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.
Tourism, outdoor recreation
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.
Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital 135 Crofton Road Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1 P: 250 538-4800 F: 250 538-4870
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)
- 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
- cardiac testing (including Holter monitoring, stress tests, electrocardiography)
Acute Care Beds: 18
Extended Care Beds: 31
Major Medical Care: Transfer to Vancouver (214 km)
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)
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
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
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 Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.
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
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 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
Outpatient Nutrition Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital 135 Crofton Road Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1T1 P: 250 538-4800 | F: 250 538-4870
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
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
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.”
Practice per Day: 24-30
Is there space for the resident to have an office an an examination room? Yes
Technology: Electronic Medical Records
Hospital Rounds: Yes, every Tuesday.
Dr. Paula Ryan Dr. Manya Sadouski Dr. Ian Gummeson Dr. Dan Kalf