Williams Lake is located in the central interior of British Columbia. It is located between Kamloops and Prince George in the central Cariboo region and is accessible by highway and air. Its nickname is BC’s Stampede Capital because it hosts the annual Williams Lake Stampede every Canada Day long weekend.
Williams Lake is also well known for its stock car racing and the main industries are forestry, mining and ranching, logging and milling. The Thompson Rivers University has a campus located here. The popular Scout Island is located on the west end of Williams Lake and is a nature sanctuary and park area.
Forestry, mining and ranching
Town Population: 10,832 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
Ages of Population: 0-17: 20.6% 18-24: 10.6% 25-64: 55.5% 65+: 13.4% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Interior Health
Health Service Delivery Area: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap
Regional District: Cariboo Regional District
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 22.40
Practitioners + Clinic information
General Practitioners: 30 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 14 Specialists
Clinics Atwood Medical Clinic 101, 143 - 4th Avenue South Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1J8 P: 250 398-5162 Borland Medical Clinic 452 Borland R Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1M3 P: 250 392-6126 Cameron Medical Clinic 302 Cameron Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1S9 P: 250 305-1102 Cariboo Chiropractic & Medical Centre 232 Third Ave N Williams Lake, BC, V2G 4T5 P: 250 392-8914 Comer Medical Clinic 440 Comer St Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1T7 P: 250 398-8499 Esketemc Health Centre Box 4479, 1022 Esk'et Drive - Alkali Lake Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2V5 P: 250 440-5651 | TFP: 1 866 440-5611 | F: 250 440-5691 Three Corners Health Services Society 150 North - 1st Avenue Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1Y8 P: 250 398-9814 | F: 250 398-9824 Williams Lake Health Centre (Caribou Health Unit) 3rd Floor - 540 Borland Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1R8 P: 250 302-5000 Yorston Medical Clinic 201, 143 S Fourth Ave Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1J8 P: 250 398-8242
Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake operates under the Interior Health Authority. Services include:
- general medicine
Many of the surgical procedures are now provided safely on an outpatient basis through Daycare Surgery.
Caribou Memorial Hospital 517 - 6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 392-4411 | F : 250 392-2157
Acute care beds: 28
Extended care beds: 45
Major Medical Care: Transfer to Prince George. (241 km)
This community offers limited ER services 24/7.
The Emergency Department (ED) consists of 10 stretchers, five of which have cardiac monitors and one which is in a negative pressure room. The ED is staffed with a complement of RNs, LPNs, and an onsite physician.
Number of visits per year: 20,598 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)
CAEP and CTAS
Description Level 5
Facility with inpatient beds, offer services such as anaesthesia and ICU, definitive care for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as requested, open 24/7
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 has surgical services.
The Surgical Services Department has 2 operating theaters, a 7 bay day surgery unit, a dedicated endoscopy suite and a medical device reprocessing team. Three general surgeons and three OB/GYNs perform approximately 1,600 surgeries and 1,400 endoscopies per year. This is a very team-oriented, vibrant, busy area, covering all aspects of patient care through the peri-operative experience.
The Pre-Surgical Screening / Surgical Day Care nurse works day shifts 6:45 am – 2:27 pm or 10:30 am – 6:12 pm, Monday to Friday.
There are Caesarian section services available in this community.
Cariboo Memorial Hospital Laboratory 517 - 6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 302-3215 | F: 250 302-3229 Hrs: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
There is a blood bank in this community.
X-ray Cariboo Memorial Hospital Diagnostic Imaging 517 - 6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 392-4411 | F: 250 302-2157 Ultrasound There are ultrasound services in this community. CT There are CT services in this community. Mammography There are mammography services in this community.
BC Ambulance Services provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance.
