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Health & Safety

The wellness and safety of our patients and employees is extremely important to us.

Preventing outbreaks of infectious diseases 

We need your help to ensure we can control infectious disease outbreaks that are a risk to patients, employees and others associated with our clinics.
Do not come to the Centre if you:
  • have a fever AND respiratory symptoms, OR
  • have been exposed to an infectious disease within the last two weeks, OR
  • have a skin rash (such as shingles)
If you are a patient, call the cancer centre Nursing Line from home.

Patients and visitors experiencing respiratory symptoms may be asked to wear a mask while visiting the centre.

Please inform your health care providers if you have been diagnosed with or exposed to an infectious disease or “superbug” (e.g. CPO, CRE, MRSA, VRE, or C.difficile).

Keep in mind that hand cleaning is the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of infectious illness.

Our Centre Is Smoke-Free

Both the building and surrounding grounds of the BC Cancer, Centre for the Southern Interior are smoke-free. This means that staff, patients, and visitors are not permitted to smoke on site. We encourage you to take advantage of the many resources that exist for people who wish to reduce or quit smoking. Please see our recommended links on Smoking and Tobacco or visit the Tobacco pages in our Prevention section.

If you have questions about the policy, please e-mail us at

QuitNow is a smoking cessation program funded by the BC Ministry of Health and operated by the BC Lung Association. Access the QuitNow Referral Form.

Why are we smoke-free?

As health care providers, it is essential that PHSA and BC Cancer take a leading role in protecting anyone who comes to our sites from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Tobacco-related illnesses are the leading cause of preventable death in B.C., resulting in about 6,000 deaths each year, including over 100 non-smokers.

Thousands more British Columbians become sick from either tobacco use or second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke causes the same diseases as smoking, including heart and lung desease, and cancers of the lung, bladder, blood, kidney and nasal passages.

Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior is a "scent free" environment

In consideration of our patients and staff who have scent-related allergies kindly refrain from wearing perfume, scented hairspray, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave or other scented products while visiting our centre. Thank you for your co-operation.

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