The Hazeltons (Hazelton, New Hazelton and South Hazelton) are located 290 km east of Prince Rupert and 70 km northwest of Smithers. Hazelton is located on the banks of the Skeena River and is one of the oldest communities in Northern BC. New Hazelton is situated between the Bulkley River and the stunning Roche De Boule Mountain Range. South Hazelton lies at the base of the towering Roche De Boule. There are seven First Nation villages that lie within the boundaries of our catchment area that provide rich cultural experiences, and have made significant historical contributions to the area. View RCCbc's interactive rural community map to learn more about Hazelton and its location.
Hazelton’s eight physicians work in a group practice and offer full-service medical care, including Emergency and In-patient services at the local hospital. They serve the population of the Hazeltons and outlying villages, which is approximately 7,600 people. The catchment area spans from Kispiox Valley in the north to New Hazelton in the east to Gitanyow in the northwest. Our hospital has nine complex care beds, one respite bed, ten acute care beds and one secure psychiatric observation room. Our hospital accommodates an in-house pharmacy, dental clinic, doctor’s outpatient clinic, laboratory, and medical imaging unit, which includes ultrasound.
Other health and community care services include: public health efforts, home and community care support services, mental health and addictions, diabetic education, dietician services, pre- and post-natal outreach programs, and Skeena Place Assisted Living. Visiting specialists provide a range of services, including podiatry, pediatrics, internal medicine, general surgery, rheumatology, OB/GYN, cardiology, and gerontology. First Nations Health Authority, in collaboration with Gitxsan Health Society, ensures that health promotion and health care services delivered to First Nations populations are culturally appropriate.
With the support and assistance of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice team, the Hazelton Chapter is looking forward to improving access to primary care services, streamlining administrative management, and rising to the challenge of delivering quality care in a rural setting.
Joanne Collins, Physician Lead
Selina Stoeppler, Chapter Coordinator