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Gabriola Medical Clinic

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Gabriola Medical Clinic

Gabriola Medical Clinic began in 1994. In 2012, we moved into a beautiful, modern, community-built building — the Gabriola Community Health Centre.

The doctors and staff aim to offer the best possible medical care to people on Gabriola Island. We believe the relationship between doctors, patients, and staff to be a partnership, working best when based on mutual trust and respect. We aim to follow this compact, published by the BC General Practice Services Committee, and we encourage you to, too.

We try to provide the best possible care to people who may find it harder to access healthcare services, including people with severe mental health problems, learning difficulties, drug problems, homeless people, those with limited English.

You can find out more about the clinic by checking out our Clinic Achievements page where you’ll find relevant articles and videos relating to the clinic.

We will not tolerate abusive or offensive language or behaviour.

We gratefully acknowledge the Gabriola Health Care Foundation, which owns the Health Centre and generously supported the development of this website.

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We offer a full range of primary care services for you and your family.

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Our Team

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Gabriola Medical Clinic News

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With the departure of Dr. Shadmani at the end of April and Dr. Mierzewski at the end of June, many Gabriola residents will be joining the almost one million British Columbians that do not have a family doctor. By June 2022 Gabriola will only have two doctors and one Nurse Practitioner to manage the medical care of a community of 4500, many of whom are elderly or have complex medical or mental health conditions.

BC’s family doctors play a critical role in early identification of disease, improved management of chronic illness, and helping people stay well. Evidence shows that a higher supply of family physicians is correlated with better health outcomes. Fewer family doctors are choosing to work in comprehensive, longitudinal family practice and more family doctors than ever before are considering leaving family practice. There are an increasing number of family doctors moving from primary care to other areas within health care. While these doctors are providing important services – such as urgent care, hospital work and speciality areas – their absence from community-based practices make it harder than ever to find family doctors to work in rural communities.

The Gabriola physicians, the Health Care Foundation and the Gabriola Chapter of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice have begun recruiting for new physicians. A long-term campaign is under development by the Health care Foundation.

As a first success we have secured two long term locums. Dr. Harry Nielsen and Dr. Aoife Green will be joining the practice in May and August 2022 and will stay until August 2023. Any patient orphaned by Dr. Mierzewski and Dr. Shadmani will be provided interim medical care by these two physicians. This is great news for our community, and we are grateful for the help.

Until our new locums start work the clinic will do our best to continue to help those waiting for care, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate this new era of primary care crisis.
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With the departure of Dr. Shadmani at the end of April and Dr. Mierzewski at the end of June, many Gabriola residents will be joining the almost one million British Columbians that do not have a family doctor. By June 2022 Gabriola will only have two doctors and one Nurse Practitioner to manage the medical care of a community of 4500, many of whom are elderly or have complex medical or mental health conditions.

BC’s family doctors play a critical role in early identification of disease, improved management of chronic illness, and helping people stay well. Evidence shows that a higher supply of family physicians is correlated with better health outcomes. Fewer family doctors are choosing to work in comprehensive, longitudinal family practice and more family doctors than ever before are considering leaving family practice. There are an increasing number of family doctors moving from primary care to other areas within health care. While these doctors are providing  important services – such as urgent care, hospital work and speciality areas – their absence from community-based practices make it harder than ever to find family doctors to work in rural communities. 

The Gabriola physicians, the Health Care Foundation and the Gabriola Chapter of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice have begun recruiting for new physicians. A long-term campaign is under development by the Health care Foundation. 

As a first success we have secured two long term locums. Dr. Harry Nielsen and Dr. Aoife Green will be joining the practice in May and August 2022 and will stay until August 2023. Any patient orphaned by Dr. Mierzewski and Dr. Shadmani will be provided interim medical care by these two physicians. This is great news for our community, and we are grateful for the help. 

Until our new locums start work the clinic will do our best to continue to help those waiting for care, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate this new era of primary care crisis.

Comment on Facebook With the departure ...

We appreciate the update and the hard work you do to keep our community healthy.

Wonderful news! We are so fortunate to have the physicians, clinic staff and the Health Care Foundation working to find viable solutions to this very real crisis.

