We provide complete primary care medical services (with the exception of obstetrics) and currently have ten family practice physicians on staff. The physicians each have their own area of expertise such as HIV, mental health, diabetes, women, children and addictions. There are three physicians available during day time hours, Mondays through Fridays, and one physician working evenings and weekends.
Nursing care is available seven days a week and our nurses provide wound care, well-women exams, phlebotomy and many other nursing services. One of our nurses has also spearheaded the clinic’s smoking cessation program.
Hepatitis C Treatment Program
An integrated Hepatitis C treatment program continues to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Along with peer facilitators, the team also runs a Hep C group which educates and facilitates group discussion and support.
The clinic provides access to the following specialties:
- infectious diseases
- psychiatry and mental health counselling
- alcohol and drug counselling
- chiropractic services
- respiratory therapy
- social work for HIV patients
- dietitian counselling
Providing this integrated and comprehensive care has greatly improved the access to and the quality of medical care for our patients.
Women and Children – Wednesday afternoons are set aside for women and children in order to provide a safe and comfortable space as they wait for a visit with their care provider. In conjunction with the Positive Outlook Program, we offer a yearly "Papalooza” afternoon where well-women exams are offered along with food, games and prizes.
The Dude’s Club – Also in conjunction with the Positive Outlook Program, a men’s group is offered every other Thursday. The main objective is to promote men’s health and to enable men to develop self-esteem and confidence. Between thirty and forty men meet, host a variety of activities and discuss various health topics which are chosen by the participants. A VNHS physician volunteers his services and leads the discussion. During this evening the men are also able to access medical care if necessary.
Youth Night – We offer a weekly evening Youth Clinic which runs concurrently with the Youth Drop-in every Wednesday evening. The clinic and drop-in offer a safe, low threshold, culturally appropriate space where youth can access timely medical care and a nutritious meal. In 2010 there were three hundred and ninety youth visits to the clinic and most of these youth were not previously engaged in any kind of medical care.
The women, men and youth that attend these groups are also welcome to access any of the clinic’s services during regular clinic hours.
The clinic continues to provide training opportunities for medical students, residents and nurses as well as providing appropriate continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and support staff. The clinic also participates in the CHIUS (Community Health Initiative by University Students) program and a physician and nurse teach medical and nursing students on Wednesday evenings.