Hospitals

Information on the various training sites in BC

Residents work across the province in a variety of sites to provide care to British Columbians and skills and experience for independent practice. Below is information compiled by your fellow residents on some of the sites they have worked. If you have anything to add to these sections, or have a site to add, please let us know.

  • BCCH/BCWH
  • RCH
  • RGH
  • RJH
  • SMH
  • SPH
  • VanGH
  • VicGH

BCCH and BCWH are located at 4480 and 4500 Oak Street, respectively. As BCWH and BCCH are currently under construction you will be directed once on site to where you can obtain an id and where the admin contact is located. A map is available here.

Transportation

Parking

Paid:

Parking is available around the hospital, however, you must be careful to read the signs closely. Many staff members have been towed and ticketed.

If you opt to park onsite you can pay staff rates (as of Oct 2015) approx 6$ 12 hours, 10$ 24 hours), just ensure you park in staff/visitor parking. Stalls specific to “patients” will not accept staff rates.

You can acquire a global parking pass at Parking Services as of 2013 this was in the “Chest Building” at VGH. The fee is $40.

Bikes:

There is a bike locker. You must report to the admitting/information desk in women’s and they will give you a key to the locker for a small fee (~$20 as of Oct 2015)

Public Transit

There are several buses that come by see translink for full details

Intra-Hospital Shuttle

There is an intra-hospital shuttle available, details can be found on any hospital computer.

Key Locations

Resident Lounge/Call rooms

  • 4th Floor Shaunessy building – you need card access
  • Pediatrics have a different call area

Computers

Study area in the 4th floor of the women’s health building

Food

In-Hospital:

BCWH:

  • Tim Hortons
  • Cafeteria (they are not open late, exact hours unknown)

BCCH:

  • Second Cup in the main area
  • Starbucks in the ambulatory care building

Out of Hospital

The closest food is at 25th and Oak where there is a small collection of restaurants and a Safeway.

Resident Tips

There are VERY limited food options late at night so it’s important to pack a good selection or you will be eating from the vending machine.

If you need help you can call locating, just pick up the phone and call zero.

The current way BCWH is organized is as follows:

  • First floor
    • Ultrasound
    • Outpatient clinic area
    • Admitting
    • Triage
    • Labour and Delivery
    • ORs
  • Second floor
    • Cedar – single room maternity for healthy labouring women that are anticipated to have an uncomplicated delivery, they room there until discharge
    • Postpartum wards – Balsam, Arbutus, Dogwood
    • Antepartum ward – Evergreen
    • Fir Square – A combined care unit for women who use substances and their newborns
  • Women’s Health Center
    • Includes outpatient clinics
    • Research wards

Royal Columbian Hospital is located at 330 East Columbia Street in New Westminster. A map is available here. The administrative contact for the Medical Education office is Anna Esposito.

Transportation

Parking

Paid:

Daily parking is available in a lot on Keary Street for $5.25 per day. To apply for monthly parking, complete this form. Monthly parking is $45. You can also park in STAFF parking lots at Fraser Health Sites, including RCH.

Free:

There are 2-hour parking spots located around the hospital (map) in the more residential areas. A good place to look is on the streets directly above the hospital between East Columbia and Richmond streets.

Bikes:

Bikes can be stored either outside the Emergency Department or in the underground parking lot off Keary Street.

Public Transit

Sapperton Skytrain station is less than a block from the hospital. There are also numerous bus routes in the area (the closest being the 155, 128 and C9). Use the TransLink Trip Planner to assist you in selecting a route.

Intra-Hospital Shuttle

None at this site.

Food

In-Hospital

Need to grab a quick snack or drink? Try these in-hospital locations.

  • Resident Lounge (Free snacks are provided – cheese, bagels, bread etc.)
  • Cafeteria in Basement
  • Tim Hortons in Basement
  • Starbucks in Main Lobby

Out-of-Hospital

Sapperton is an up-and-coming area in New Westminster with many nearby options to satisfy your hunger.

