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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. It is located approximately 120 km west of the outer islands of the northern BC coast, south of the Alaska panhandle. An archipelago of more than 150 islands, they have gained a reputation for their outstanding natural beauty and remarkable First Nations culture.

    Queen Charlotte City is a small, yet thriving community of fishing and logging industries. Recreational opportunities in the area include camping, fishing, boating, hiking, biking and kayaking.

    The relatively mild climate here is typical of a northern coastal location with summer temperatures averaging 18 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures averaging around 4 degrees. An average of 1250 mm of rain falls here each year, but snow is rare.

    INDUSTRY:
    Logging, fishing, tourism

    • Population

      Town Population: 1,045 (BC Stats, 2006 Census)
      Patient Catchment: 3,000

      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: 5 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinic
      Queen Charlotte Medical Clinic
      Box 419, 3209 Oceanview Drive
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4447

  • This is an eight bed hospital on the south coast of Graham Island, 500 miles North of Vancouver. The hospital serves a population of 3,000 – from villages to isolated logging camps.

    The hospital provides acute and long term care services. Many islanders are employed in the logging or fishing industries and a significant proportion of our patients are Haida Indians. There are seasonal influxes of fishermen and tourists.

    • Contact Info

      Queen Charlotte Islands General Hospital
      Box 9, 3209 Oceanview Drive
      Queen Charlotte City, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4300 | F: 250 559-4312
    • Hospital Info

      The physicians on staff are part of a community-run project in health care delivery, attempting to give a team approach to health care. They provide the following services:

      • general practice
      • normal obstetrics
      • emergency coverage including closed reductions, minor surgery and stabilization of trauma
      • stabilization of critically ill patients for transport when necessary

      There is a commitment to family-centered maternity care.

      The physicians maintain a close relationship with other health care personnel such as the Alcohol & Drug Counsellor, Public Health Nurse, social workers and the Native community health workers.

      Frequent telephone consultations are made and consultants regularly visit from Prince Rupert and the Lower Mainland.

      Acute Care Beds: 8

      Major Medical Centre: Transfer to Prince George (2,104 km)

    • Emergency Room

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

      Number of Visits Per Year: 3,039 (20097/2010 Statistics: NHA)

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 2,104 km to =Prince George

    • Maternity

      Midwife
      Celina Laursen, RM
      Box 13
      Tlell, BC, V0T 1Y0
      P: 250 557-2444

    • Lab services

      Queen Charlotte Island General Hospital
      Box 9, 3209 Oceanview Drive
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4321 | F: 250 559-4312
      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
      Queen Charlotte Island General Hospital
      Box 9, 3209 Oceanview Drive
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4307 | F: 250 559-4312
      Hrs: Mon, Wed, Thur 9:15 am – 4:30 pm. Tues, Fri 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

      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.

    • BC Ambulance

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

      Queen Charlotte Islands Pharmacy
      Box 748, 3209 – 3rd Avenue
      Queen Charlotte City, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4310 | F: 250-559-4315
    • Extended Care

      Queen Charlotte Island General Hospital (8 beds)
      Box 9, 3209 Oceanview Drive
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4321 | F: 250 559-4312

      In-community
      Queen Charlotte Islands Community Health
      Box 9, 3211 – 3rd Avenue
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-2350
      Hrs: Tues-Fri 9 am – 4 pm

    • Home Nursing

      Queen Charlotte Islands Community Health
      Box 9, 3211 – 3rd Avenue
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-2350
      Hrs: Tues-Fri 9 am – 4 pm
    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      See Outreach Clinics for details.

    • Physiotherapy

      Queen Charlotte Island General Hospital
      Box 9, 3209 Oceanview Drive
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4300 | F: 250 559-4506
    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Mental Health & Addictions
      Queen Charlotte City Health Centre
      Box 54, 302 – 2nd Avenue
      Queen Charlotte City, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-8765

      CYMH
      214 Oceanview Drive
      Queen Charlotte City, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4403

      Skidegate Health Centre
      Taaxwi Laas Native Alcohol & Drug Counselling
      156 – 2nd Avenue
      Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-8372

    • Social workers

      Queen Charlotte City Health Centre
      Box 54, 302 – 2nd Avenue
      Queen Charlotte City, BC, V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-8765
  • BC Schizophrenia Society
    Mental Health and Addictions
    Box 175
    Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
    P: 250 559-0058 | TFP: 1 877 559-0058
    www.bcss.org

    Pre and Post Natal Services
    Queen Charlotte Islands Community Health
    3211 – 3rd Avenue
    Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
    P: 250 559-2350
    Hrs: Tues-Fri 9 am – 4 pm

    Nutritional Counselling
    Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre
    2520 Harrison Avenue
    Masset, BC, V0T 1M0
    P: 250 626-3918 | F: 250 626-3989
    Hrs: Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    • Practice Site Information

      Queen Charlotte City Medical Clinic, QCI/Haida Gwaii
      PO Box 9
      Queen Charlotte BC V0T 1S0
      P: 250 559-4447

      Physician Site Coordinators
      Dr. James Chrones, Dr. Andrea Wilhelm

      Administrative Staff
      Ellen Cranston

      Practice Profile
      The physicians are all friendly, young, and willing to teach. Multidisciplinary rounds are held every Friday morning during which time the clinic is closed. You may be asked to present a subject at rounds from time to time.

      There is an ultrasound machine. There is no ultrasonographer but some of the doctors have some training in ultrasound and use it as an examination tool. There is basic X-ray. Local lab includes basic Chemistry, Hematology, ABGs, Coagulation, and Toxicology.

      The hospital pharmacy serves as the community pharmacy. A small stock is held at the nurses’ desk for off hours. There is no surgery or anaesthesia. Obstetrical deliveries are offered to carefully screened low-risk patients. Air ambulance transfers to secondary or tertiary centres usually take between 3 and 5 hours to leave with the patient. There is usually single call bed finding through BC Bedline.

      Shared office with your own desk and computer with internet at the clinic. You have someone designated as your preceptor each day. Clinic starts at 10:30 so there is a lot of time in the morning for hospital work. You see 3 to 4 patients per hour.

      On-Call Schedule
      1:3 to 1:4 with another doctor on as back-up.

    • Training Site Information

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community
      “Very welcoming. Went to a potlatch my first weekend there (super cool). I enjoyed learning about the Haida culture and art.”

      On the Experience
      “Great docs; independent working with lots of support. You’ll be involved in outreach clinics to nearby villages. A beautiful and unique place to spend 2-4 months.” ” It is what you make it. I learned more in my two months than in my whole first year of residency. If you push yourself, you will have all the independence you want. You are appropriately supervised, but definitely have the opportunity to push yourself to basically be the 4th MD of the community.”

      Challenges
      “Getting there (took three days travel each way and ferry is very unreliable in the fall/winter due to the weather). ”

    • “Patient”

      % Low: 20%

      % Medium: 70%

      % High: 10%

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 10 – 15
    • Office Set-up

      Personnel in Office: Nurses, Public Health Nurses

      Does your office have a surgical suite? Yes

      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:
      Email
      Internet
      Medline

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

      Conferences: Yes, there are opportunities for conferences.

      Journal Clubs/Reading: Yes, there are opportunities for journal clubs/reading.

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

      CCFP Small Group Learning: No

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Gordon Horner
      Dr. Tracy Morton
      Dr. Caroline Shooner