Health Care

Port Alberni is home to the regions main hospital, West Coast General Hospital, which provides state-of-the-art service to much of the west coast of Vancouver Island. The hospital is a 52-bed acute care facility and 32 extended care beds. It is only 80 kilometers from a major medical care centre in Nanaimo.

Health Care

The West Coast General Hospital offers emergency services, diagnostic imaging services, an intensive care unit, trauma room, gynecology room and a cast room. The ER includes five stretcher bays, six monitors and one chair for IV therapy, a psychiatric interview room. The intensive care unit is made up of three beds, a negative pressure room, a nurse, a respiratory therapist and three internists. Its in-patient services include anaesthesia, general surgery, urology, internal medicine, paediatrics, radiology, pathology and obstetrics and gynecology. The general surgery department includes two operating room theatres and an endoscope suite.

Laboratory services at the hospital include clinical chemistry, hematology/coagulation, blood bank, specimen procurement and electrocardiography. Outpatient services include physiotherapy, diabetes education, nutrition services, internal medicine clinic and a laboratory. Medical and Surgical services include four labour, delivery, post-partum rooms, 45 bed mixed medical and surgical unit, post-operative surgical care, medical care, palliative care, pediatrics and sub-acute psychiatry services.

Recently, the Maple Street Medical building started operating a walk-in clinic, the West Coast Urgent Care Clinic, and it now also offers a women’s health clinic. In addition, the city also has a branch of the Canadian Mental Health, a B.C. Ambulance Station, Children and Youth Mental Health Services. In addition to having a number of general practitioner doctors in the community, the area also offers physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic therapy, nutritionists and naturopaths, as well as many social workers and mental health professionals.