  • Bluefin Sushi (319 East Columbia St)
  • Fresh Slice Pizza (417 East Columbia St)
  • Subway (323 East Columbia St)
  • Save-on-Foods (270 East Columbia St)
  • Gino’s Restaurant (431 East Columbia St)
  • Chan’s Garden (441 East Columbia St)
  • Thai New West (424 East Columbia St)
  • Browns Socialhouse (296 East Columbia St)

Key Locations

Resident Lounge

Medical Education is located in the Basement of the Health Care Centre (see directions). It has an exercise space, TV, games, computers and call rooms.

Computers

Computers can be accessed in the following locations:

  • Resident lounges
  • Call rooms
  • Health Records (located on the main floor of the Health Care Centre)
  • Library (Security/ID Card will provide you 24/7 access)

There also computers in some of the wards, but the above locations are preferred by residents.

Dictation Spaces

Residents are reminded to be conscientious of patient confidentiality when dictating. Dictations can be completed in Resident Lounges and Call Rooms.

Resident Tips

  • Computer access will be arranged by RCH admin
  • UBC Wifi is available with your CWL login
  • Lockers are available at RCH, but you will need to bring your own lock
  • Showers are located in the resident lounge
  • Make sure to check out the FHA intranet (click on coffee break tab) to see see what discounts are available to you!

Richmond General Hospital is located at 7000 Westminster Highway. The admin contact is Caroline D’Sa, her office is in the ground floor rotunda and she provides parking passes. A map of the hospital is available here (last page).

Transportation

Parking

Paid:

Residents can get the staff parking rate ($4.50/day) in the parkade

The Doctor’s parking lot is reserved for staff physicians

Free:

There is free street parking along Azure Road, usually a 5 minute walk from the hospital.

Bikes:

The bike cage is inside the parkade, with the entrance off Gilbert Road. It requires card access. Showers care shared with the cardiac clinic.

Public Transit

407 bus stops outside the hospital

Canada Line to Brighouse, then a 10 minute walk to the hospital

Intra-Hospital Shuttle

None at this site

Key Locations

Resident Lounge

  • 3 call rooms in rotunda, lockers outside
  • 2 call rooms on 4 Yellow Zone (4332)
  • New medial education center located outside doors by call rooms

Computers

Computers are in the library on the ground floor (open 8am – 4pm).

Dictation Spaces

Residents are reminded to be conscientious of patient confidentiality when dictating. There is no dedicated dictation area, you can use any house phone.

Food

In-Hospital:

Cafeteria on 2nd floor, yellow zone

Monday to Friday       7:30am – 7:00pm

  • Hot Breakfast 7:30am – 10:30am
  • Hot Lunch 11:30am – 2:00pm
  • Hot Dinner 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Weekends & Stats     8:30am – 7:00pm

  • Hot Breakfast 8:30am – 10:30am
  • Hot Lunch 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Hot Dinner 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Starbucks in main atrium

  • Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 1 am – 5 pm
  • Closed Stat Holidays

Out of Hospital

Richmond Centre is a ten minute walk away with many restaurants and a food court

There are also a number of restaurants on No. 3 Road

Resident Tips

  • Use PCIS

Richmond Jubilee Hospital is located at 1952 Bay Street. A map is available here.

Transportation

Parking

Paid:

Street meters: $0.25 for 10 minutes

Parking meters: $2.75 for 2 hours

Parkade: $2.25 for first hour, each additional hr $1.25, Maximum Daily rate: $16.00

Weekly Permits: $26.75 (purchase at parking machines)

Temporary parking for RJH and VGH employees for $85/month

Parking Pass is available at the VGH parking office near the cafeteria entrance.

Bikes:

Bike parking available at both sites – swipe card should allow you access.

Public Transit

BC Transit: take the #8, #10, #11 (Fort Street side) or #14

Key Locations

Resident Lounge/Call rooms

Coronation Annex, 2nd floor

Computers

Computer workstations available in both lounges, ER, and on the floor. Generally you’re able to dictate at any of these stations.

