The Oceanside Health Centre Urgent Care is a multidisciplinary environment with physicians and emergency-trained RNs that provides urgent and emergent medical care to the Oceanside area on Vancouver Island. The Urgent Care is open from 0730-2230 daily and physicians usually work 8-hour shifts. Emergency certification is not required, but physicians working here should be comfortable providing acute emergent care. This would include advanced airway management, cardioversions, cardiac thrombolysis and fracture and dislocation reduction with procedural sedation. Patients are triaged by trained RNs according to the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS) and are seen by the physicians. There is onsite medical imaging with x-ray and ultrasound and limited lab services are available via point-of-care testing. There is a large formulary of IV, oral and other medications as well as casting and splinting equipment. There are no overnight beds. Patients requiring a higher level of care are transferred to the regional referral hospital, which is 30 minutes away and has a no-refusal policy.
Other services offered at the Oceanside Health Centre include adult and geriatric psychiatry, medical daycare, ambulatory wound care, primary care, community care (mental health, home and community care, home support, diabetes education, and seniors health), and an out-patient lab. Candidates may apply to work full-time, half-time or casually.
May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidy Agreement (RSA) including:
- Recruitment Incentive = up to $10,000
- Relocation Costs Reimbursement – up to a maximum of $15,000
- Fee Premium = 6.3%
- Annual Flat Fee = $6,334.20
Rural CME starting at $2,200/annum in years 3&4, then increasing to a maximum of $4,400 after 4 years in the community.
Parksville has one of the most temperature climates in all of Canada, with sandy beaches and activities galore for everyone from young families up to retirement. Parksville has a slower pace of life, where people take time to enjoy the beauty of the area and the endless outdoor activities. The major centres of Nanaimo and Victoria are readily accessible via the Island Parkway, and regularly scheduled ferry, air and float plane services from Nanaimo offer easy access to Vancouver. Practice where the living is easy, and still have access to everything a big city has
to offer just 2 hours away.
Oceanside Health Centre
Dr. Drew Digney
Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
CCFP or CCFP-EM
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) - Mandatory
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) - Mandatory
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - Mandatory
Surgical Skills - Mandatory
Emergency Experience - Desired