Patients with urgent health emergencies should go to the hospital or call 9-1-1 if they are choking, experiencing signs or symptoms of heart attack, stroke, have broken bones or wounds that may need stitches. If in doubt, call 9-1-1.
Physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives have been provided guidance so they can continue to provide care safely during the pandemic. Contact your health care provider for information about appointments. Child Health BC has information to help parents and caregivers assess their child's medical care needs during the Pandemic.
- Patients who have chronic health conditions should continue to seek medical care for health conditions and have a two-week supply of medication on hand.
- Immunization is an essential service and health units are continuing to hold clinics during COVID-19. Visit ImmunizeBC for the latest information.
Allied health professionals including but not limited to diagnostic imaging, laboratory, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, dietetics, speech and hearing health, prosthetics and chiropractic services have also been provided guidance so they can provide care safely during the pandemic.
are only treating urgent dental emergencies in their offices. Patients with dental pain, swelling, infection or trauma must first be assessed by their dentist over the phone. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually and when it is safe to do so. Learn more here: https://www.bcdental.org/bcda-statement-coronavirus/
Optometrists are only treating urgent ocular or eye emergencies. Patients who have an eye emergency should contact their local optometrist for guidance. Full services will resume gradually in a way that promotes safe care of patients while continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Use our Find a Doctor tool to find the nearest optometrist:
People with non-urgent health related questions can call
8-1-1 for advice available any time and every day of the year.