The most vulnerable members of society in Victoria are receiving some much needed care thanks to a mobile health ‘clinic on wheels’.
Sponsored by Telus and Doctors of the World Canada, this new roving health centre was officially launched in Victoria for the first time on Wednesday, July 11th, but has been operational since April.
“We believe that everyone should have access to healthcare when and where they need it regardless of their socio-economic status, which is why we’ve expanded our TELUS Health for Good program to Victoria,” said Josh Blair, EVP – TELUS Health.
“Through our collaboration with Doctors of the World, we’re connecting with community partners and leveraging the power of our technology to deliver customized, compassionate care and enable better health outcomes for more Canadians in need.”
What’s inside it?
The van consists of two sections: the first is in the front and meant for patient reception and nursing care.
The second, larger area in the back has an examination table, and a doctor’s workstation equipped with the apparatus necessary for routine testing, contraception, STI treatment, harm reduction services, and mental health care and counselling.
The clinic will also include:
- Blood pressure machine with thermometer and pulse oximeter
- Otoscope and ophthalmoscope
- Emergency and harm reduction supplies
- Vaccination fridge for immunizations and lab specimens
- Locked cabinets for medications (there are no narcotics onboard)