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Vancouver Medical and Emergency Services

Content:

  • Hospitals
  • Chiropractors
  • Dental Emergencies
  • Drugstore and Pharmacies
  • Air or Marine Emergency
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Crisis Centres
  • Forestry Fire
  • Earthquake and Flood
  • Helpline for Children
  • Poison Control Centre
  • R.C.M.P. Coastal Watch
  • Sexual Assault Centre
  • Youth Against Violence Line
  • Non Emergency Numbers

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Medical Emergencies
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The standard emergency number is the same as the US. Call 911 for police, fire or ambulance. It is always a good idea to buy travel insurance before you leave. It will covered you for most accidents and British Columbia Medical provide a good and efficient medical services.

Essential Services in BC:
Vancouver General Hospital
Childrens & Womens Health Centre
Burnaby Hospital
Delta Hospital
Lions Gate Hospital
Canadian Diabetes Association
BC Cancer Agency

Some of the numbers below do not charge any fee. Your hotel or motel should provide you with a list of the numbers below. If not, refer to the BC Yellow Pages for a complete listing.

We are not responsible for any change in address and contact number at the time of writing.
  1. Air or Marine Emergency (NO CHARGE) Phone: 1800-567-5111

  2. BC Gas Leaks & Odours Phone: 1800-663-9911

  3. Crime Stoppers (Tips Line) Phone: (604) 669-8477

  4. Crisis Centre (For Persons in Emotional Crisis) Phone: (604) 872-3311

  5. Earthquake, Flood, Dangerous Goods Spill, Tsunami Phone: (24 hours) 1800-663-3456 or (Provincial Emergency Program Information) (604) 586-4390

  6. Forest Fire Reporting Only (NO CHARGE) Phone: 1800-663-5555

  7. Helpline for Children (Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect) Phone: 310-1234

  8. Poison Control Centre Phone: (604) 682-5050 or (604) 682-2344

  9. Power Outages & Emergencies Phone: 1888-769-3766

  10. R.C.M.P Coastal Watch/Airport Watch Phone: 1888-885-6655

  11. Sexual Assault Centre (For Victims of Sexual Assault)
    • Rape Crisis Centre Phone: (604) 255-6344 or (604) 254-6268
    • Rape Relief Phone: Phone: (604) 872-8212

  12. Dental Emergencies
    College of Dental Surgeons of BC (Homepage)
    The College of Dental Surgeons can refer you to the appropriate dentist in the case of a dental emergency. Most dentists provide a number for after-hours emergencies.

  13. Emergency Road Service
    British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA)
    Membership is required but they will provide roadside assistance to travelers. Be sure to have your travel insurance and license with you in case your car breaks down.

  14. Animal Emergency
    British Columbia Society for the Prvention of Cruelty to Animal (BCSPCA)

Non Emergency Numbers
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  1. Burnaby Area
    • Police Phone: (604) 294-7922
    • Fire DepartmentPhone: (604) 294-7190
    • Ambulance Phone: (604) 872-5151

  2. University Endowment Lands
    • Police Phone:(604) 224-1322
    • Fire Department Phone: (604) 665-6000
    • Ambulance Phone: (604) 872-5151

  3. Vancouver
    • Police Phone: (604) 717-3321
    • Fire Department Phone: (604) 665-6000
    • Ambulance Phone: (604) 872-5151

Chiropractors

For more information on chiropractors in BC, visit BC College of Chiropractors

Drug Stores and Pharmacies

Some of the stores listed below are franchises such as London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. Most are found within major shopping malls and supermarkets such as Save-on-Foods, Real Canadian Superstore or Zellers.

For more information, visit College of Pharmacists of BC

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