Health Care Professionals
The BC Centre for Vulvar Health offers different programs and services to adult women in British Columbia with chronic and complex vulvar disorders.
October 2019 Alert. Clinic Wait Times (approximately)
Vulvar Disease Clinic : Urgent 2-4 weeks. Non-urgent 9 months.
Vulvar Oncology Clinic: Urgent 5 weeks. Non-urgent 6 months.
Vulvodynia Program: New Patient Assessments: 6 months. We are now accepting new patient referrals for the assessment of 19-45 year old women with chronic vulvar pain (vulvodynia). Due to our resource constraints, please note that we are no longer able to see women over the age of 45. Click here to view alternate health care providers.
HOW TO REFER
If you would like to be seen at the BC Centre for Vulvar Health,
- Please discuss with your physician (G.P. or specialist), and have them fill out both pages of the BC CVH Temp Referral (pdf).
- Your physician can then submit by email or fax at 604-875-5807.
- We only accept referrals from B.C. physicians for residents of B.C.
Once we receive your referral, your physician’s office will be sent an Acknowledgement fax.
- If the Acknowledgement fax is not received within a couple of days, it means we did not receive the referral. Please fax the referral again.
Once received in full, the referral will be reviewed.
- We will fax the results of the triaging process to your referring physician.
- To facilitate the triage process, ensure that the correct referral form is filled out in full, and that all consults are sent accordingly.
Wait times: are different for each clinic.
- We try and book new patient appointments 3-6 months in advance.
- When estimated wait times for an initial appointment exceed 12 months, we will temporarily STOP accepting new referrals for this clinic. Click here to view alternate health care providers.
When a patient’s name comes up on the waitlist, we will contact the patient directly to book her appointment. Please indicate on the referral the best way to contact your patient (eg. mobile phone or email). A message will be left for the patient with a specific date and time for the appointment.
The patient will need to CONFIRM this appointment within 48 hours by leaving a message on our confirmation line. If we do not hear from the patient, the appointment will be given to another patient. Only those patients who provide more than 48 hours notice are eligible to re-book an appointment.
- Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program (MVP) – the Clinic Care Coordinator will contact women referred to the MVP by phone prior to their assessment appointment. The Coordinator will review the format and content of the 5-10 MVP sessions with patients. This is to check interest and willingness to participate in the multidisciplinary care program. If patients choose not to participate we will inform the referring doctors office. Assessment does not guarantee entry into the MVP.
INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA FOR CLINICS
|Clinic||Inclusion (patients accepted)||Exclusion|
|Vulvar Disease Clinic||Women >16 years old with
||Women referred for
|Multi-disciplinary Vulvodynia Program||Women >18 years of age with >6 months of
|Vulvar Intra-epithelial Neoplasia (VIN) Follow up Clinic||Women >16 years of age with
||Women who have
|Vulvar Oncology Clinic||Women >16 years of age with
ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN BC
For adult women with herpes, recurrent or complex vaginitis, consider a referral to the Infectious Disease Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital.
For young women (<18 years of age) and or girls consider a referral to a Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist. In Vancouver, patients can be referred to Dr. Debra Millar, Dr Ellen Giesbrecht, and/or Dr. Nicole Todd. Click for referral form.
For adult women with sexual concerns (including sexual pain) consider a referral to the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine. The Centre offers assessment and treatment of: difficulties with sexual interest, arousal and orgasm; experience of pain associated with sexual activities; problems in completing chosen sexual acts such as intercourse.
For women with pelvic pain or deep dyspareunia consider a referral to the Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis at BC Women’s Hospital. The Centre offers an interdisciplinary approach to chronic pelvic pain that includes a combination of pain education workshops, pelvic floor physiotherapy, clinical counselling, medical management and surgery (including advanced excisional laparoscopic surgery).
West Coast Centre for Sex Therapy apply evidence-based psychological treatments to manage pain, but also to help women and their partners to get back to having a happy and health sex life.
Chronic Pain Resources
Pain BC Pain education for providers and patients (including teens), toolboxes, support forums, coaches, and self management programs.
Pain Improvement A step-by-step self-management pain program with pain education.
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