Vancouver Coastal Health

B.C. Floods Province With Overdose-Reversing Kits Amid Drug Crisis

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. has seen an explosion of fentanyl-related deaths over the past year.

Vancouver Police Understand Mental Illness

Susan Inman | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Inman

We hear about horrific situations in Canada when interactions between mentally unstable people and law enforcement lead to tragic outcomes. Less well known are the longtime efforts of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) to meet the needs of the 30% of their calls that deal with mental illness. While applauding the efforts of police to adapt, shouldn't we also be looking more closely at policies that are creating the chaos of so much untreated mental illness?

B.C. Sees Highest Levels Of Syphilis In 30 Years

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The number is nearly double what was reported a decade earlier.

Shocking Fentanyl Warnings Hit B.C. Nightclubs

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"This really is a disaster"

Rape Kit Inaccessibility Blocking Justice For Victims

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Squamish, B.C. councillor Susan Chapelle is devoting herself to removing hurdles in the justice system for sexual assault victims.

B.C. Health Care Worker Layoffs To Affect Nearly 1,200

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Union leaders are blaming "contracting out," "contract flipping" and the sale of businesses for the layoffs.

Mom Beaten By Mentally Ill Daughter Sues B.C. Hospital

CBC | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A Sunshine Coast, B.C. woman is suing Vancouver Coastal Health, claiming her mentally ill daughter beat her with a baseball bat just hours after hos...

Vancouver Coastal Health Warns Of Possible Toxic Canned Seafood

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Coastal Health is sending out a warning to anyone who may have purchased Bruno's Best ready-to-eat seafood products.The health a...

Record Overdoses At Vancouver Safe Injection Site Due To Fentanyl

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE - Oct. 15, 2014: Drug samples taken after a recent rash of suspected heroin overdoses have come back from Health Canada labs as straight Fentan...

Vancouver's Soaring Syphilis Rate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The syphilis rate in Metro Vancouver has reached a 30-year high, prompting a new campaign aimed at eliminating the disease.Vancouver Coast...

Mothers' Helpline To Be Cut Off

CBC | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Some parents say they want Vancouver Coastal Health to keep a newborn hotline alive after learning it is slated to be terminated at the end of the mon...

Popular Mental Health Program To Be Cut

CBC | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Participants in a unique art therapy program run by Vancouver Coastal Health for people with mental illness are fighting to keep the 21-year-old progr...

Health Worker Spies Celebrities' Records

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver's health authority is assuring patients their privacy is secure after firing a clerical employee who admitted to sneaking a peek...

ER Wait Times Go Online

The Vancouver Sun | Pamela Fayerman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Patients needing emergency medical care will soon be able to go online to shop for the shortest waiting times before deciding which Vancouver Coastal ...

Plane Crash Victim's Hospital Transfer Took Weeks

CBC | Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada British Columbia

The family of plane crash survivor Vincent Hannay is frustrated hospital transfer delays left him stranded in Kelowna for several weeks. L...

B.C.'s Long Hot Weekend

CBC | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada

Health officers in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are warning people to be careful during a heat wave that has been forecast for the B.C. Day long weekend. ...

A $30-Million Donation For Vancouver's Homeless.. Given Anonymously

CBC | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada

A Vancouver couple has anonymously donated $30 million to help reopen heritage home Taylor Manor as a housing facility for the homeless in the city. ...

Why Taxpayers Should Subsidize Crack Pipes

Reka Gustafson, MD | Posted 03.06.2012 | Canada
Reka Gustafson, MD

The goal's of the Vancouver Coastal Health's recently launched pilot project to provide free crack pipes to addicts are getting lost in the ideological debate about harm reduction and the public's opinion of whose health care needs should receive priority funding.

Shared Crack Pipes In BC Reveal Service Gaps For Addicts

Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - Newly released data suggest about two-thirds of crack cocaine smokers in Vancouver and Victoria share crack pipes, a...