During the COVID-19 pandemic period, the VGH Hematology Clinic will be providing essential services only, in accordance with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) policies and directives from the Provincial Health Officer.
Until further notice, the clinic will only be open for urgent hematological consults that require in-person assessment. All non-urgent consultations, including those already booked, will be triaged for video appointments or, if appropriate, in-person assessments when clinic operations return to normal. All previously scheduled follow-up appointments will also be conducted over the phone or through video conferencing, unless in-person assessment is absolutely required. Your hematologist will be making these decisions and patients will be contacted.
For our patients receiving treatments in the VGH Hematology Daycare or Medical Infusion Clinic, similar restrictions to non-essential services also apply BUT treatments will only be deferred in consultation with your Hematologist. Chemotherapy and blood/blood product transfusion are essential services but in some cases, your Hematologist might consider alternative treatments that do not require hospital visits.
The VGH Hematology Clinic remains committed to providing necessary patient care during this challenging period. It is also committed to reducing the potential transmission of all infectious illnesses to safeguard our patients, our staff and the people of British Columbia. Please help us by following appropriate instructions when you arrive at the clinic and exercising good hand hygiene and social distancing.
If you have any questions about COVID-19, we recommend that you check for the latest information on the BC Centre for Disease Control website at www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19 or check the VCH website at www.VCH.ca/COVID19
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please take care and stay safe.
The VGH Hematology Clinic