In Effect: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s expectations for regulated health professionals during COVID-19 pandemic continue
On March 23, 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer issued an update addressed to all regulated health professionals in BC. Health professionals were asked to limit delivery of in-person services in community settings and this message remains current, despite the recent discussion of lifting some of these measures at a future date. To be clear, the message from the Provincial Health Office continues to be that “all non-essential and elective services involving direct physical contact with patients and clients should be reduced to minimal levels, subject to allowable exceptions, until further notice.” Registrants are encouraged to provide remote telehealth services in a safe and effective manner to the benefit of, and in the best interests of, their patients where applicable.
Timelines of when non-urgent in-person care can resume remain unknown and this direction will be provided by the Provincial Health Officer at the appropriate time. In the meantime, stay the course, limit in-person services to patients who require urgent services that cannot be delivered via telehealth, and continue to consult the CCBC’s website for up to date information.
The CCBC will issue further communications to registrants providing more guidance and information as it becomes available.
We appreciate your efforts to protect your patients, staff and community. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Da Roza