COVID-19 UPDATES


Should I get the COVID vaccine? SCBP providers recommend getting the COVID vaccine while pregnant. Go to http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COV… for a full discussion and help with your decision. Priority has now been given to people who are pregnant to receive a COVID vaccine.

When should I get the COVID vaccine? Any time after you are offered it. If you have recently had another vaccine wait 2 weeks before getting the COVID vaccine. After getting the COVID vaccine wait 2 weeks before getting any other vaccine.

How do I get it?

Step 1: Register for the vaccine online: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register

Step 2: Phone this number 1-833-838-2323 and tell them you are pregnant. You will then receive an invitation to get the vaccine from the registry.


COVID-19 VACCINE IN PREGNANCY INFORMATIONAL RESOURCE: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COV…

PREGNANCY INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19: https://parlab.med.ubc.ca/1338-2/

Self-Assess for COVID-19 and download the app here: https://covid19.thrive.health/

All updates on this page have been sent as clinic-wide emails to clients of the clinic. If you have not received an email, please check your spam folder or your featured tab menu in your email account as often these automatically get sorted by your email provider.

The SOUTH Update

Be calm, be kind, be safe.
~Dr. Bonnie Henry

Q1 - WINTER EDITION 2021

BIG NEWS:

SOUTH HILL HAS A NEW ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM - GO TO OUR WEBSITE TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

We hope this new system will be easier to navigate. It will also make virtual appointments easier!

  1. COVID-19 Updates
  2. COVID-19 & Vaccines in Pregnancy
  3. COVID-19 British Columbia Dashboard
  4. Anti-Racism Committee
  5. Parenting Workshops @ South
  6. Counselling Appointments
  7. South Hill Health Updates
  8. South Community Birth Updates

**Masks are mandatory at all times while you are in the clinic**

1. COVID-19 Update

On March 8th, the regional call centres opened for B.C.’s public immunization clinics so that members of the general population can register for a COVID-19 vaccine as they become eligible. Registration for the public clinics will generally be age-based. Individuals will be able to register for appointments within the window assigned to their age cohort or specific population.

Registration for Public Immunization Clinics:

  • The call centre numbers and clinic locations for the regional health authorities’ public immunization clinics have now been publicly posted.
  • At this point, only those eligible according to their age-based cohort or specific population can register for the public immunization clinics. Family members or those who provide trusted support can call in to register eligible seniors for their vaccine appointment.
  • As of today, only residents 90 years of age and older, Indigenous peoples 65 years of age and older and Elders may call to make their appointments.

Click on the link below for the breakdown of which age cohorts are eligible to call on which dates in March:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/seniors

Click on the link below to view B.C.’s immunization plan:

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/bcs-plan-for-vaccine-distribution

2. COVID-19 & Vaccines in Pregnancy

In a study released February 25, 2021, the RID Program reported increased rates of hospitalizations and ICU admissions among those pregnant diagnosed with COVID-19. While there is insufficient evidence to 100% confirm the safety of the COVID vaccination in pregnancy, given that pregnant people exhibit greater susceptibility to illness from respiratory infections, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada recommends that those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered vaccinations at any time if they are eligible and no contraindications exist. We will be keeping you updated as information evolves.

Click on the link below to access the RID Program report:

https://med-fom-ridprogram.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2021/02/CANCOVID_Preg-report-3-ON-BC-AB-QC-MB-_25Feb2021_Final.pdf

Click on the link below to access the SOGC report:

https://sogc.org/common/Uploaded%20files/Latest%20News/SOGC_Statement_COVID-19_Vaccination_in_Pregnancy.pdf

3. COVID-19 Dashboard

Click for the British Columbia COVID-19 Dashboard. This will show a breakdown of COVID-19 in each health authority region of British Columbia and can be a handy visual resource to check active and recovered cases.

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/a6f23959a8b14bfa989e3cda29297ded

4. Anti-Racism Commitee Update

The SCBP anti-racism committee continues to meet to analyze our current practices and develop a plan for an actively anti-racist and anti-oppressive clinic.

