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  • Community Information

    Situated roughly in the central interior of Vancouver Island at the end of a long narrow inlet, Port Alberni is one of the few ports on the West Coast that provides shelter against some of the powerful Pacific weather systems. Blessed with a moderate climate, it harbours both commercial fishing vessels and pleasure craft. The history of Port Alberni is linked to the forestry industry, however in recent years tourism and high tech industries have played an increasingly important role in the economy. Recreational activities in the area include fishing, hiking, scuba diving, golfing, kayaking and windsurfing.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, high tech, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 17,743 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population :
      0-17: 19.4%
       18-24: 9.4%
       25-64: 53.7%
       65+: 17.5% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Central Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Alberni-Clayoquot

      Rural Designation: RSA communities

      RRP Designation: C

      RRP Points: 12.60

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 29 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics
      Alberni Medical Building
      3855 - 9th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4T9
      P: 250 723-3561
      
      Alberni Family Medical Clinic
      4711 B Elizabeth Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 6M1
      P: 250 723-3211

  • West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) is a 52 bed acute care facility located on central Vancouver Island in the city of Port Alberni.

    • Contact Info

      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 723-2135 | F: 250 724-8816
      

    • Hospital Info

      Services for this hospital include:

      • diagnostic imaging services
      • Emergency services, including a Psychiatric Crisis Team (5 stretchers bays, 6 monitors + 1 chair (IV therapy, fast track), a psychiatric interview room)
      • Intensive care unit (3 beds, a negative pressure room, a nurse, a respiratory therapist (1 day a week), 3 internists)
      • trauma room
      • gynecology room
      • cast room

      In-Patient Services include:

      • anaesthesia
      • general surgery (2 operating room theatres and endoscopy suite)
      • urology
      • internal medicine
      • paediatrics
      • radiology
      • pathology
      • obstetrics/gynecology

      Hrs: Mon-Sun, 6:30 am to 11:30 pm including statutory holidays. A technologist is on-call for all hours not staffed for emergencies.

      Laboratory Services include:

      • clinical chemistry
      • hematology/coagulation
      • blood bank
      • specimen procurement
      • electrocardiography

      Medical/Surgical Services include:

      • 4 labor/delivery/post partum rooms
      • 45 bed mixed medical/surgical unit
      • post-operative surgical care
      • medical care
      • palliative care
      • pediatrics
      • sub acute psychiatry services

      Outpatient Services include:

      • physiotherapy
      • diabetes education
      • nutrition services
      • Internal Medicine Clinic
      • laboratory

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 11:30 am

      Acute Care Beds: 52

      Extended Care Beds: 32

      Major Medical Centre: Transfer to Nanaimo (80 km)

    • Emergency Room

      This community has a full service Emergency Room with 6 stretcher bays; a resuscitation room; 5 monitors; a recliner chair; a gynecology room; a psychiatric assessment/ family support room and a cast room. It is open 24/7.

      Number of Emergency Care Beds: 5

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 80 km to Nanaimo

    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      CTAS Level

      CTAS Level III (Urgent)

      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)

    • Maternity

      This community provides Caesarian Section services.

    • Lab services

      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 721-1370 | F: 250 724-8816
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
      
      In-community
      LifeLabs Laboratory Testing Services
      4565 Wallace Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 3Y3
      P: 250 723-2312

    • Blood Bank

      This community has a blood bank.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 721-1370 | F: 250 724-8816
      Hrs: Mon-Fri (services after hours on-call)
      
      Ultrasound

      This community has ultrasound imaging services Mon-Fri.

      CT
      

      This community has CT imaging services three days a week.

      Additional Services
      

      Fluoroscopy, Mammography, PACS (Mon-Fri)

    • BC Ambulance

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

    • Pharmacy

      West Coast General Hospital Pharmacy
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 724-8823 | F: 250 724-8803
      
      In-community 
      Alberni Pharmacy
      Unit 6 - 4565 Wallace Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 3Y3
      P: 250 723-8570 | F: 250 723-8578
      
      Drugstore Pharmacy #8584
      3455 Johnston Road
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8K1
      P: 250 723-1624 | F: 250 723-1787
      
      Medicine Shoppe #253
      "B" 4833 Southgate Road
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 5K5
      P: 250 723-4940 | F: 250 723-4924
      
      Safeway Food & Drug - Pharmacy #39
      3756 - 10th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4W6
      P: 250 723-6204 | F: 250 723-1664
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart #244
      3717 - 10th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4W5
      P: 250 723-7387 | F: 250 723-0686
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart #2248
      9th Avenue Medical Center
      #1, 3855 - 9th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4T9
      P: 250 723-6641 | F: 250 724-3521
      
      Somass Drug Store Ltd
      5057 Southgate Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 5K3
      P: 250 723-9323 | F: 250 723-8221
      
      Wal-mart Pharmacy #1018
      3355 Johnston Road
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8K1
      P: 250 720-0916 | F: 250 720-0926

