Healthcare

Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tuesday marks deadline for B.C. health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Doctors, nurses, students, residents, contractors, volunteers all affected by order

 

LifeLabs workers represented by BCEGU strike outside LifeLabs administrative offices in Burnaby on Oct. 23. (Cole Schisler photo)

LifeLabs workers hold rally demanding better wages as labour negotiations resume

LifeLabs employees want better wages and pensions

 

To celebrate finishing his first round of chemotherapy, Addison Johnston (left) and his younger brother Ryland were taken to a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver by parents Kristin and Shane Johnston. But lots of treatment remains for the teenager, and his family has learned some hard lessons about the healthcare system. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack parents discover gaps in health care as teenage son battles leukemia

Though he’s 17-years-old, Addison Johnston couldn’t access treatment at B.C. Children’s Hospital

 

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)

Vancouver Island sees far more surgery delays due to COVID-19 than rest of B.C.

157 surgeries postponed at Island hospitals Sept. 26 to Oct. 2; next highest health authority had 57

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)
Donating to the ‘High Fives for Health Care’ campaign today means playing a vital role in transforming our health care system and preparing for the future of medicine, says Angela Chapman, President and CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

‘High Fives for Health Care’ supports B.C.’s most urgent health care needs

VGH UBC Hospital Foundation campaign supports the most urgent needs for B.C.’s health care system

  • Sep 20, 2021
Donating to the ‘High Fives for Health Care’ campaign today means playing a vital role in transforming our health care system and preparing for the future of medicine, says Angela Chapman, President and CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
A Saskatchewan Health Authority sign signifying a vaccine station at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

Serious crash could push Saskatchewan health-care system to brink: health officer

Surging COVID-19 cases have stretched resources to the limit and intensive care beds are full

A Saskatchewan Health Authority sign signifying a vaccine station at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
FILE – A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. nurses’ union ‘cannot support’ COVID vaccine mandate that could mean fewer staff

Health minister says province is working on plans to deal with fallout

FILE – A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than two dozen individuals and businesses donated cash and treats to show support for health-care professionals in 17 departments at Chilliwack General Hospital. (Margaret Reid photo)

Convoy of treats delivered to 17 departments at Chilliwack General Hospital

Grassroots effort was to support health workers in wake of noisy anti-vaccine protests

More than two dozen individuals and businesses donated cash and treats to show support for health-care professionals in 17 departments at Chilliwack General Hospital. (Margaret Reid photo)
Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Patient’s death in Kamloops ER sitting area came amid marathon wait for treatment

Another ER patient claims nurse informed those waiting there was a severe staff shortage

  • Sep 9, 2021
Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
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Health officials push B.C. doctors, nurse practitioners to resume in-person appointments

Many health care providers went to virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, a doctor examines a pregnant woman at the district women’s hospital, in Allahabad, in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

Online tool helps break misconceptions around future pregnancies after a C-section

B.C. has Canada’s highest C-section rate at 37 per cent

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, a doctor examines a pregnant woman at the district women’s hospital, in Allahabad, in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)
Melanie Rivers, whose ancestral name is Tiyaltelwet, is the Squamish Nation artist behind the report’s cover art, poem and dedication. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)

Ancestral roots: Indigenous women, girls’ health report highlights hurdles, traditions

Artist Melanie Rivers describes the inspiration between report’s cover art, poem

Melanie Rivers, whose ancestral name is Tiyaltelwet, is the Squamish Nation artist behind the report’s cover art, poem and dedication. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. (File photo)

Rural B.C. emergency room to close overnight for days as staffing shortages plague hospital

Ambulances will take patients to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. (File photo)
Healthcare workers from Women’s College Hospital prepare doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood, in the M3N postal code, on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Healthcare workers from Women’s College Hospital prepare doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood, in the M3N postal code, on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Letters to the editor.

Ambulance system needs an overhaul

‘I live in trepadation of ever needing an ambulance,’ says letter writer

  • Jul 11, 2021
Letters to the editor.
Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)

2 Interior Health employees withdraw from Aboriginal health positions over criticism

The employees were not Indigenous and believed the hiring process to be discriminatory

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)
Bryan Slater has been using the DexcomG6 for around three years. The device helps him monitor his diabetes. British Columbia has now expanded BC PharmaCare coverage for this technology. (Contributed)

Extended glucose monitoring coverage saves Summerland man more than $5,000 a year

British Columbia is the first province to reimburse people with diabetes using monitoring system

Bryan Slater has been using the DexcomG6 for around three years. The device helps him monitor his diabetes. British Columbia has now expanded BC PharmaCare coverage for this technology. (Contributed)
Hiring a home care nurse isn’t a defeat; it’s an act of love that enables both you and your parent to live richer lives.To book your free caring consult, call the local care team 24/7 at 778-600-0680. Learn more at nursenextdoor.com.

Delaying in-home care can make for an abrupt transition

Recognize your loved one’s needs early, and you can extend your quality time together

  • Jun 14, 2021
Hiring a home care nurse isn’t a defeat; it’s an act of love that enables both you and your parent to live richer lives.To book your free caring consult, call the local care team 24/7 at 778-600-0680. Learn more at nursenextdoor.com.
The Dexcom G6  (Dexcom)  continuous glucose monitor will now be covered through BC Pharmacare.

B.C. government announces medical device coverage for people with diabetes

‘This is an amazing life- and sanity-saving device.’

The Dexcom G6  (Dexcom)  continuous glucose monitor will now be covered through BC Pharmacare.
Assetou Coubily is sharing her negative experience at Royal Jubilee Hospital on May 10, where she frets her race played into the care she received. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

Black woman worries racial bias affected her care at B.C. hospital

She reluctantly visited ER on doctor’s urging, says staff disregarded her pain, concerns

Assetou Coubily is sharing her negative experience at Royal Jubilee Hospital on May 10, where she frets her race played into the care she received. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)