Here’s an extremely miscellaneous assortment of useful information and links for Parents.
BC Health Guide – Vancouver Island Health Authority – easy online or phone access to non-emergency health information, 24/7 – website – phone: 8 1 1
BC Nurse Line, available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week – phone toll-free: 1 – 866 – 215 – 4700
Community Midwifery Care – Pre-natal, post-natal and birthing services covered by BC Medical. – website – phone: 250-537-2243
Healthy Families BC – website
Lady Minto Hospital – phone: 250-538-4800
La Leche League – support and information on breastfeeding – 250-537-5163
Public Health – Vancouver Island Health Authority – services and information on public health issues – phone: 250-538-4880
Remember: in B.C., all children under 16 years old must be properly restrained in an appropriate child car seat or seat belt. ICBC has car seat info here.
Now open! This is a private counselling practice on Saltspring that specializes in children’s issues. Co-founders and qualified therapists Jodi French, MACP, RCC and Kiran Dhingra, MSW, RSW would be pleased to offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to discuss any issues of concern you may have with a child in your life. Please visit The Growing Tree website, email or call for further information – 778-353-3536.
Birthday Party Ideas!
Yikes! Need a little help or inspiration for planning a party? The following organizations do birthday parties:
Rainbow Road Pool – call for information: 250-537-1402
Salt Spring Gymnastics Association – call 250-537-4865
All part of the joys of parenthood! They may not be a dire health issue, but they are highly communicable and extremely annoying. If you have school age children, it’s a good idea to check monthly for lice. You can find further info here:
Both Pharmasaves have lice combs and other treatment solutions, and can give further advice on options.
Other Health Topics
Parent Groups on Facebook:
Island Childcare Network – network of moms and dads and babysitters and caregivers (open group, anyone can join)
Parents of Kids at Saltspring Elementary (closed group, must ask to join)
SIMS Parent Advisory Council (open group for middle school parents)
If you know of more, please let us know!