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Health & Safety

The wellness of our patients and staff is extremely important to us. If you do not feel well, please do not visit the Centre.

Preventing infectious disease outbreaks

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.
  • Do not come to the Centre if you have been exposed to an infectious disease within the last two weeks.

If you are a patient, please call your healthcare provider from home.

For more about infectious diseases, see 

Smoke & scent-free environment

Smoking is not permitted in the buildings or on the grounds of the Centre. 

To respect our patients and staff who have scent-related allergies, please don’t wear perfume, scented hairspray, cologne, deodorant, aftershave or other scented products while visiting our centre. Thank you for your co-operation.

No-smoking policy

The building and surrounding grounds of the Vancouver Centre have been smoke-free since March 1, 2008. 

No one (staff, patients, visitors) is permitted to smoke on a BC Cancer site.

If you have questions about the policy, please email us at smokefree@phsa.ca.

We are smoke-free because as a healthcare provider, it is essential that we take a leading role in protecting anyone who comes to our sites from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. 

Tobacco-related illnesses are the leading cause of preventable death in BC, resulting in about 6,000 deaths each year, including more than 100 of non-smokers. Thousands more British Columbians become sick from either tobacco use or secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes the same diseases as smoking, including heart and lung disease, and cancers of the lung, bladder, blood, kidney and nasal passages. We encourage you to take advantage of the many resources that exist for people who wish to reduce or quit smoking. 

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