In 2020, SCBP care providers and doulas attended anti-racism workshops led by the Health Equity and Anti-Racism Training (HEART) Collaborative and the Nesting Doula Collective, and we are exploring opportunities for continued engagement in 2021.

We see the links between systemic racism and lived experiences of trauma, and we know the healthcare system can perpetuate oppression and marginalization. With this in mind, we are compiling a list of trauma-informed care resources to guide our clinical practice at SCBP.

In the year ahead, we intend to explore how to best track our efforts and stay accountable to the communities we serve. We welcome your feedback.

Click for our anti-racism resources

On behalf of the South Clinic Anti-Racism Committee

Heba Al-Nashef, RM; Preveena Dharmaraj, MD: Rebecca Dickinson (on leave), RM; Kiran Nayar, MD; Tobi Reid, RM

5. Parenting Workshops


We welcome anyone from South Community Birth and South Hill to enroll in one of our many free virtual parenting classes or workshops. You can always find the most recent class dates by visiting our websites events page. To enroll, please email us at southevents@hush.com and include your full name and care card number.

Baby Care Basics 1-6 months
This virtual session welcomes families with babies between the ages of 1 to 6 months for an informal and collaborative educational session about baby care including; baby (and parent) sleeping, introducing solids, tender baby skin care and safety in the home. This is a one-time only 1.5 hour educational session.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 15 families/babies per session. To register please please call South Hill Clinic (604-428-8878) or send an email with your name and the Subject Line: Baby Basics to: southevents@hush.com


The next session will be held on:
Friday, March 19th: 2:00 - 3:30 PM - FREE**

This group is facilitated via Zoom (secure video) by Dr. Stephanie Stacey. All patients at South Hill and SCBP are welcome to attend.

Baby Care Basics 6-12 months
This virtual session welcomes families with babies between the ages of 6 months to 1 year for an informal and collaborative educational session about baby care including; sleep and safety tips for the child on the move; review of solids and food progression, breastfeeding & weaning, baby’s developmental milestones.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 15 families/babies per session. To register please call South Hill Clinic (604-428-8878) or send an email with your name and the Subject Line: Baby Basics to: southevents@hush.com.

The next session will be held on:
Thursday, March 25th: 2:00 - 3:30 pm - FREE**

This group is facilitated via Zoom (secure video) with Dr. Maralyn Hope. All patients at South Hill and SCBP are welcome to attend.

Motherlode: Pathways Forward for New Mothers - on Zoom

Back by popular demand! This group is for those who identify as a mother and are struggling with any form of depression, anxiety, or being overwhelmed in the postpartum period (baby or toddler up to 3 years of age). The group runs once a week for 6 weeks and covers information on diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments of depression, anxiety & just simply feeling overwhelmed. Self-care is an important focus that is woven into the 6-week course with specific sessions on nutrition, exercise, sleep, time for yourself, and gathering support. We review goal setting together each week, specific to your self-care and well-being.


The next group runs on Wednesdays for 6 weeks starting:

Wednesday, March 24th to April 29th: 2:00pm to 3:30 pm - FREE**

For the continuity and cohesiveness of the group, it is important that you commit to attending all six sessions. This is not a drop-in group.

Participation is limited and fills up quickly! If you are interested but are not accepted into this group, we will add your name to a waitlist for the next session. These groups are run ongoing throughout the year.

If you are interested, please send an email with your name, preferred email address, and the names and ages of your children to southevents@hush.com. In order to be eligible, you need to be able to converse and read English and have an active care card.

This group is facilitated via Zoom (secure video) by Dr. Maralyn Hope. All patients at South Hill and SCBP are welcome to attend.


Motherlode Prenatal - Pathways for dealing with anxiety in pregnancy

South Community Birth Program is excited to again offer The Motherlode Prenatal program for those who identify as a mother-to-be. We know that becoming a mother is a journey that isn’t always easy. Challenges from our own childhoods and stresses from the modern world can make becoming a mom seem distant, scary, or hard to imagine. In the groups, we will use tools such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, breathing exercises, group discussion, and small homework assignments to try and reduce anxiety and stress around becoming a new mom. We have learned that just getting those who are pregnant together to discuss issues and concerns around pregnancy can be very helpful. Come explore the work of becoming a mom in a safe and supportive group. We ask that you plan to attend all 6 sessions, as there are activities within the group from week-to-week.

