South End Tour
Information for prospective learners, locums and new recruits
As a learner, a locum or a new recruit, you will join a multidisciplinary team of physicians and allied health professionals to provide a full spectrum family medicine service, including low-risk obstetrics and emergency care to a community of about 2500.
The Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay – Haida Gwaii Hospital is a 16 bed hospital comprising of 8 acute care beds and 8 long term care beds; the emergency room is covered by physicians in 24 hour shifts (1:4 call); residents are expected to take first call for 1 weekend a month and up to 4 weekdays a month; medical and nurse practitioner students do call on an elective basis.
The Haida Gwaii Health Centre serves the communities of Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte, HlGaagilda Skidegate, Sandspit and Tlell. We currently use MOIS as our EMR. For an orientation package to MOIS, please click here.
Physicians run weekly outreach clinics in Sandspit (Tuesdays) and HlGaagilda Skidegate (Thursdays). In collaboration with the public health nurse, two of the Family Medicine practices also offer a regular drop-in clinic at the local high school.
Continuing Medical Education
We have weekly, multidisciplinary teaching rounds (including regular M&M rounds) every Friday, from 12-1pm. A light lunch is provided. Residents/students are expected to attend, and present at least once during their rotation. Please consult the Events Calendar to view upcoming CME offerings.
We encourage prospective learners and locums to complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training prior to working on Haida Gwaii.
Flights are by Air Canada from Vancouver (YVR) to Sandspit (YZP), and from there one gets an airport shuttle (Eagle Transit, 1-877-747-4461 or 250-559-4461, prebook your spot the day before), which will drop you off at the Haida Gwaii Hospital for a fee of about $30 (the fee includes a one-way 20 minute ferry ride). You should arrive at the hospital shortly after 4pm. You will find your welcome package (infoi/directions/keys to accomodations and/or vehicle) at the nurses desk.
There are daily, competitively-priced flights offered by Pacific Coastal from Vancouver to Masset, a community 120km north of Queen Charlotte. One would need to plan ahead to rent a car in Masset, or arrange for a ride down to Queen Charlotte.
BC Ferries serves the islands on a six-hour trip from Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing which is about 10 minutes away from Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte. The ferry only comes 2 times a week (more often in the summer). One can get to Prince Rupert from Vancouver area by either driving 18 hours up through the interior of BC, passing through Prince George, or by driving up Vancouver Island to Port Hardy and getting a 17-hour (or more) ferry up the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert. Either route usually involves a sleepover en route so one has about 3 days of travel. Go to the BC Ferries website for reservations and Northern route schedules.
Accommodations for learners are supplied free of charge by Northern Health, at a walking distance from the clinic and hospital. The hospital administrative assistant manages this and will be in touch with you to make arrangements. Locums must book their own accommodations and will be reimbursed either through the Rural GP Locum Program or by the physician who is subcontracting them.
Fun & Games
SOCIAL – The Go Haida Gwaii website is a great place to start. Local newspapers (Haida Gwaii Observer and Haida Gwaii Trader ) are good ways to keep your finger on the pulse of our community. Check out also the Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre. Favourite coffee and lunch hang-outs include Jag’s & Queen B’s & Junebug’s & Kay Bistro. Got talent? Strut your stuff at the Open Mic of the monthly Haida Gwaii Coffeehouse (September to April). If you are lucky enough to be around during the long, bright days of August, you won’t want to miss the Edge of the World Music Festival.
FOOD – There are three main food stores: City Centre Stores and the Skidegate Co-op get their goods on Mondays, while Isabel Creek (organic + local foods), stocks up on Fridays – if the weather is good and the ferry is running that is, so get your milk and bread early while you can! There is also a Saturday Market near the Community Centre during the nice weather months.
DRESS CODE – We are pretty casual in wear around here – no ties etc., just comfortable, neat, clean. No white coats unless you find them useful. Rain gear, even in July, is a good idea. Even in summer, a good fleece & warm clothing is often useful, as well as decent hiking/kayaking apparel/wet suit.
PHONES & INTERNET – WIFI is available in your provided accommodations (but there may be restrictions on bandwidth or data downloads), and there is a good connection at your work place.