On June 1st the VIDC team, headed by Dr. Alexandra King and our HCV Nurse, Shawn Sharma, went up to Williams Lake to hold a Hepatitis C clinic for the community. Dr. King has been regularly holding clinics in the community for awhile now, and when she became part of VIDC, VIDC had the privilege to be part of this community initiative!
As reported in the Williams Lake Tribune article, the VIDC team will be visiting the community every month — and a few days ago, we brought great news! Along with Dr. King, Shawn, and our FibroScan® machine, our team brought something extra on this trip: a month’s worth of HEP C medication.
The biggest hurdle to getting started on HCV Treatment is getting access to the treatment, and at VIDC we help patients with the necessary paperwork to get them through that hurdle. That one month’s worth of medication for one patient is a great milestone for VIDC’s partnership with Williams Lake. Slowly but surely we are setting things in place to make treatment more accessible to the community.
In the coming months, VIDC is also planning to extend our reach to the neighboring communities. We are looking forward to holding pop-up clinics and HCV/HIV testing fairs in the neighboring communities in the very near future.
As part of the event, they had a Health Screening room set up with screening stations for blood pressure, glucose level, tuberculosis (TB), and liver health. We came in with our FibroScan® machine and was greeted by very friendly First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) staff with a full two-day list (and quite a huge waiting list) of people interested in getting their liver tested — there was no time to waste!
There was no lull time as we screened people one after the other. Everyone was very excited to find out about the machine (and about their liver health too, I’m sure). As part of our team, we had our HCV Nurse Shawn Sharma, RN BSN administer the screening and Dr. Alexandra King MD, FRCPC consulting with the patients about the results.
Overall, it was such a great experience being part of the forum. The energy from everyone working together to improve the health and wellness of the First Nation communities was simply surreal!