This is a 8 bed hospital on the south coast of Graham Island, 500 miles North of Vancouver. The hospital serves a population of 3,000 - from villages to isolated logging camps.
The hospital provides acute and long term care services. Many islanders are employed in the logging or fishing industries and a significant proportion of our patients are Haida Indians. There are seasonal influxes of fishermen and tourists.
The physicians on staff are part of a community-run project in health care delivery, attempting to give a team approach to health care. They do general practice, normal obstetrics and emergency coverage including closed reductions, minor surgery and stabilization of trauma and otherwise stabilizing critically ill patients for transport when necessary.
There is a commitment to family-centred maternity care.
The physicians maintain a close relationship with other health care personnel such as the Alcohol & Drug Counsellor, Public Health Nurse, social workers and the Native community health workers.
Frequent telephone consultations are made and consultants regularly visit from Prince Rupert and the Lower Mainland.