Library

Library at RJH is across from Coronation Annex lecture theatre CA125

Important Contacts

Susanne Phillips, Program Manager

UBC Regional Specialty Training Programs-Vancouver Island

Royal Jubilee Hospital Rm 108 Coronation Annex

1952 Bay Street

Victoria BC V8R 1J8

T: 250.519.1509 I F: 250.519.1500

Email: susanne.phillips@viha.ca

http://www.med.ubc.ca/postgrad

Angela Dawe, Senior Program Assistant

UBC Regional Specialty Training Program-Vancouver Island

Royal Jubilee Hospital, Room 106 Coronation Annex

1952 Bay Street

Victoria, BC V8R 1J8

T: 250.370-8111 x13700       F: 250.519.1500

Email: Angela.Dawe@viha.ca

Food

Subway

  • Monday to Friday 6:30am – 11:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 11:00pm

Tim Horton’s

  • Daily 6:30am – 7:00pm

Good Earth

  • Monday to Friday 6:30am – 8:00pm
  • Weekends 8:00am – 8:00pm

2mato

  • Monday to Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm (closed holidays)

Resident Tips

Many rotations will require time at both hospitals. Pediatrics wards are exclusively at VGH.

RJH is close to downtown and may be within walking distance depending on the area in which you’re staying.

Call room space is ample at RJH.

Surrey Memorial Hospital is a publicly funded hospital in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Located at 13750 96 Avenue
Surrey, B.C. V3V 1Z2 SMH is accessible by public transit including Expo line Skytrain to King George Station and Bus 96. A map is available here.

Transportation

Parking

Paid:

Parking at the hospital: North, South, & Tower Parkade

Cost: $5.50/day or $45/month, about $500/year

No street parking anywhere close by

Bikes

Bike locker located in one of the parkades, and one of the UBC administrators, Barbara Shield, will provide you with access to.

There are also some bike racks in front of the main entrance of the hospital.

Public Transit

There are several buses that come by see translink for full details

Intra-Hospital Shuttle

Shuttle from/to: King George skytrain station to SMH and JPOCS outpatient clinic.

Key Locations

Where to get parking pass

You pay at the cashier on the second floor at SMH, in the connection between Critical Care Tower and the North building (older part of hospital), and you take the receipt to Kathleen McIntosh (administrator) on 3rd floor of Critical Care tower (UBC office), and she will give you the pass.

Admin contact/ID services

Kathleen McIntosh:

Kathleen.Mcintosh@fraserhealth.ca

Barbara Shield:

Barbara.Shield@fraserhealth.ca

Postgrad Contact

Barbara Shield:

Barbara.Shield@fraserhealth.ca

Food

Food options (in hospital and nearby) & hours of operation: 

Hospital cafeteria

The following are all across from the hospital, walking distance:

Subway, Queseda, Tim Hortons, Dairy Queen, Brown Social Restaurant

There are many other restaurants and bars that are about 3-10 min driving distance.

Resident Tips

There are 20 brand new Call Rooms and a very large resident lounge with a big fridge, water cooler, microwave, and TV. SMH is in the process of getting some gym equipment for the lounge as well.

For some rotations, for example, General Surgery Residents are required to travel between SMH and JPOCS outpatient clinic in one day.

There is also a walk-in clinic, physiotherapy, and massage therapy clinic across from the hospital.

The Library is on the 3rd floor of the Critical Care tower, right beside the Call Rooms and Residents have access 24/7. There is one librarian at the library Tues-Friday 8am-4pm.

Location of Resident Lounge and/or Call Rooms

3rd floor on the Critical Care Tower – at the end of the hallway beside the library.

Location of Computer Work Stations and where to dictate

There are 2 computer stations in resident lounge, and 4-6 computers at the library. Residents will have access to these 24/7.

There are phones in every call room (total of 20 call rooms), as well as 1 phone in the resident lounge and 2 phones at the library.

St. Paul’s Hospital is located at 1081 Burrard Street in Vancouver. A map of the hospital is available here. There is an orientation prior to residency where administrative information is provided. You can also speak with your program administrator. Providence Health Care ID photos are taken at VGH.

Transportation

Parking

Driving to work every day is not recommended, as it is difficult to find parking at SPH parkade unless you come at nursing shift change (7am, 7pm). Most residents live nearby or take public transit/bike.

