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  • Community Information

    Saltspring Island is located in the sheltered southern waters of the Gulf Islands of BC. Because of its close proximity to Vancouver Island, it is the most accessible of the Gulf Island group, with frequent ferry sailings to three different ferry terminals. The island’s shoreline is varied and beautiful, offering rocky shores, tidal pools, and a wide variety of sandy beaches to explore.

    The year-round residents of Saltspring Island include an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Many vacationers come to Saltspring simply to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and soak in the quiet island lifestyle. Farming is important on the island, which bills itself as the Organic Gardening Capital of Canada, and local farmers form the backbone of the popular Saltspring Market. Island farm products include sheep and lamb, poultry, llamas, cheese, tree fruits, and certified organic produce.

    INDUSTRY:
    Tourism, outdoor recreation


    • Population

      Town Population: 9,279 (BC Stats, 2006 Census)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: South Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Capital

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: C

      RRP Points: 13.10


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 21 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics
      Kings Lane Medical Clinic
      #101 - 164 Kings Lane
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2P7
      P: 250 537-1828
      
      Valhalla Clinic
      1 - 108 Valhalla Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2V1
      P: 250 537-4811
      
      Dr. Ronald Reznick
      306 Lower Ganges Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2V3
      P: 250 537-5321
      

  • Lady Minto Hospital has long been a part of life on Salt Spring Island – it opened in its current location in 1958.

    • Contact Info

      Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital
      135 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1
      P: 250 538-4800
      F: 250 538-4870
      

    • Hospital Info

      Lady Minto Hospital is the largest of Island Health’s rural and remote hospitals. Services include:

      • 24/7 emergency services
      • Medical Imaging (x-ray and ultrasound)
      • Laboratory
      • Inpatient care: Basic low acuity inpatient care for medical, mental health and obstetrical needs
      • Hospital-based palliative care
      • Ambulatory (non-inpatient) services for endoscopy-based diagnostics

      Community-based general practitioners provide the main physician support for patients. They are currently supported by four specialists: 1 Radiologist, 1 General Internist and 2 Psychiatrists

      The hospital also features a psychiatric observation room, a pharmacy and an extended care unit.

      Other services that Lady Minto Hospital offers include:

      • nutrition counseling
      • physiotherapy
      • cardiac testing (including Holter monitoring, stress tests, electrocardiography)
      • chemotherapy

      Acute Care Beds: 18

      Extended Care Beds: 31

      Major Medical Care: Transfer to Vancouver (214 km)

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service Emergency Room in this community, although there is no critical care back up. It is open 24/7.

      # of Visits Per Year: 9,019 (2009/2010 Statistics: VIHA)

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 58 km to Victoria

    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      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 offers obstetrical services, including midwifery.

      Community Midwifery Care
      130 McPhillips Avenue
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2T5
      P: 250 537-2243 | F: 250 537-2143
      

    • Lab services

      Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital
      135 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1
      P: 250 370-8355 | TFP: 1 866 370-8355
      
      Hrs: M-F 7:30am-2pm
      

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital
      135 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1
      P: 250 538-4800 | F: 250 538-4807
      
      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.

    • BC Ambulance

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

    • Pharmacy

      Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital Pharmacy
      135 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1
      P: 250 538-4801 | F: 250 538-4803
      
      Pharmasave #270
      372 Lower Ganges Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2V7
      P: 250 538-0323 | F: 250 538-0326
      
      Pharmasave Ganges #120
      104 Lower Ganges Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2S7
      P: 250 537-5534 | F: 250 537-8831
      

    • Extended Care

      Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital (31 beds)
      135 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1
      P: 250 538-4800 | F: 250 538-4870
      
      In-community
      Greenwoods Care Centre
      133 Blain Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1Z9
      P: 250 537-5561
      

    • Home Nursing

      Home and Community Care Nursing
      1 - 137 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2R8
      P: 250 538-4880
      
      We Care Duncan
      P: 250 746-9224 | F: 250 715-0703
      

    • Dietetics

      Outpatient Nutrition
      Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital
      135 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1
      P: 250 538-4800 | F: 250 538-4870
      

    • Physiotherapy

      Outpatient Physiotherapy
      Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital
      135 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1
      P: 250 538-4800 | F: 250 538-4870
      
      In-community
      Salt Spring Physiotherapy
      103 Hereford Avenue
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2T3
      P: 250 537-1464 | F: 250 537-5518
      

    • Occupational therapy

      Home and Community Care
      1 - 137 Crofton Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2R8
      P: 250 538-4880 | F: 250 538-4899
      

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Adult & Family Addictions Services
      268 Fulford-Ganges Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2K6
      P: 250 537-9971
      
      The Island Counselling Group
      204 - 321 Lower Ganges Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2K6
      P: 250 537-2536
      
      Dr. Linda Clark
      470 Reynolds Road
      Salt Spring Island, BC, V8T 4P7
      P: 250 382-4092
      

    • Social workers

      Sharon Bronstein, MSW
      P: 250 537-9773
      

  • Child, Youth and Family Community Health
    South Island at Salt Spring Island Health Unit, VIHA
    1 - 137 Crofton Road
    Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2R8
    P: 250 538-4880
    
    Island Women Against Violence
    Box 376
    Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2R8
    P: 250 537-0717 | TFP: 1 888 527-0717 | F: 250 537-0752
    www.iwav.org
    

    • Practice Site Information

      Kings Lane Medical Clinic
      101-164 Kings Lane
      Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2P7
      250-537-1828
      
      Physician Site Coordionator
      Dr. Shane Barclay
      
      Office Manager
      Kirsty Oliveira
      

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      “Very friendly and welcoming community. Large % of homeless and mental health issues. Amazing staff at Kings Lane Clinic and at the hospital.”

      On the experience

      “Incredible. Diverse presentations. A lot of independence but well supported if you need it. Great learning opportunity. Lots of teaching. Highly recommended.”

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 24-30

    • Office Set-up

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

      Technology: Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes, every Tuesday.

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Paula Ryan
      Dr. Manya Sadouski
      Dr. Ian Gummeson
      Dr. Dan Kalf