Emergency Health Provider Registry is now openSeptember 4, 2018
VCH is proud to support the new Emergency Health Provider Registry, which was created by HealthLink BC, the Ministry of Health and the health authorities under the BC Emergency Program Act. This registry was created based on lessons and feedback from 2017’s unprecedented wildfire season, when thousands of British Columbians were evacuated from their homes.
The Emergency Health Provider Registry is now open for health professionals, including physicians, to voluntarily register to help out across the province in a time of emergency. Whether it’s a wildfire, flood, earthquake or another localized emergency, health authorities will be able to access it when they need additional help.
The government of BC recently declared a Provincial State of Emergency as there are hundreds of active fires burning across the province. While there is no immediate need for additional health providers in these areas, the activated registry will allow the health authorities to prepare for any potential future staffing challenges.
How to help
BC doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who are interested in helping out during an emergency can join the Emergency Health Provider Registry by calling HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. HealthLink BC will ask for some basic information about you, including your training, qualifications and availability.
Health authorities across the province can access this registry to coordinate or deploy health care providers to affected areas. When you’re needed, you will get a call from your Staffing Office to see if you are still available. If you are, your supervisor will need to approve your assignment and VCH will work with you to arrange your assignment, including travel, accommodation and compensation.
Your registration information will be securely managed and protected by HealthLink BC in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act s.26(c). During an emergency, the registry will also email you periodically to see if your information or availability has changed.
Signing up for the Emergency Health Provider Registry is a great way to help your colleagues across B.C. and is completely voluntary.