Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre
10 Year Anniversary
Clinic Highlight: Positive Health Clinic
The Positive Health Clinic at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC) is the only clinic in Fraser Health which specializes in providing wrap-around care for patients living with HIV or Hepatitis C infections.
The Clinic began with a staff of two, and is now almost 20 today. The Clinical team includes Infectious Disease Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Pharmacists, and Dieticians.
Much has changed over the years in terms of management of these chronic conditions. Today, people with HIV require just one daily pill to keep the viral load of the infection low. The same is true of Hep C infections. Viral load can increase from time to time, especially if a patient contracts another illness or infection, which is the reason they require ongoing blood tests, medication review and educational support. Whereas a diagnosis of HIV infection inevitably lead to death 40 years ago, today HIV positive people are living to old age. This important clinic helps oversee their medical care as they age.
The Positive Health Clinic sees approximately 6,000 patient visits every year. It is one of 56 specialty clinics at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.