  • Currently the only SPH parking offered is on a daily basis for a discounted employee rate of 5.50$ for 14 hrs (SPH parkade)
    • The wait list for an annual pass ($1105.24) is three years long
  • You could rent a parking spot from someone who lives in an apartment downtown (check Craigslist)
  • Advanced Parking is offering special monthly rates of $50.00 in the Supervalue parking lot (Lot #9027) located at 1237 Davie Street. Email a copy of your ID Badge to monthlyparking@advpark.com. You can also call them at 604-909-3787
  • Sheraton Wall Centre is located at 1088 Burrard Street. The entrance to the parking lot is from Hornby street, just past Subway. Phone 604-893-7186. Special rate of $14.00 per day. You must show your ID badge in order to get this discounted rate.

For a parking pass call VGH employee parking services: 604-875-4111 (Ask for Parking Services)

Bikes:

There is a special lock-up area located in the Parkade of the hospital. You will need to have access added to your ID swipe card. Please call Protection Services at 68819 for access. Do not lock your bike to anything other than a bike rack, or it may be removed by Security.

Public Transit

Buses that go near SPH include:

#1 Burrard Station/Beach,

#2 Macdonald – 16th Avenue/Burrard Station

#22 Knight/Macdonald

#44 UBC/Downtown

See http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire for details/trip planning from your location

Intra-Hospital Shuttle

The hospital shuttle goes from SPH to Youville Residence, with stops on the way at BCCA, VGH, GF Strong, and Children’s Hospital. It runs weekdays. The first one leaves at 0705 and the last one leaves at 1705, in thirty minute intervals. Another shuttle goes from Youville Residence to SPH, with the same stops. The schedule is available here.

Key Locations

Resident Lounge/Call Rooms

Resident lounge and call rooms are located on the 6th floor of the Burrard building. The elevator right across from the gift shop goes straight up to the call room area.

  • Once you get off the elevator, there are two sides, both of which have a lounge and call rooms (one side has designated call rooms, the other has free for all call rooms, which you can sign up for on the sheet on the door the day that you are on call).

Computers

Computer workstations are at every Wallaroo along the ward hallways

Dictation Spaces

Each ward has a small dictation room with a phone and computer, usually behind/close to the nursing station

Library

There is no librarian stationed here, but it is a nicely decorated study space in the basement of the hospital.

Food

In-Hospital

  • Cafeteria (4th floor of the Providence Building)
    • Serves hot entrees, soup, sandwiches, deli-bar, salad bar, beverages, and a variety of desserts and other treats. The cafeteria is open Monday to Friday from 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and on weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • Vending Machines near cafeteria

Out-of-Hospital

Out-of-Hospital food options include restaurants on Davie Street most of which open until 9pm.

  • Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Tavern on Davie opens Monday-Sunday until 11:30pm
  • Beyond Cafe on Burrard and Comox (side entrance of SPH), which opens till 10pm on weekdays.
  • Seven-Eleven on Burrard

Resident Tips

  • On the main floor of the Providence Building, the exit in the stairwell at the end of the hallway after you pass the GI clinic and the U/S clinic brings you right to Davie Street, for easy access to food and coffee breaks. When you come back in this same exit, if you go one floor higher in the stairwell (2nd floor), you will end up right at the CCU!
  • The elevators in Providence Building are old and slow, and often show that they are going in the direction other than they are really going. You should just get on any elevator that comes.
  • Scrubs can be found in the ER and the OR. You can just take them from the cart.

Vancouver General Hospital is located at 899 West 12th Avenue in Vancouver. The Photo ID Processing Centre is located at in Room 17 of the basement of the Doctors Residence, 2775 Heather Street. To obtain photo identification, you have to bring a piece of government- issued photo ID (Driver’s License, Passport, Citizenship Card, etc). Hours are Monday – Friday, 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:30, with the exception of statutory holidays. Contact vchphotoid@vch.ca or 604-875-4560. A map of the hospital is available here.

Transportation

Parking

In-Hospital:

The main VGH parkade is located on Laurel St, between 12th and 13th Avenue, across the street from Jim Pattison and Centennial Pavillion. Daily parking is $8.00 if you show your hospital ID, otherwise it is $18.75 for 24 hours. Parking is also available at Diamond Health Care Centre (entrance on Laurel between 12th and 11th).

For a parking pass call 604-875-411 ext 21622 or 604-875-2000 Ext: 6865 or email parking@vch.ca for more information.

Street:

There are many 2-hour parking spots around the hospital (eg. on Oak between 12th and 11th), however be warned that residents who exceed this 2-hour stay have been ticketed by the City of Vancouver.

