Clinical Services available at the Songhees Wellness Centre for Nation Members and Member families. Our services improve health outcomes by providing culturally appropriate healthcare services including, primary care clinics, nurses, and nurse practitioners.
The Clinical Services department houses the health care professionals that offer care and services to the Nation. This includes nurse practitioners, midwives, nurses, acupuncture, immunizations, nutrition and fitness support and homemakers.
This restructuring into Clinical Services and Child, Family and Social Services allows for a more focused approach to delivering these critical health services, ensuring community members receive the best care possible in a timely and organized manner.
Services moved to the Child, Family and Social Services department include counselling, income assistance, elders programming and youth programming.
Who Can Access Services?
Right now, services offered by the Songhees Nation Wellness Centre are only offered to Songhees Nation band members and their families (ie. parent, child or spouse is a Songhees Nation member). Please be prepared to answer questions related to your status number and your family to ensure resources are being used appropriately. This is a requirement of the funding we receive.
Services Available at the Wellness Centre
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services like those of a doctor. They are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues. NPs can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries. They can provide health education, prescribe medications and manage treatments, as well as refer patients to specialists when more advanced care is needed.
Midwifery care focuses on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Midwives support expectant and new mothers through a holistic approach that respects cultural practices and personal preferences. Their services include; prenatal care, labor and delivery support, postpartum care, family planning, home/community visits, and reproductive health including PAP tests.
A Registered Nurse specializing in foot care provides essential services to prevent and treat foot problems. Service is open to Members with diabetes, thickened or fungal toenails, over 65 years old, or with physical limitations that make it difficult to reach their feet, see their nails, or can’t manage nail clippers.
Exercise and Nutritional Services
Recognizing the vital role of diet and exercise in overall health, the Songhees Nation Wellness Centre is proud to offer specialized support in these areas. Our Wellness Worker is committed to fostering a supportive environment where community members can learn, grow, and thrive in their physical health journeys. Chris McElroy, equipped with a degree in Kinesiology, is dedicated to helping community members achieve their health and fitness goals through personalized guidance and support.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It's used for various health issues, including pain relief and stress management. Members can book appointments every second Monday with the provider for a discussion of health concerns and goals along with a personalized acupuncture plan addressing specific health needs. Acupuncture has been proven to bring relief from chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and back pain as well as provide techniques to help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Conducted by a pharmacist, medication reviews are comprehensive evaluations of all medications a patient is taking, ensuring they are appropriate, effective, and safe. Gezina Baehr is the Director of Clinical Services and a trained pharmacist who can provide medication reviews. Review of all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications. Lets ensure dosages are effective and safe, and you are aware of the purpose and proper use of each medication.
Support for Health Questions
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is available to answer health-related questions, providing reliable information and support.LPNs can provide Assistance with general health questions and concerns.
- Resource Guidance: Direction to appropriate services and resources within the Wellness Centre.
- Follow-Up Care: Support in managing ongoing health conditions and follow-up care.
Homemakers (Various Hours)
Service Overview: Homemakers provide essential support services to individuals and families in their homes, helping with daily tasks and improving the quality of life for those who need assistance.
Service Providers: Homemakers vary depending on hours and clients. If you would like to become a homemaker, please contact the Clinical Services team.
What to Expect:
- Household Assistance: Help with routine household tasks like cleaning, laundry, and meal preparation.
- Personal Care: Assistance with personal care activities, such as grooming and dressing.
- Companionship: Providing company and emotional support, especially for the elderly or those living alone.
- Flexible Scheduling: Services are available at various hours to accommodate different needs and schedules.
Lice Care by Nit Removal Specialist (By Request)
Service Overview: Understanding the discomfort and inconvenience caused by head lice, the Songhees Nation Wellness Centre now offers access specialized lice care services. A professional nit removal specialist is available in her studio to provide safe, effective, and confidential treatment for individuals and families dealing with lice infestations.
Service Provider: We’ve partnered with Sherri Phillips from Bugger-Off to offer access to this service.
What to Expect:
- Expert Examination: The nit removal specialist conducts a thorough examination of the hair and scalp to assess the extent of the lice infestation.
- Safe and Effective Treatment: Utilizing non-toxic, safe methods to eliminate lice and nits (lice eggs) from the hair and scalp. The Health Centre writes a prescription for lice removal treatment, so it is covered under FNHA.
- Education and Prevention: Providing essential education on lice prevention and control, including advice on how to avoid future infestations and maintain lice-free hair.
- Discreet and Comfortable Setting: Services are provided off-reserve in a private and comfortable environment to ensure the dignity and comfort of all individuals receiving care.