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RGPLP - Family Practitioner with FP Emergency needed for Bella Bella Medical Clinic

Role and Facility Information

Our team provides regular clinic, emergency and inpatient care under one roof to a primarily First Nations, Heiltsuk Nation community of approximately 1500 people. Bella Bella is a beautiful island community off the central coast of BC, 480 km northwest of Vancouver, surrounded by a magical world of channels, inlets and old growth forest. The hospital, overlooking the ocean, is in the center of this rural and remote community and is a focal point for community life in many ways. Supportive team ethos. Applicants will require ACLS, ATLS and PALS certification to work in Emergency. If any of the certifications have expired, CARE certification can replace the expired certification.

Bella Bella recruitment website for additional community information:


Eligible for Enhanced Skills Stipend

Coverage Information

Coverage Dates

Mar 06 2023 to Mar 20 2023
Regular Scheduled Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30 - 5:00. Assignment ends March 20 2023 at 0800
Yes Yes
On-Call Date(s) / Hours
1:3 or 1:4. Covering one of the weekends

About the Clinic

Clinic Description

Clinic Composition

Eight physicians, all part time. Staffing at 3 – 4 physicians per day. Four doctors/patient exam rooms. The R.W. Large Memorial Hospital has 5 acute beds, 7 continuing care beds and a 4-bed emergency department open 24/7.

Local Resources

Lab, X-Ray, Pharmacy, POCUS, Telehealth.

Emergency Framework

Nurses will call you when needed. Support from Real-Time Virtual Support service. Medivac to Lower Mainland when needed. Strong team ethos: if you need more support, just call.

Call Expectations

24-hour shifts, 1:4 or 1:3. We try to avoid people doing more than one consecutive shift. Morning off following ER shift.

ER shift patient numbers are variable but it’s not unusual to get an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

CME Schedule


Visiting Specialist/Consultant Information

Endocrinology, ENT, Geriatrics, Neurology, Ophthalmology, OB/GYN, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Podiatry, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Nephrology, Rheumatology

Also echocardiography and ultrasound.

EMR Information

EMR System

Med Access

What training is provided for the EMR System

First day on-site training. Info on our physician support wiki once credentials are in place

Level of Support/Care and Policy

Welcoming Procedures

Excellent, up-to-date physician support website that any user can edit (a wiki), full of information for new locums about how things work, what services we have, how our equipment works, our accommodation, recreational opportunities, and much more. Contact us if you’d like to have a look before signing up.

You will be met at the airport if possible, and taken to the hospital and your accommodation. The regular doctors will be pleased to welcome you and show you around.


On-site full orientation on first day (morning) with EMR training.

Physician rounds every weekday morning provide further support.

Social Involvement

Invitations to community events. We try to take our locums out for dinner at the pub/restaurant in Shearwater (a short seabus ride away) while you’re here.

Clinic Policy

Provided at orientation and on physician wiki (see above).

Accommodation and Transportation

The clinic does provide accommodation.

Accommodation Description

Accommodation provided.

$60/night billed directly to RGPLP. Accommodation includes kitchen, bedding, laundry, TV, internet, landline. We’ve made our physician accommodation as good as it can be and it gets great feedback. Generally pet-free.

Most Convenient Mode of Transportation

Pacific Coastal Airlines from YVR South or BC Ferries.

There are no rental cars in Bella Bella — you can walk everywhere.

Closest Amenities

Grocery Store

Closes at 5:00 pm. Reasonable stock but consider bringing your own specialty foods if you have any dietary restrictions or wishes. Stock arrives once a week by ferry.

Convenience store


Community Centre

Small workout gym in local hall

Indigenous gift shop

Bar/restaurant, grocery store (with a different selection), hardware store and a novelty store in Shearwater, a short and enjoyable seabus ride away.

Other Closest Amenities

Electric mountain bikes and kayaks are available for use at no charge. Fishing, hiking, ocean views. We see humpback whales, seals and bald eagles from the hospital windows.