Motherlode Prenatal Group series are held weekly either on Monday (group 1) or Thursdays (group 2) on Zoom or outdoors.

Next sessions start:

Group 1: April 5 to May 17 , from 5pm to 6:30pm *FREE

Group 2: April 8 to May 20, from 5pm to 6:30pm *FREE

The group is open to 10 pregnant participants at SCBP who have an estimated due date after June 1, 2021.

The groups are expertly led by Lori Wolfe, our Nurse Practitioner.

If you are interested, please send an email with your full name to office@scbp.ca.
Circle of Security Parenting Group - on Zoom

Circle of security parenting is an evidence-based relationship-building program based on attachment theory. The group runs for a total of 9 weeks and focuses on understanding a childs’ emotional needs, building relationships between caregivers and children, and raising secure children. This group is for parents and caregivers of children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Participants must commit to all 9 sessions. This group runs between Monday evenings for two hours, facilitated virtually via Zoom (secure video).

DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, WE ARE TAKING A WAITLIST

If you have not previously expressed interest in Circle of Security, please email us at southevents@hush.com and we will add your name to our current waitlist. These groups are run ongoing throughout the year.

Don’t forget to include your full legal name, preferred email address, and the names and ages of your children. In order to be eligible, you need to be able to converse and read English and have an active care card. This group is free.

The groups are expertly led by Pamal Deol, our Nurse Practitioner.

Postpartum Drop-in Zoom Groups - Every Wednesday from 12pm to 2:00pm

THESE DROP-IN ZOOM GROUPS ARE NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE -
TELL YOUR FRIENDS & OTHER NEW PARENTS THEY ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US!


We continue to meet every Wednesday between 12-2. Guest speakers will be there to teach you something new, answer your questions and, along with Alison & Chelsea, help facilitate the sharing of your own knowledge. Check out the schedule on the SCBP website under “Workshops” where you will also find the link to the zoom meeting. Spread the word to your CP groupies & postpartum friends in general!

You do not need to register to attend these drop-ins, as the zoom link is posted every Tuesday night and shared on our website page and facebook pages.

March 17: An Introduction to Cloth Diapering - How to get started! (with our very own, Chelsea Reed, Baby Planner)

March 24: Introduction to Car Seat Safety (Janna Bakla, CPST-I)

March 31: Easing back into Fitness (Fit4Two’s Melanie Osmack)

April 7: Babywearing 101: Benefits, Safety and Options (Babywearing Educator Karla Castro)

April 14: Topic TBD (Clinical Counsellor Danielle Schroeder, MA, RCC)

April 21: How to save your back and your energy, mom version! (Dr Natasha Smith, Chiropractor)

Click for drop-in schedule!

6. REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELOR

Danielle Schroeder (Registered Clinical Counsellor, MA, RCC)

Danielle is continuing to provide virtual appointments and also meeting with patients in the clinic, acknowledging that human connection, in person, can also be therapeutic. She has virtual or in-person appointments available on:

Tuesdays between 9am and 5pm

Thursdays between 3pm and 8pm

Fridays between 9:30am and 5:30pm

Other days and times can be made by special arrangement.

For more information or to book an appointment please email Danielle at:

yellaschroeder@gmail.com

7. South Hill Updates

OUR CONTACT INFORMATION HAS CHANGED
Our email address has changed to southoffice@hush.com. Please update your browser tabs, bookmarks and records. Any emails that have been sent to our previous address (since October 2020) have not been received and will not be retrieved by our team.
BOOKING APPOINTMENTS

Our clinic is updating some of our workflows and we are asking all patients to please no longer leave voicemails to book appointments and instead use our new online booking system. This will help free up our phone lines for urgent matters. If you need to book a same day urgent appointment or are unable to use our online booking system, please email our admin team at southoffice@hush.com for appointments available. We will be able to get back to you faster this way, instead of calling.

