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  • Community Information

    The pretty town of Osoyoos is located in the Thompson Okanagan region of southern British Columbia, just 5 minutes from the American border. Home to Canada’s only arid desert, it is surrounded by lush fruit trees and towering mountains. Osoyoos, with its lakeside location, mild winters and hot summers, is a popular summer vacation destination. The community offers a wide range of services and amenities including over 100 merchants and services businesses, an ice rink, a curling rink and a library. Both residents and tourists enjoy local beaches, wineries and golf courses.

    Osoyoos is known for its dry, desert-like climate. Summer temperatures average around 28 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures around -4 degrees. The average annual rainfall in Osoyoos is 281 mm and the average snowfall is minimal at 47 cm.

    INDUSTRY:
    Agriculture (fruits) and tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 4,824 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 14.0%

      18-24: 7.1%

      25-64: 48.9%

      65+: 30.1% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Okanagan

      Regional District: Okanagan-Similkameen

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: C

      RRP Points: 6.15

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 11, +1 Specialist (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics

      Desert Doctors Clinic
      8305 - 78th Avenue
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-6565 | F: 250 495-6051
      
      Osoyoos Medical Centre
      Box 330, 7802 Spartan Road
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-2661 | F: 250 495-2533
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    • Contact Info

      Osoyoos Health Centre
      4816 - 89th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V1
      P: 250 495-6433 | F: 250 495-5142
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 4 pm

    • Health Centre Info

      Situated only 20 km from the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver, BC, the Osoyoos Health Centre offers:

      • Alcohol & Drug Services
      • Mental Health
      • Pre-Natal / Pregnancy
      • Cardiac Wellness
      • Tuberculosis Testing

      Referral Hospital: Oliver

    • Maternity

      Midwives from Penticton, BC service this area.

      Willow Community Midwives
      254B Ellis Street
      Penticton, BC, V2A 8K3
      P: 250 276-6088 | F: 250 276-6101

    • Lab Services

      In-community

      Osoyoos Medical Centre Lab Services
      Box 330, 7802 Spartan Road
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-2661 | F: 250 495-2533
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    • Imaging Services

      X-Ray 
      Osoyoos Medical Centre
      Box 330, 7802 Spartan Road
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-2661 | F: 250 495-2533
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
      
      Ultrasound
      There are ultrasound imaging services in this community.
      
      CT 
      There are CT imaging services in this community.
      
      Mammography
      

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

    • Pharmacy

      Pharmasave Health Centre #011
      Box 989, 8301 - 78th Avenue
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0,
      P: 250 495-7424 | F: 250 495-7121
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart #262
      Box 329, 8305 Main Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-6055 | F: 250 495-5395
      

    • Extended Care Services

      Mariposa Gardens (103 beds)
      8816 - 97th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V5
      
      Country Squire Retirement Villa (31 beds)
      9705 North 87th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V2
      P: 250 495-6568 | F: 250 495-7466
      

    • Home Nursing

      Home & Community Care Office
      P: 250 495-6433
      
      Prenatal Home Visits
      Osoyoos Health Centre
      4816 - 89th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V1
      P: 250 495-6433 | F: 250 495-5142
      Hrs: Call for appointment

    • Dietetics

      Nutritional Counseling
      South Okanagan Cardiac Wellness Program
      Osoyoos Health Centre
      4816 - 89th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V1
      P: 250 495-6433 | F: 250 495-5142
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 4 pm

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Management Skills
      South Okanagan Cardiac Wellness Program
      Osoyoos Health Centre
      4816 - 89th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V1
      P: 250 495-6433 | F: 250 495-5142
      Hrs: 1 day/week. Call for details

    • Physiotherapy

      Osoyoos Physiotherapy Clinic
      #102 - 7611 Spartan Drive
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-2225
      

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Osoyoos Mental Health & Addiction Services
      4816 - 89th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V1
      P: 250-495-6433
      Hrs: Tues, Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
      
      Osoyoos/Oliver Mental Health Centre
      8701 Main Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-6543
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
      
      Bateman House
      8703 - 74th Avenue
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-2748
      

    • Social workers

      Osoyoos Mental Health & Addiction Services
      4816 - 89th Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V1
      P: 250-495-6433
      Hrs: Tues, Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
      
      Osoyoos/Oliver Mental Health Centre
      8701 Main Street
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-6543
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
      
      Bateman House
      8703 - 74th Avenue
      Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
      P: 250 495-2748
      


    • Practice Site Information

      Desert Doctors Clinic
      8305 78th Avenue
      Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
      P: 250-495-6565
      
      Physician Site Coordinator
      Dr. Garnett Tarr
      


    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC


    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      Quiet during winters. Very busy during summer.

      On the Experience

      Really good but would like to see the program cover accommodations.

      Challenges

      Good clinic office / ER / inpatient care experiences. No Obstetrics or gynecology. High volume.


    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 35-40

      Resident per Day: 20-35

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes

      CME Teleconferences: Yes