PCN 2 Featured Service: REACH Community Health Centre and Urgent and Primary Care Centre
Standing for Research, Education, and Action for Community Health, the REACH Centre was developed in 1960 by paediatrician Dr. Roger Tonkin as a site for University of BC medical residents to gain practical medical experience in the community. Since its beginnings, the clinic has grown to become a full health centre, with an increased focus on marginalized populations, reflecting the multicultural makeup of the community.
Today the clinic offers team based multi-disciplinary services including family doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, counsellors and social workers, cross cultural health promoters, an indigenous health promoter, recreation therapist, gender-based violence workers, etc. to provide quality care to individuals and families with complex health and social needs.
In February of 2020, an Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) was added to REACH Community Health Centre to provide access and care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12 – 24 hours but do not require an emergency department. The centre also attaches patients to health-care providers at REACH, as well as on an interim basis while patients are connected to other local practices.