Thank you for the update and all your hard work on our behalf.

Wow! We are soooo lucky to have such caring staff in our Medical Clinic during this frustrating time for all.

Great news. Thank you for your hard work in securing locums.

Great news, Thankyou!!

Thank You at our medical clinic for all of your incredible work in searching and finding medical care for all of us here on Gabriola. This is certainly a crisis for us in Canada. Our governments, Provincialy and Federally, are the only hope for enticing our medical system to find a viable option for medical practitioners wanting to enter and make a decent living giving their help. We all need dependable health care! This falls just below clean water and it is that IMPORTANT! Thank You so very much to our new locums and I hope that we have provided a good place for you to live in and not be overloaded and want to leave. We all must make their stay here the best that we can provide.

Way to go Gabriola, providing excellent care, running a business and actively recruiting GP’s. So many could learn from your example.

Thank you so much for all your hard work and care. Fantastic news on securing two long term locums!

Thank you so much for the work you are doing to secure doctors for our island.

Great news! Thank you all for the work you do for our community.

Thank you so much for securing the two locums. Very relieved!

Thank you for all the hard work you do for our community.

Fantastic news, thanks for all your hard work!

Thank you for all the work you are doing for us, appreciated so much. Great news for all island residents. 🥰🥰

Great news! Thank you for working so hard on our behalf!

The lack of Dr's and Health Care workers in BC has become a major problem. We used to be the flagship of medical care in Canada , now we are at the bottom of the list. It's sad and very concerning for all .

Fantastic news thank you for all your care and work.

Thank you for all your hard work. Everyone appreciates it.

That is really great news.🌹

Thank you so much for sharing this news….

This is such good news, I feel such relief! Thank you!

Thank you for this really good news.

Thank you, thank you for all you do for Gabriolans!

Great news !

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What a great success!!! We have run out flu vaccine for today’s flu clinic.

For all of those folks that didn’t get a flu shot don’t worry!!! We will be getting more vaccine soon so call the clinic or stay tuned here for more vaccine dates!

Thanks from team at the Gabriola Medical Clinic 🙏☀️🙏
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400 Flu shots delivered in 1.5 hours! Well done team. We will order more vaccine and keep you posted on next chances for vaccination!!

Goodness that was so efficient and fast!

You all did an amazing job! Thank you for looking after your community ❤️💕

Yes well organized and fast (except for the huge lineup). Very efficient way to do so many. Do you know how many billions were served? PS, I got into line about 9:50 on North Rd near Bertha (guessing about 100-150 cars in front of me??). I wondered how many they could accommodate but waited my turn slowly snaking ahead every minute or two. After the shot, I headed home and there were still at least as many cars waiting and the end of the line was still at Bertha!! Crazy!

Fantastic Community we live in💖

Look forward to catching the next one!

Thank you to all

Great job! Thank you 🙂

Thank you for all you do for our community

Wonderful job! Thank you all so much!

Awesome job. Thanks to everyone involed

Very efficient, thanks so much!

Thank you so much! Very efficient and fast, yet still friendly!

Awesome job!!!! Thanks so much❣️❣️

Thank you so much! You all did a wonderful job!

Thank you so much. Terribly efficient!

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We have an exciting but disruptive change coming! We are upgrading our Electronic Medical Record system and are replacing all our hardware. 🖥 🤓

To accommodate this needed change the Gabriola Medical Clinic will have periods of closure and reduced hours next week (October 18th- October 22) as we change over and train on our new system.

In planning for this we have tried to minimize the disruption for the community as much as possible. However COVID does not go away because we have new computers to install. Emergencies don’t hold until we can answer the phone!

As always we will be available for emergencies through 911. Please call an ambulance.

We will also continue to do COVID swabs next week. You will not be able to call for a test on Monday as our phones won’t be answered. If you have symptoms and need testing for COVID on Monday the 18th we will be able to do on the spot testing at the clinic from 1:30-2:30 (after the Flu Clinic). This will only be for symptomatic people or those contacted by Public Health and told to get a test.

Please be patient with us next week. 🙏 We need this new system to continue to provide service and look forward to getting back to “normal” after our new EMR is ready.

Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe. ❤️
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We have an exciting but disruptive change coming! We are upgrading our Electronic Medical Record system and are replacing all our hardware. 🖥 🤓

To accommodate this needed change the Gabriola Medical Clinic will have periods of closure and reduced hours next week (October 18th- October 22) as we change over and train on our new system. 

In planning for this we have tried to minimize the disruption for the community as much as possible. However COVID does not go away because we have new computers to install. Emergencies don’t hold until we can answer the phone!

As always we will be available for emergencies through 911. Please call an ambulance. 

We will also continue to do COVID swabs next week. You will not be able to call for a test on Monday as our phones won’t be answered. If you have symptoms and need testing for COVID on Monday the 18th we will be able to do on the spot testing at the clinic from 1:30-2:30 (after the Flu Clinic). This will only be for symptomatic people or those contacted by Public Health and told to get a test.

Please be patient with us next week. 🙏 We need this new system to continue to provide service and look forward to getting back to “normal” after our new EMR is ready. 

Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe. ❤️

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Thank you for all your expertise and caregiving you provide in this community❤️❤️❤️❤️

Good luck in transition!

I happened to be at NRGH the day they were starting to implement a new computer program, had help to coach the nurse thru it. I hope you have better luck than that! 🙂

Good Luck on changing your system

Thanks so much for letting us know

Hope everything goes as smoothly as possible! ❤️

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🚘💉Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

Gabriola Medical Clinic, 695 Church Street

Monday October 18th 10:00-12:00
(Please no early birds! Early line ups lead to congestion and everyone waits longer.)

Wear a mask, a short sleeved shirt and have your B.C. CareCard ready.

Adults only during this clinic to facilitate efficiency
Families/Children are welcome to book an appointment for vaccinations during regular clinic hours ❤️❤️

We will provide vaccine to eligible people on a first come / first serve basis. If we run out of vaccine we will organize additional clinics based on demand. We Promise!!!

If the line extends down Church Street please remember not to block the entrances to the Fire Hall or Ambulance Station. Please do not idle your car if you are waiting.

For eligibility criteria please go to www.healthlinkbc.ca

We are looking forward to another successful Vaccination Clinic with our wonderful community!!!
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🚘💉Drive-Thru Flu Clinic 

Gabriola Medical Clinic, 695 Church Street

Monday October 18th 10:00-12:00
(Please no early birds!  Early line ups lead to congestion and everyone waits longer.)

Wear a mask, a short sleeved shirt and have your B.C. CareCard ready.

Adults only during this clinic to facilitate efficiency 
Families/Children are welcome to book an appointment for vaccinations during regular clinic hours ❤️❤️

We will provide vaccine to eligible people on a first come / first serve basis. If we run out of vaccine we will organize additional clinics based on demand. We Promise!!!

If the line extends down Church Street please remember not to block the entrances to the Fire Hall or Ambulance Station. Please do not idle your car if you are waiting.

For eligibility criteria please go to www.healthlinkbc.ca

We are looking forward to another successful Vaccination Clinic with our wonderful community!!!

Comment on Facebook 🚘💉Drive-Thru ...

We have run out of flu vaccine today. If you didn’t get your shot don’t worry!! We will have more chances in the very near future. Call the clinic or stayed tuned here for more details. Thanks for a great turnout Gabriola!!

Tried to go to the link for criteria. No can find. What are the criteria for getting the shot

Amazing!

Thank you!

Roger William Carter

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We are thrilled that Dr. Shadmani and Dr. Cusack have joined our team and our community! Please join us in welcoming our new clinicians to the clinic and to Gabriola. 🙏❤🙌

See this recent Sounder article for more details.

www.soundernews.com/news/patient-lists-being-equalized-amongst-physicians-to-ensure-space-is-avai...
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We are thrilled that Dr. Shadmani and Dr. Cusack have joined our team and our community!  Please join us in welcoming our new clinicians to the clinic and to Gabriola. 🙏❤🙌

See this recent Sounder article for more details. 

http://www.soundernews.com/news/patient-lists-being-equalized-amongst-physicians-to-ensure-space-is-available-for-everyone.h

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Welcome So glad you are part of this Beautiful Community!! That gives us all hope to get a Dr. Thank You 💕

Welcome to the community! Dr Shadmani was my doctor in Coquitlam for about 10 years before she closed her practice here.