Bikes:

The new VGH Cycling Centre is located at 866 West 10th Ave in Vancouver. It offers more than 170 indoor bicycle parking spots, including 12 electric bicycle spots, lockers, showers, towel service, a lounge and a bike repair room for maintenance and tune-ups. For more information, visit the centre during business hours or email VGHCyclingCentre@vch.ca.

Public Transit

Buses 15, 17, 9 and 99 B-Line all stop on West Broadway, close to VGH. Use the TransLink Trip Planner to assist you in selecting a route.

Intra-Hospital Shuttle

There is a shuttle bus that travels between St. Paul’s Hospital, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver General Hospital, GF Strong, and Children’s Hospital daily Monday-Friday from 07:00-17:30, except statutory holidays. The schedule is available on VCH Connect (VCH Connect >> Programs and Services >> Inter-Hospital Shuttle Bus / Commuter Centre >> Inter-Hospital Shuttle Bus >> Shuttle Schedule), or at the Information Desk on the main floor of Jim Pattison Pavillion.

Key Locations

Call Rooms

Located on the 2nd floor of Centennial Pavillion. You will need to swipe your access card to gain access to rooms. Call rooms are allocated to residents assigned to various hospital-based services, and your service chiefs can provide you with the room codes

Computers/Dictation Space

The Doctor’s Lounge is also located on the 2nd of Centennial Pavillion, next to the call rooms. You will be able to gain entry with your access card. There are computers available for looking up laboratory and imaging results, and phones were you can dictate.

Library

There is a large Biomedical Branch Library on the second floor of Diamond Health Care Centre, which has a constantly updated catalog of medical textbooks and journals. There is 24/7 swipe card access (contact Brookfield GIS for access dhcchelp@brookfieldgis.com). They are staffed throughout the da, but hours change for the summer. Check on the UBC Library website for full hours, including weekend and holiday hours, which vary depending on the time of year.

You can access Library Services via the hospital Intranet (called “VCH Connect” – opens up whenever you open Internet Explorer on a hospital computer).

UpToDate is available on all hospital computers through VCH Connect as well, through a link on the main page.

Drug information is available through VCH connect also, by clicking on the “Lexicomp Online” link on the main page.

Food

In-Hospital

  • Cafeteria (level 2 of Jim Pattison Pavillion)
  • Cafe Ami (level 1 of Jim Pattison Pavillion) – light snacks
  • Starbucks (Diamond Health Centre)
  • Salad Loop (Diamond Health Centre)
  • Zookaz Kaffee (Diamond Health Centre)

Out-of-Hospital

Outside of VGH campus, places to eat include Falafully Good donairs and shwarma (3170 Oak St, between 15th and 16th), Shizen Ya sushi (1102 W. Broadway), 24/7 Thai (986 W Broadway, next to 7 Eleven; usually open until 3:00am), and Banana Leaf Malaysian food (820 W Broadway, Vancouver). There is also a Whole Foods market located near Broadway and Cambie (510 W 8th Ave).

Victoria General Hospital is located at 1 Hospital Way. A map of the hospital is available here.

Transportation

Parking

Parking meters: $2.75 for 2 hours

Weekly permits: $26.75 (purchase at parking machines)

Temporary parking available for RJH and VGH employees for $85/month

Parking pass available at VGH parking office near cafeteria entrance

Bikes:

Bike parking available at both sites, swipe card should allow access

Public Transit

BC Transit: take the #14, #22, or #39

Food

VGH Simply Puur (Cafeteria)

  • Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday/Stat Holidays 11:30 am – 6:30 pm

Tim’s On the Go

  • Monday to Friday 6:30 am-7:30 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday/Stat Holidays 7:00 am-7:30 pm

Key Locations

Call Rooms/Lounge

Resident lounge and call rooms at VGH is near emergency department at Island Medical Program

Computers/Dictation Space

Computer workstations available in both lounges, ER, and on the floor. Generally you’re able to dictate at any of these stations.

Library

Left off main foyer Room S254
phone:   (250) 727-4204

Resident Tips

VGH is a 10-15 min drive from downtown.

VGH has a booking system where you write your name on the call room door the day of your call shift.

Food options are minimal.