PHONE LINE HOURS

10am - 12pm OPEN
and
2pm - 4pm OPEN

BOOKING SAME DAY URGENT APPOINTMENTS

To book a same-day urgent appointment please visit our online booking system where you can select your own doctor if they are available and times that are open. These appointments are booked on a first-come / first serve basis.

You can also send us an email. Write in the subject of your email: SAME DAY URGENT. Please email us the patient’s name and reason for coming in. You must be flexible with the appointment time. If you email us, please note that we will be emailing you back with an appointment and it will be considered confirmed. WE WILL NOT BE CALLING YOU. The cancellation policy will still apply if you subsequently cancel this same day appointment.

These are quick appointments for one urgent concern only. You cannot book for ongoing care concerns that are not urgent.

CANCELLING APPOINTMENTS

To avoid cancellation fees, we kindly ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment that you provide our clinic with 24 hours notice. This allows us to help patients who may be on a waitlist to see the doctor and keep our clinic running on time.

Fastest way to cancel an appointment:

Option 1) If you booked your appointment online, you may log-in and cancel your appointment

Option 2) Go to our contact page on our website here and select: Reason for contact - Appointment Cancellation. Then use our online booking page to make your next appointment

Option 3) Email us directly at southoffice@hush.com. Subject Line: Appointment Cancellation
KEEPING YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION UP TO DATE

Please make sure if you move or change your phone number or email address that you let the clinic know. If you have family members in the same household also registered at South, please provide their names, so we can update their charts at the same time. Please note, if you have ever unsubscribed from our newsletters in the past, you will not receive automated appointment reminders for appointments. The systems are linked.

If you would like to receive a text reminder for your appointment, make sure you give us your cell number.

If your Health Care Card number status or number changes, please let us know ASAP to avoid receiving an invoice for your medical appointment. Medical Services Plan must be active to avoid incurring private pay invoices.
PAYING FOR MISSED APPOINTMENTS

We are following up and doing some spring cleaning on any outstanding appointment fees. If you have an outstanding balance, we will be emailing you an invoice. Please pay this before booking your next appointment.

How to pay:

  • In-clinic by Cash, Credit or Debit card
  • Send a Cheque to South Hill at Unit #200 -1193 Kingsway, Vancouver BC V5V 3C9
  • Interac e-transfer - please email us for instructions first

If you need to discuss a payment plan, you may discuss with your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner or send us an email to make a payment arrangement.

CHILDREN’S VACCINE CLINICS

If you’re new to our clinic and booking your newborns first set of vaccines and check up, please email or call the clinic so our receptionists can make sure we have your newborns most up to date chart and contact information. For anyone booking their child’s next vaccine appointment, you may book in for the phone consultation through our online booking system.

PLEASE BRING YOUR BABY’S HEALTH CARE CARD OR NUMBER TO YOUR FIRST VISIT AND THEIR NAME AS IT WILL APPEAR ON THEIR HEALTH CARE CARD.

During the pandemic, well baby visits will be done in two separate appointments. Our goal is to have you and your baby in-and-out of the clinic in 15 minutes!

Appointment Part #1: Phone consultation with the medical provider to discuss concerns and answer questions about the vaccinations which will be received. Your medical provider will then book you in for an in-person appointment during one of the vaccine clinic days.

Appointment Part #2: In-person appointment for vaccines and quick check up.

*If you are choosing to complete an alternative vaccine plan, we ask that you book these appointments with your nearest public health unit.

PRESCRIPTION REFILLS

We know that life gets busy however, it is extremely helpful if you can be proactive when it comes to managing your prescription needs. If you see you are more than halfway through your prescriptions and you have no remaining repeats on file with your pharmacy it’s time to book an appointment for a refill! Please book online here: www.southhillhealth.com

We have workflows in place to prevent medication errors. This includes having your prescriptions renewed by the Doctor that prescribed them and a phone appointment to ensure you do not have any new health issues that might change your prescription.

Prescription refills will not be called into the pharmacy, you must book an appointment.

