On Island Cancer Care Returning To Haida Gwaii

The healthcare teams of Haida Gwaii are incredibly pleased to announce that intravenous cancer treatment (chemotherapy) will be resumed on Haida Gwaii starting on October 28th, 2019. This is very exciting news as patients will no longer need to travel off-island for these important treatments.

Thanks to everyone for being so patient with this disruption to care while steps were taken to bring chemotherapy services back on island.

Your cancer care team is looking forward to providing this critical service so close to home going forward.

Hospital Day

This is the 111th annual Hospital Day held at the Queen Charlotte Community Hall starting with a pancake breakfast at the hall cooked up by the QC Volunteer Firefighters, then the parade rolling from the hospital at 10:30 a.m. Food and Game booths open at 11:00 a.m. and baseball starts on the field at 1:00 p.m. This is the event of the year in Queen Charlotte and everyone in the community and many people from across the islands participate in the fair-like atmosphere. Our theme this year is Fun in the Sun so slather on the sun screen and come on down and help raise funds for our Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre. Proceeds this year will go towards student bursaries, the Long Term Care Unit, and the Adult Clubhouse events.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dang Gwa ‘Laa? A Healthcare Celebration

Come join us to celebrate the innovative ways that healthcare is provided on Haida Gwaii! This is a free event and open to everyone, located at the upper and lower Lobby of the Haida Gwaii Hospital. There will be cooking demos, guest speakers, local food vendors, local healthcare providers, and allied healthcare professionals.

Date: May 4, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Text Messaging with your Health Care Team

In April 2017, the clinic at Haida Gwaii Hospital (HGH) launched text-messaging communication where enrolled patients have the ability to communicate health care needs with the care team at the hospital. Currently, about 110 patients are using the service and most find it useful. Some use it to request appointment booking, some to request renewal of medications, some to share results. In the first 16 months of use, we dealt with nearly 1000 care conversations, many of which were successful at preventing a phone call to reception or a visit to the clinic. 

The system we use is called Weltel, a web-based texting platform that organizes and archives text conversations. We are looking at ways of up-scaling use so that we are able to offer it to more people served by HGH, and we are sharing our experience of using this program elsewhere. There are countries in Africa where people have been receiving text-messaging based care for many years. It is ironic that Canada and the US have yet to use this form of communication. Who knows? One day, we might be routinely supporting health care with text-messaging and catch up with Kenya and Rwanda!

For more information about this project, please contact Alissa MacMullin, the project coordinator at pacificchiton@gmail.com or Dr Tracy Morton @ 250-559-4901.