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How to Find a Doctor

It is a challenge to find a family doctor on Vancouver Island. You will need to rely on several services for medical care. 

If you don’t know what to do, call 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist, or other medical professionals 24 hours a day. 

For emergencies, including bleeding that needs stitches, head injury, broken bones, or anything else that cannot wait, call 911 or go to an emergency room. Wait times vary, and the sickest patients are seen first: https://www.islandhealth.ca/patients-visitors/visiting-emergency-department

For same-day non-emergency services, such as infections, call or visit a walk-in centre. Go EARLY and expect to wait several hours: https://www.islandhealth.ca/our-locations

For prescription refills, or other non-urgent matters (usually 2 week wait). Services are virtual. Use this app: https://www.telus.com/en/personal-health/my-care?CMP=VAN_mycare

To book COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, visit: https://www.islandhealth.ca/node/2173

To book your mandatory medical exam visit: https://secure.cic.gc.ca/pp-md/pp-list.aspx

Mental Health: https://ukrainehelpvi.ca/counselling/

For sexual health care, visit:

Victoria: https://www.islandsexualhealth.org/

Nanaimo: https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/clinic/nanaimo-opt-clinic/

Courtenay: https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/clinic/courtenay-opt-clinic/

If you don’t know what to do, call 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist, or other medical professionals 24 hours a day.