If you are extremely low, the doctor of the day may be able to bridge you for a few days but an appointment still needs to be made.

PATIENTS WAITING TO BE RE-ASSIGNED
We understand that there are patients who have been patiently waiting to be assigned to a permanent nurse practitioner or doctor, as their previous provider has moved away. We are working at finding a permanent provider for you however, due to a province wide doctor shortage, it continues to be an ongoing search. In the meantime, we have locum (substitute) doctors who would be happy to take care of you. If you visit a walk-in clinic or hospital and they ask who your doctor is, please tell them you are a patient at South Hill Health Centre. Your labs will be assigned to a locum doctor to review.
LOCUM COVERAGE
Dr. Gabrielle Rabu is covering for Dr. Danielle Chard (on maternity leave).

Dr. Evelyn Yeung will cover Dr. Nicole Thong (on maternity leave) from March - July 2021 and Dr. Alex Rice will cover from July - April 2022.

8. South Community Birth Program Updates

2021 is off to an exciting start with lots of babies born and many on the way! We know you have questions and are navigating pregnancy through the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenging time. Rest assured our team is working hard to help you along the way to keep this time of transition as smooth as possible.

See heading 2 for Covid-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy.

Please read the following information below so you can be informed of our most recent updates.

PRENATAL APPOINTMENTS

All necessary lab requisitions and relevant educational materials will be emailed to you. Your care provider will be booking your follow-up appointment details after every appointment. Please make sure you ALWAYS have an appointment booked with us. There should never be a time where you don’t have an appointment.

For Prenatal Care, First visit - up to 12 wks -this will be done by phone or video. All relevant testing will be ordered. We will see you for in person visits at approximately: 16 wks; 22 wks; 28 wks; 32 wks; 35 wks; 37 wks; 39 wks; and 40 wks (then weekly or more frequent as needed).

Some pregnant people may need fewer in-person visits, while others with complications will require more.

We ask your partner or support person to NOT come up and to please wait in the car. We are happy to do the physical exam while your chosen partner is on the phone or video chat. Keeping face-to-face encounters less than 15 min helps to reduce transmission.

**Masks are mandatory at all times while you are in the clinic**

POSTPARTUM APPOINTMENTS

All of your in-clinic postpartum care takes place in our Connecting West group room. We have created three offices for our nurses and have moved all PP resources into this one space. Seating is arranged to create social distancing. We strive to keep our clinic green - please use only one receiving blanket to change and weigh your baby then deposit into the laundry basket.

Visits will be alternating with virtual and in-person clinic visits. Your nurse will plan these appointments with you. For Postpartum Care, our hospital visits are done on day 1 and/or 2. We are continuing with a modified schedule for postpartum care, individually tailored to your needs. Your partner may attend the first days of PP care in-clinic visits. Once you are 2 weeks postpartum, partners are asked to attend the visit by phone or video.

The schedule approximately is:

If it is your first baby:

>In hospital or clinic day 1 and 3

>Video or phone call: day 5

>Video or phone call: day 8 or 9

>In clinic 2wk

>Video or phone call: at 4wk

>In clinic for discharge at 6 wks

If it is your second or more baby:

>In hospital or clinic day 1 and 3

>Video or phone call: day 5

>Video or phone call: day 8 or 9

>Video or phone call: day 14 or 15

>In clinic at 3wk

>In clinic for discharge at 6 wks

We know that getting out the door with a newborn can be challenging, however it is very important you arrive on time for appointments to complete measurements of your baby. This is imperative for the nurse to provide a proper check up and to remain on time for the day. If you are late, your 45 minute appointment will need to be shortened. If you are more than 20 minutes late, we will need to reschedule you.

Stay healthy and safe,

Lee Saxell (she/her), RM, MA

(Co-Director) on behalf of the South Community Birth Program Team

Rita McCracken (she/her), MD, PhD

(Interim Medical Director) on behalf of the South Hill Health Centre Team

We acknowledge that our clinics operate on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

If you are experiencing an emergency, such as problems breathing, please call 911.
If you have health concerns, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1

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