HO! HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! What do we want for Christmas? A Larger Community Health Centre! Preliminary plans are underway to expand Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre! We will fill the centre with health and allied service providers. This is not a SPA. Thankfully, we have beautiful, well-run spas in this area.  Our Centre has a walk-in clinic, Lab Services, Foot Care, Dental Hygienist, Seniors Support Services, IHA immunization and Psychologist with more to come as there are new service providers who want to occupy our expanded space. Do let us know if you are provide primary or allied services and are interested in utilizing the centre: (sshealthss@gmail.com).

How will we accomplish this? With grants, fundraising, and lots of Elves! A big thank you to all who participated in the on-line auction. A special thank you to those who donated items, those who purchased items and the team that put it together! The majority of the items were donated for our St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser which we were unable to hold due to restrictions. We are pleased the Blind Bay Bunch chose us as the beneficiary of their fundraising activities in 2021. Thank you Blind Bay Bunch.

The surge in Covid-19 cases is of great concern to everyone. Changes in protocols to meet the challenge have been implemented in the Centre to protect our volunteers and patients. LifeLabs and the Walk-in Clinic are now appointment based. Email or call the centre to make an appointment before you come. You are required to wear a level 3 mask. If you don’t have one we will provide one for you at the centre. Hand sanitizer will be provided as you enter the door.

We are pleased to announce we received grant funds to set up virtual doctor visits! This will greatly reduce the risk during these trying times. 

Currently, the Walk in Clinic is open Saturdays 9:00 to 12:00.  Here is more good news: the number of days a Doctor is in the clinic will increase 2021 so check back for the new schedule.  We are collecting names of people who do not have a doctor or would like to see a doctor closer to home. Call or email with your names and contact information and we will put you on the list!

Last month, we talked about staying healthy through nutrition, exercise and connecting with friends and family. The current restrictions can be very difficult for many.  Zoom or facetime with friends and family can help keep you connected!  Do call if you require assistance or support. Copper Island Seniors Resources can help you find the support and resources you need. Dr. Kathleen Irvine, Psychologist spoke at our AGM about the effects of the threat of Covid-19 and isolation to a person’s well-being. She provided links and information, which are now available on our website, or contact us if you require further information and assistance.

Are you new to the South Shuswap? We can help provide you information on services and resources! There are many organizations, activities and friendly people in the Communities of the South Shuswap. All are following the current restrictions during the pandemic and many are still available to support virtually.

Mobile Lab is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 – 1:00

The Smile Mission Oral Health and Hygiene Clinic is booking for December 18th

Foot care is available just call for an appointment.  

Walk-in Clinic is available on Saturdays 9:00-12:00 during December.

Call 250-675- 3661 email sshealthss@gmail.com

2020 is coming to a close and it certainly has been a trying year for many. Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre (SSHSS) is focusing on the future. Encouraging and promoting access to services closer to home. We are thankful for the support of the community. We could not do it without you.

Do get in touch if you are able to volunteer or if you would like to join the board. We are thankful for our front line workers and the guidance and leadership during these difficult times. “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” Our traditional Christmas/Holiday activities will be different this year with many virtual hugs and visits. All the Best in 2021.

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