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The Gabriola Community Health Centre: Community partnership leads to team-based care success

Residents of Gabriola Island have access to comprehensive care from a team of health care providers that includes GPs, visiting specialists, a home care nurse, a community health nurse, a social worker, and a mental health nurse. But this wasn’t always the case. A decade ago, a shortage of office space and a lack of emergency services on the island had created gaps in care, leading the community to build a solution: the Gabriola Community Health Centre.

While the centre was built prior to the formation of the Gabriola Island Chapter of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, the division and chapter have been instrumental in initiating a part-time social worker, telehealth videoconferencing equipment and support, development of the Health and Wellness Collaborative and the Palliative Care Working Group, and more. Island Health and other local health care stakeholders support the centre as well.

The centre now functions as a patient medical home, giving people access to the health care they need in a consistent fashion.

Click here to read the full story about the community effort to build the Gabriola Community Health Centre.

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