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COVID-19
BCCDC Testing Guidelines

(Updated December 22)

The BCCDC has updated testing guidelines to reflect priority symptoms. People experiencing the following symptoms should seek a COVID-19 test right away:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough (Either new onset or worsening/exacerbation of chronic cough)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Difficulty breathing

People experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (not related to any other pre-existing conditions) for more than 24 hours should also seek a COVID-19 test:

  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

For those who have had close contact with a COVID-19 case, and have even a single symptom included above, testing is recommended.

To arrange a COVID-19 test, please:

STEP 1)

• Call the Northern Health COVID-19 Hotline for screening.
Northern Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-645-7811

OR

• Book a telephone appointment with a Provider at the Omineca Medical Clinic at 250-567-2201.

STEP 2) If the Hotline staff or the Omineca Medical Clinic Physician recommend that you need testing, your requisition form will be sent directly to St. John Hospital.

The Hotline staff will also instruct you on how your results will be available after testing.

STEP 3) Staff from St. John Hospital will call you to set-up a time for your swab and explain the process to get your swab. Do not show up at the hospital unannounced – you must have arranged for a designated time to be swabbed.

STEP 4) Follow the directions provided by the St. John Hospital staff and get tested at your scheduled time/location etc.

» Please go to our COVID-19 page for more information and links related to the Coronavirus and medical care in Vanderhoof.

 

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The Omineca Medical Clinic has been proudly serving the health care needs of Vanderhoof and the surrounding area for over 50 years. Since opening our doors in 1969, the Omineca Medical Clinic has been dedicated to providing timely, professional, and expert care for patients. As a full service Family Practice, our medical team is committed to helping patients achieve optimal health and wellness. 

We offer a full range of health care services to our patients including the management of acute and chronic illnesses for people of all ages, preventative medicine, prenatal and newborn care, minor office procedures, and group medical appointments. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns.


PAP Clinics

We are offering pap only clinics on a regular basis in an effort to improve accessibility for patients. The pap clinics are staffed by female Doctors and are intended for pap tests only. Patients who are due for testing will receive an automated reminder phone call. The BC Cancer Cervix Screening Program will also be mailing out reminders. Please call our office to book an appointment at (250) 567-2201. Patients will be screened for COVID symptoms prior to entering the clinic. If you are feeling unwell, please cancel and rebook.

Pap Clinics
Saturday, March 20th – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Dr. N. Ebert)
Saturday, April 10 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Dr. Jun Lee)
Tuesday, April 13 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Esther Ho, NP)
Saturday, May 1 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Dr. Jun Lee)

COVID-19 Vaccine News

MAR 18 - Northern Health is distributing the vaccine in accordance with the priority vaccine groups as recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Please refer to the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Plan website for more information on the immunization scheudule.

All COVID-19 vaccines will be free to everyone in British Columbia. Visit the BC COVID-19 Immunization Plan website for other information about the overall BC-wide plan.

In the meantime, please continue to do all that you can to prevent the spread of the virus and to keep you and your loved ones safe. This includes wearing a mask when you are out, limiting your contacts to those living in your household, and washing your hands frequently. These activities will continue to be important for some time to come.

Virtual Care Appointments - Using Zoom

Many of our Providers are now routinely offering the option of virtual care appointments using a medically secure version of Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based internet platform that allows people to connect through video and audio conferencing. Zoom virtual care appointments are a great option for medical issues that do not require an in-person office visit. If your Provider feels that you need an in-person follow up, we will assist you in scheduling an office appointment.

To book a Zoom appointment you must contact our office at (250) 567-2201. These appointments must be booked in advance. Please check out our virtual care webpage for further details.

About COVID-19

DECEMBER 2020 - As the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to climb in the province and our region over the past several months, it is more important than ever to continue with the steps to prevent the spread of the virus in our communities such as wearing masks when out in public spaces, limiting contacts to our immediate household members, and frequent handwashing. We must all remain vigilant to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 in our region.

Our COVID-19 safety plan allows us to offer some in-person office appointments but we are following strict protocols as recommended by the BCCDC, Worksafe BC, and the Provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. These guidelines and policies have been implemented to ensure the safety of all patients, our Providers, and our staff.

We want to make sure you get the care you need

  • We continue to utilize telephone or virtual appointments, as clinically appropriate, whenever possible. However, we are starting to book a few more in-person visits such as Driver’s medicals and paps. Each day, we are limiting the number of patients that can be seen in-person at any one time to ensure safe physical distancing within the office.
  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of all areas within the office and have designated cleaning personnel to look after this work.
  • Our front doors will be locked at all times and patients must ring the doorbell for entry into the building. Patients will be screened for COVID-like symptoms and are expected to wear a medical grade face mask in the office, as well as, use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the building. Cloth face masks are no longer permitted. We will provide all patients with a disposable medical grade face mask as needed.
  • Most Prenatal appointments are still being scheduled in the office between 8:00–10:00 am. You will receive a hand-out outlining the changes at the hospital during your prenatal appointment.
  • Please call us ahead to discuss your healthcare needs: 250-567-2201. Your Doctor will talk with you to decide the most appropriate type of appointment for you.
  • These guidelines are subject to change. Please check our website frequently for updates.

» Please go to our COVID-19 page for more information and links related to the Coronavirus and medical care in Vanderhoof.

Medications

To avoid running out of your regular medications and interrupting your treatment, we ask for your cooperation in keeping track of your prescriptions.

  • Please book an office appointment 6 – 8 weeks before you need to renew your prescriptions.
  • Keep track on the calendar when the Pharmacist tells you the status of your refills.

Plan ahead for holidays – check with the Pharmacist for the availability of refills and book an office appointment if necessary.

Endoscopy Scope Video

Patients who have been referred to have a colonoscopy or gastroscopy must view this informational video. Please click here to view the video.