COVID-19 Resources for Members

COVID-19 communication platform on Slack for VCH physicians

In collaboration with VCH, VPSA has launched VCH COVID-19 Physician Communication on Slack, an instant messaging platform. The Slack platform is being made available to all VCH medical staff with the purpose of providing physicians a dedicated space to have the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, ask questions, generate discussions, and to support one another.

At this time, you are able to read COVID-19 memos and announcements on the platform. Soon (starting the week of March 23) you will also be able to comment on posts, ask questions, and start discussions. You will also be able to submit questions to and watch COVID-19 virtual townhalls for medical staff. Departments, divisions and programs will be able to form their own private channels.

How to access the VCH COVID-19 Physician Communication Slack platform
You should have received an email link from VCH to join Slack. If you did not receive an email link, contact the administrators at or

For more information
Read the VCH memo regarding the platform here.

March 19, 2020 Updates

Grab-and-go meals
Using funding from your MSA and VPSA, the fridge in the VGH Physician Hub for Engagement and Wellness (PHEW) is now being stocked daily with individually packaged grab-and-go meals prepared by Sodexo. These meals are intended for physician members.

VPSA is in contact with hospital divisions that expect to see workloads increase in the coming week and is exploring options for Sodexo meal deliveries to these groups.

We are also exploring options to offer something similar to our physicians in Vancouver Community as well as UBC Hospital, and GF Strong.

Your daily caffeine
Due to infection control concerns, the PHEW coffee machine is unavailable until further notice.

We know you need your caffeine. ūüôā That’s why we’re offering iced coffee drinks in the PHEW fridge.

Sodexo, which operates the Sassafras Cafe, is also providing complimentary coffee to physicians who know the code word… please visit the PHEW in order to learn the code! Your MSA and VPSA are covering the cost of this.¬†

The PHEW is located adjacent to Sassafras Cafe.

Virtual Health Support for COVID-19
Read the statement from VCH here.

March 18, 2020 Update

VA COVID-19 update and controlled access
Starting March 19, in addition to visitor restrictions currently in place, VGH will be controlling public access to the hospital by limiting access to the certain entrances. Read the memo here.

March 17, 2020 Updates

Emergency Childcare for Physicians During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Vancouver Medical Staff Association would like to thank all of its members for their tireless service during the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of recent school and impending daycare closures, and recognizing that your hours and responsibilities are likely being extended while these services have been taken away, medical students at UBC have volunteered their time to support you. 

If you are in need of childcare or other urgent services and would like assistance from a UBC med student, please click here to fill out a short application. (Please read the application carefully as student availability may vary.) Members from departments most impacted by COVID-19 will be prioritized. Please note that this is not an initiative of the UBC Faculty of Medicine; it is a student-led and student-organized attempt to support the physician community.

Staff and Physician COVID-19 Satellite Testing Centre Updates
VCH VA has updated its testing criteria, expanded to seven days a week, and designated parking stalls. Read the memo here.

March 16, 2020 Updates

VCH COVID-19 updates specifically for physicians
Dr. Marcel Dvorak, Vancouver Acute Emergency Operations Centre Medical Director, and Dr. William Henderson, Vancouver Acute Emergency Operations Centre Co-Medical Director, are issuing regular Physician COVID-19 Updates. A new communications platform is being developed for this. In the meantime, you can link to the latest updates:

March 12 Update #1
March 12 Update #2

VA Staff and Physician COVID-19 Satellite Testing Centre
VCH Vancouver Acute opened a staff and physician satellite assessment centre for COVID-19 on March 16, 2020.

Read the full memo here.

Doctors of BC insurance and benefits during COVID-19

Read about insurance benefits here.

VCH COVID-19 resources for staff
VCH is posting regular updates on the coronavirus on its website. Of special interest to VPSA members are the Situations Update section that is aimed specifically at health professionals including physicians and the Videos section.