People and families living in Colwood, Langford, Highlands, and Metchosin will soon have more access to everyday primary healthcare services and social supports with the opening of the new Westshore Community Health Centre (CHC) in spring 2022.
CHCs are community-governed, not-for-profit organizations with services tailored to meet the health needs of the community they serve. The Westshore CHC is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the Pacific Centre Family Services Association. It forms part of the Western Communities Primary Care Network and will be governed, owned, and operated by Pacific Centre Family Services Association in partnership with Island Health.
The centre will be located in the Pacific Centre Family Services Association site at 324 Goldstream Ave., Colwood. The CHC will offer 16 exam rooms and six virtual care stations and support areas.
A team of healthcare providers, including family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, community health workers, and an Elder in Residence will offer primary care and health promotion services that are culturally safe and comprehensive to patients attached to the CHC.
These services will be focused on people with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and multiple chronic health conditions, and for seniors, Indigenous Peoples, and gender-diverse people.
When complete, the centre will begin by opening Mondays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The B.C. government will provide approximately $4 million in operating budget once the centre reaches full capacity and as much as $1.9 million for one-time startup costs.