New Study Considers Rapid Testing for Urgent Surgical Patients

Royal Columbian Hospital is the first hospital in B.C. to utilize rapid testing for COVID-19 on patients requiring urgent, unscheduled surgery. The decision to move to rapid testing in addition to current testing and screening protocols comes after the Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 point-of-care molecular test was trialed on urgent surgical patients during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Extreme Heat Alert

Medical Health Officers from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Fraser Health (FH) are advising the public that as heat continues to build across the Lower Mainland, Environment Canada’s Heat Warning has now been escalated to an Extreme Heat Alert.

Public Health Officials Urge Lower Mainland Residents to Take Precautions During Anticipated High Temperatures

A Heat Warning was issued on August 10 by Environment Canada which advised of increasing temperatures from Thursday Aug. 12 through to Sunday Aug. 15. Medical Health Officers for both Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Fraser Health (FH) are again urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves and those who are vulnerable from the health risks associated with sustained high temperatures.

Reflecting On the Past And Rejoicing In The Positive Future

Medical Director, South Asian Health Institute, Fraser Health, Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Adjunct Professor Faculty of Health Sciences SFU; Distinguished visiting professor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), Executive Member: Global Association of Physicians of India Origin (; Founding Chair, Canada India Network Society (