. Brian Woodward
      Dr. Keith Bridger
      Dr. Richard Milde
      Dr. Lee MacKay