BC Cancer-Victoria will continue to see patients this week following a flooding incident over the weekend that damaged all three floors of the building, including clinical and medical spaces.
Staff and physicians worked throughout the weekend to notify patients with upcoming appointments of the incident. Where appropriate, some appointments will now be virtual or by phone.
There is no impact on cancer treatment.
Remediation efforts began over the weekend and plans are in progress to relocate staff, as required, while clean-up efforts continue. It is too soon to confirm when remediation work will be complete, but early, conservative estimates are that it will take at least four to six months.
Patient care and safety is our top priority and we sincerely regret the added stress that this unfortunate incident has caused our patients and their families.
We extend our appreciation to staff who worked tirelessly over the weekend to ensure that patients would be able to continue receiving the care at the start of the week.
We also wish to acknowledge the assistance provided by our colleagues with Island Health, who are partnering with us to identify temporary space for BC Cancer-Victoria staff and physicians to work and support patient care.
Patients whose appointments are impacted by the flooding need not take action themselves; these patients will continue to be contacted directly by BC Cancer-Victoria staff or physicians.
BC Cancer, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.bc.ca or follow us on Twitter @BCCancer. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) provides specialized health care services and programs to communities across British Columbia, the territories of many distinct First Nations. We are grateful to all the First Nations who have cared for and nurtured this land for all time, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlil̓w̓ətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations on whose unceded and ancestral territory our head office is located. We work in partnership with other B.C. health authorities and the provincial government to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. For more information, visit www.phsa.ca or follow us @PHSAofBC.