We are so fortunate to have you join our amazing medical team on Gabe. What a perfect fit!

Sooo Happy you have joined the Gab. Med. Clinic. Those happy faces make me feel better!!!

Welcome to the community! Thank you for choosing us.

Welcome, you're going to love it here.

What a great piece of news! Welcome to both doctors. Hopefully we will get a doctor here after 2 and a half years of being on the waiting list.🤞

Nothing but praise for these ladies! Thank you!

Welcome to both of you! We're so glad you've chosen us.

Fantastic news!! Welcome to our lovely island 💞

WOW that is great news.

Yay 👍

Welcome to Gabriola!! Great news!!

Yes welcome to Gabriola.

Woot! Woot!!

Indeed, Welcome!👍🌲🌲🌲

Welcome ladies!

Fabulous news, welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to Gabriola!

Welcome Doctors!

Such fantastic news. Welcome to both of you!

Yay! Welcome home!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

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🤔 There have been A LOT of questions about our next Community Vaccine Clinic at the end of June. Island Health has kindly supplied us with some answers. Everything you need to know on two handy pages! Please read carefully as likely your concerns have been addressed in the attached FAQ. Share widely to make sure your neighbours understand the process.

The short version is that **Everyone** can book a first or second vaccine on Gabriola! There may still be glitches, but the plan should accomodate everyone. 🙌💉❤
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🤔  There have been A LOT of questions about our next Community Vaccine Clinic at the end of June. Island Health has kindly supplied us with some answers. Everything you need to know on two handy pages! Please read carefully as likely your concerns have been addressed in the attached FAQ. Share widely to make sure your neighbours understand the process.

The short version is that **Everyone** can book a first or second vaccine on Gabriola! There may still be glitches, but the plan should accomodate everyone. 🙌💉❤

Comment on Facebook 110498790566562_314883286794777

Not able to book the June 28th clinic if had first shot at the end of May clinic. Called 833 number twice and not allowed Whole Community Clinic on Gabriola even though 4 weeks has passed. 833 says a minimum of 8 weeks and will be notified for it.

Are there still appointments available for June 28th?

Thank you so much for posting this information 🙂

Please note the above news posts are limited to the most recent. Visit our facebook page to view our full timeline.

Be sure to check some of our accomplishments on our Clinic Achievements page.

The Building

The clinic is grateful to occupy a wonderful building that was built by the community on Gabriola and is operated by the Gabriola Health Care Foundation. The story of how this clinic was built is remarkable. For more information, and for videos telling the clinic’s story, see the Foundation’s website.

Travel Assistance Forms

Travel assistance forms are available for eligible BC residents who need to travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available within their own community. Please call ahead with the name of the specialist or service and we can have the form ready for you quickly.

For information regarding medical assured loading, please see the BC Ferries news release.

Fees and Charges

The Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP) covers most necessary medical services for BC residents. Please refer to our Fee Schedule here for complete details.

Recruitment

Looking to join our team? Please review the “Join Our Team” page or call (250) 247-9922 to speak to any of the doctors. We’d be delighted to tell you more!

We believe there are around 800 patients on Gabriola who are not registered with a primary care provider. Our aim is that everyone on the island who wants a GP at our clinic can receive it.

During the pandemic, we’re doing our best to accommodate everyone on Gabriola. Call us on (250) 247-9922.

Please understand that we are not a walk-in clinic. For more information about our services during the pandemic, click here and for emergency care, click here.

Get In Touch

Phone & Fax

P. (250) 247-9922
F. (250) 247-9162

Hours

Mon-Wed:  9am to 4pm
Thursday:  10am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 3pm

Address

695 Church Street
Gabriola BC V0R 1X3

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Gabriola Medical Clinic is an unincorporated association of Dr Tracey Thorne Inc, Dr. Ramak Shadmani Inc. and Dr. Erin Cusack.

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