    • Extended Care

      West Coast General Hospital (32 beds)
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 721-1370 | F: 250 724-8816
      
      In-community 
      Echo Village
      4200 - 10th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4X3
      P: 250 724-1090
      
      Fir Park Village
      4411 Wallace Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7Y5
      P: 250 724-6541
      
      Tsawaayuus-Rainbow Gardens
      6151 Russell Place
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 724-5655
      
      Westhaven WCGH
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 723-2135

    • Home Nursing

      Home and Community Care of Port Alberni
      4259 - 6th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4N1
      P: 250 731-1313
      
      We Care Nanaimo 
      P: 1 877 756-3388 | F: 250 740-0062

    • Dietetics

      Outpatient Nutrition
      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 721-1370 | F: 250 724-8816
      
      In-community 
      Lucy Liu
      4718 Gertrude Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 6K5
      P: 250 730-1569

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Education
      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 721-1370 | F: 250 724-8816
      
      In-community 
      Nuu-chah-nulth Community and Health Services
      Diabetes Program Coordinator
      Box 1383
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M2
      P: 250 726-4230 | F: 250 724-6642
      www.nuuchahnulth.org

    • Physiotherapy

      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 724-8812 | F: 250 724-8816
      
      In-community
      Port Alberni Physiotherapy
      3855 - 9th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4T9
      P: 250 723-5112
      
      Pacific Rim Physiotherapist
      5050 Strathern Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 3E3
      P: 250 723-5333
      
      Rehabilitation In Motion
      2996 - 2nd Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 1Z2
      P: 250 723-9675
      
      Alberni Chiropractic Services Inc.
      4533 Gertrude Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 6J9
      P: 250 723-3933

    • Occupational therapy

      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 724-8812 | F: 250 724-8816

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Mental Health & Addiction Services
      West Coast General Hospital
      3949 Port Alberni Highway
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S1
      P: 250 721-1370 | F: 250 724-8816
      
      In-community 
      Port Alberni Mental Health & Addictions
      4780 Roger Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 3Z2
      P: 250 731-1311 | F: 250 731-1312
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      
      CYMH Port Alberni
      4088 - 8th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 1B4
      P: 250 720-2650
      
      CMHA
      Port Alberni Branch
      New Horizons Centre
      3178 - 2nd Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4C3
      P: 250 724 7199 | F: 250 724 5635
      
      Kackaamin Family Development Centre
      7830 Beaver Creek Road
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8N3
      P: 250 723-7789 | F: 250-723-5926
      www.kackaamin.org
      
      Garnett House (3 beds)
      Port Alberni Mental Health & Addictions
      P: 250 724-3554
      
      Port Alberni Friendship Center
      3555 - 4th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4H3
      P: 250 723-8281 | F: 250 723-1877
      www.pafriendshipcenter.com
      
      Nuu-chah-nulth Community and Health Services
      Child & Youth Mental Health
      Box 1383, 5001 Mission Road
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M2
      P: 250 724-0202
      www.nuuchahnulth.org
      

    • Social workers

      Alberni Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Society
      4260A - 10th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4X3
      P: 250 724-6166 | F: 778 421-0465
      
      Ministry of Children and Family Development
      4088 - 8th Avenue
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4S4
      P: 250 387-7027 | TFP: 877 387-7027
      
      Hupacasath First Nation Band
      Box 221, 5500 Ahahswinis Drive
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8J9
      P: 250 724-4041 | F: 250 724-1232
      
      Usma Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council
      Box 1383, 500D Mission Road
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M2
      P: 250 724-3232 | F: 250 723-6017
      
      Island Health Authority
      4711 Elizabeth Street
      Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 6M1
      P: 250 723-0557

  • Outreach Support Services
    Alberni Community & Women's Services Society
    3082 - 3rd Avenue
    Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 2A5
    P: 250 724-7111
    
    Port Alberni Health Unit
    4227 - 6th Avenue
    Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4N1
    P: 250 731-1315
    Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am - 4 pm. Call for appointment

    Services: STI testing/screening, STI treatment, drug treatment, HIV testing.

    Port Alberni Early Years Program
    Pregnancy Outreach Program
    4227 - 6th Avenue
    Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4N1
    P: 250 731-1315 | F: 250 731-1316
    
    Nuu-chah-nulth Community and Health Services
    Mother's Support Outreach
    Box 1383, 5001 Mission Road
    Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M2
    P: 250 724-0202 | F: 250 723-0463
    www.nuuchahnulth.org


    • Practice Site Information

      West Coast Medical Centre
      3949 Maple Way
      Port Alberni, BC V9Y 0B2
      P: 250 723-3581
      
      9th Ave Medical Clinic
      3855 9th Ave
      Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4T9
      P: 250 723-6213
      
      Physician Site Coordinator
      Dr. Damian White


    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Damian White
      Dr. D. DePape
      Dr. R. Lundv
      Dr. H. Nell