Vancouver 2010 Olympics logoThe XXI Olympic Games will commence tomorrow in Vancouver, Canada.  If you are one of the 2.3 million people expected to descend on British Columbia you should familiarize yourself with the recommended hospitals and emergency information.  You could be perfectly healthy when you arrive, but the elements and the large volume of people in crowded areas will expose you to potential injury or illness.  The Centers for Disease Control has put together a webpage full of suggestions for keeping healthy at the games, but in the event these tips fail to help you, here is some additional information:

In the event of an emergency anywhere in British Columbia, call 911.

If you don’t need immediate assistance, but you are looking for medical advice, HealthLink BC offers 24/7 non-emergency access to a nurse hotline by calling 811.

Looking for a pharmacy?  Chain stores include Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs and Pharmasave.  Pharmacies are also available in supermarkets and discount stores, such as Zellers.

The majority of the Olympic events will be held in Vancouver, but some events will be held in Whistler and Richmond.  Familiarize yourself with the options closest to where you will be staying and the events which you will be attending.

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver was selected by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) as the primary hospital for Olympic visitors.  Vancouver General Hospital will play a similar role for Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches.

St. Paul’s Hospital
1081 Burrard St

Vancouver General Hospital
855 West 12th Ave

Vancouver Coastal Health operates hospitals and urgent care centers in the greater Vancouver area.

There are also other facilities available in Vancouver, including the University of British Columbia Hospital, which also operates an Urgent Care Centre in the Koerner Pavillion.  A private outpatient facility called False Creek Surgical Centre is also offering urgent care services during the games.

UBC Hospital – Koerner Pavillion
2211 Wesbrook Mall

False Creek Surgical Centre
6th Floor – 555 West 8th Ave

Richmond, the site of the speed skating events, is served by Richmond Hospital.  There is also a private urgent care center called MCI Medical, located next to Zellers at the Landsdowne Mall in Richmond.

Richmond Hospital
7000 Westminster Highway

MCI Medical
8311 Lansdowne Road

Although there is no hospital in Whistler, the site of the alpine events is served by Northlands Medical Clinic:

Northlands Medical Clinic
101-4359 Main Street

If you’re visiting the Olympics, but not staying in Vancouver, Whistler or Richmond, visit for information on the facilities available where you are.  Healthy Travel Blog readers, sign up for a free thirty day trial of the mPassport mobile website here, just select coupon code and enter the code “Vancouver.”


About The Author

Laura Hilton serves as head of International Provider Network Development. Laura oversees all HTH international medical assistance operations and leads development of HTH’s international provider community and online databases from her office in London. Laura joined HTH in 2000 in the role of international provider recruitment and relations. She has extensive experience in emergency assistance operations and has developed medical evacuation plans for over 500 corporations. Fluent in five languages, she has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the former Soviet Union to evaluate international medical facilities and design healthcare solutions for travelers and business expatriates. Laura is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A.

1 Comment

  1. Great list, exactly what I was looking for… not many people cover the hospitals of an area, but some of us need to know and it’s nice when someone goes through the trouble to put the info together! I appreciate your hard work!

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