SLACK messaging platform
VPSA has created a SLACK messaging platform which is being made available to all VCH medical staff. You can download the SLACK app from the app store. At this time you can only read COVID memos and announcements, as well as comment on posts, ask questions and start discussions. Soon you will be able to watch virtual townhall mtgs. Departments, Divisions and programs will also be able to form their own private channels. You should have received an email about joining in your VCH email.
Physicians – ARE YOU NEEDING INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT FOR THE IMPACT THAT COVID-19 HAS HAD ON YOU?
The Physician Health Program of BC (PHP) offers confidential advocacy, support, and referral assistance for individual physicians and physicians-in-training. PHP supports and assists physicians and physician trainees in overcoming challenging issues that can impact their health and well-being. Issues can include: physical health, mental health and addictions, relationship issues, workplace issues and burnout.
We also provide referrals to counselling and life coaching. To access, please call our 24/7 intake line: 1-800-663-6729
VCH COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR STAFF
VCH is posting regular updates on the coronavirus on its website. Of special interest to VPSA members are the Situations Update section that is aimed specifically at health professionals including physicians and the Videos section.
COVID-19 PHYSICIAN WELLNESS CHAT
VPSA has created a COVID-19 physician wellness chat group on WhatsApp. The goal of the forum is to encourage physicians to voice their COVID-19 related questions or concerns, including any personal, family, or practice worries. We do not have stores of masks, hand sanitizers, or gloves, but if you need a venue to share your thoughts, questions, concerns, or simply stay in touch, we are here for you. To join this group, please v isit https://chat.whatsapp.com/GFKd1a797lE2jZnUGLhUCD
VCH COVID-19 UPDATES SPECIFICALLY FOR PHYSICIANS
Dr. Marcel Dvorak, Vancouver Acute Emergency Operations Centre Medical Director, and Dr. William Henderson, Vancouver Acute Emergency Operations Centre Co-Medical Director, are issuing regular Physician COVID-19 Updates. A new communications platform is being developed for this. In the meantime, you can link to the latest updates:
Insurance related questions
For Insurance related questions: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/member-area/insurance/insurance-benefits-during-covid-19
Overall COVID-19 Information
For Overall Information: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/working-change/advocating-physicians/coronavirus-covid-19-updates