Hospital Cariboo Memorial Hospital Pharmacy 517 - 6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 392-8230 | F: 250 392-8280 Drugstore Pharmacy #6734 1000 South Lakeside Drive Williams Lake, BC, V2G 3A6 P: 250 305-2158 | F: 250 305-2162 Kornak & Hamm's Pharmacy 366 Yorston Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 4J5 P: 250 398-8177 | F: 250 398-7393 Safeway Food and Drug - Pharmacy #159 451 Oliver Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1M5 P: 250 398-8380 | F: 250 398-7087 Save-On-Foods Pharmacy #987 730 Oliver Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1N1 P: 250 392-7266 | F: 250 392-5839 Shoppers Drug Mart #283 #12 Second Avenue South Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1H6 P: 250 392-3333 | F: 250 392-2408 Wal-Mart Pharmacy #1106 1205 Prosperity Way Williams Lake, BC, V2G 0A5 P: 250 305-6899 | F: 250 305-1145
Cariboo Memorial Hospital (6 beds) 517 - 6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 302-3202 | F: 250 392-2157 Williams Lake Seniors Village (113 beds) 1455 Western Avenue Williams Lake, BC, V2G 5N1 P: 250 305-1131
Home & Community Care Office 517 - 6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 302-3244 Xat'sull First Nations 3405 Mountain House Road Williams Lake, BC, V2G 5L4 P: 250 989-2355 Prenatal Home Visits Williams Lake Health Centre 540 Borland Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1R8 P: 250 302-5000 WeCare Prince George P: 250 563-3501 | F: 250 563-6448
Nutritional Services Cariboo Memorial Hospital 517 - 6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 302-3202 | F: 250 392-2157
Diabetic Nurse Educator
Williams Lake Physiotherapy Clinic 565 B Oliver Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1M7 P: 250 398-6771
Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre 690 - 2nd Ave North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 4C4 P: 250 392-4481 ext. 210 | F: 250 392-4432 Cariboo Chilcotin School District 27 1165 B Blair Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1X3 P: 250 398-3864 | F: 250 392-6226
Mental Health and Addictions
CMHA - Cariboo Chilcotin Branch 51 - 4th Avenue South Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1J6 P: 250 398-8220 | F: 250 392-4456 Nenqayni Wellness Centre Box 2529, 4802 Cariboo Highway 97 North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 4P2 P: 250 989-0301 | F: 250 989-0307 Williams Lake Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services 487 Borland Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2G8 P: 250 392-1483 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Gateway Crisis Stabilization Unit 517 - North 6th Avenue Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2P3 P: 250 392-8261 | F: 250 392-8262 Cariboo Friendship Society 99 South 3rd Avenue Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1J1 P: 250 398-6831 | F: 250 398-6115
Denisqui Services Society 240B North Mackenzie Avenue Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1N6 P: 250 392-6500 | F: 250 392-6501 Community Living BC 107, 197 - 2 Avenue North Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1Z5 P: 250 398-4992 Williams Lake STI Clinic - IHA 540 Borland Street Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1R8 P: 250 302-5000 Hrs: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Appointment only.
Services: STI testing, treatment, counseling, HIV testing, HIV treatment, HIV counseling, pregnancy testing, birth control information, immunizations, needle exchange
Cariboo Friendship Society 99 South 3rd Avenue Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1J1 P: 250 398-6831 | F: 250 398-6115 Knucwentwecw Society 231 North 2nd Avenue Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1Z7 P: 250 392-2995 | F: 250 957-4340
Practice Site Information
Clinics Atwood Medical Clinic Yorston Medical Clinic Comer Medical Clinic Borland Medical Clinic Cariboo Chiropractic & Medical Centre Hospital Cariboo Memorial Hospital 517-6th Avenue North Williams Lake, BC V2G 2G8 Physician Site Coordinator Dr. Ivor McMahen Office Administrator Chrys Mills
Training Site Information
Medical Resident: UBC
Dr. Glen Fedor Dr. Diana Das Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo Dr. Josua Roux Dr. Ivan Scrooby Dr. Billy Longland Dr. Meandi Els Dr. Stefan de Swardt Dr. Joleyn Steyl Dr. Paul Magnuson Dr. Emil Labossiere Dr. Doug Neufeld Dr. Jeanne Boeke
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