BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre is pleased to be hosting this important new program.
This program is for people who suffer from a group of complex chronic diseases which include but are not limited to:
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Fibromyalgia Syndrome
- Lyme disease
Our goal for the program is to provide patient and symptom-centered care with the support of our multidisciplinary team of health care providers. This approach emphasizes that treatment choice takes patient preferences into account, and that self-care is supported as well as treatment. Central to this is the development of partnership in care, and facilitation of patient involvement during assessment and in the decision making about treatment decisions. Please read the Complex Chronic Diseases Program Mission and Mandate here.
The Complex Chronic Diseases Program is now accepting patient referrals:
To visit the program, you must have a completed referral form from your primary health care professional (such as a family doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic doctor, or specialist) who will be supporting your daily chronic disease management and following your ongoing health. If a patient has a referral already submitted, another one does not need to be submitted.
Please see our frequently asked questions, on the left-hand side of the webpage, for further information.
May 24, 2015: Please join us for a special event in recognition of ME & FM Awareness Day. For event details, see event invite.
July 2, 2014: Please read the new Complex Chronic Disease Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.
June 13, 2014: Statement from Dr. Ian Hyams, newly appointed Interim Clinical Lead supporting all patient populations, Complex Chronic Disease Program:
"I am delighted to assume the role of Interim Clinical Lead of the CCDP. Despite the challenges that arise in treating these complex disorders, my goal is to steer the team towards implementing sound evidence based on testing and treatment, while aiming to develop evidence for innovative protocols to make us a centre of excellence."
June 12, 2014: During this period of change, we continue to work to strengthen the structure and expertise within the Complex Chronic Diseases Program. We remain open to receiving referrals and seeing patients.
Providing our patients with high quality, evidenced-informed, integrated care is of the upmost importance to us.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ian Hyams has accepted the role of Interim Clinical Leader. Dr. Hyams will continue to provide clinical care to our patients, while also working alongside the team to establish the vision, mission and objectives of the program.
To provide seamless leadership continuity Dr. Hyams will sit on both the Community Advisory Committee and the newly established Clinical Advisory Committee to ensure that we continually strive to build an innovative program focused on the diagnosis and treatment of these complex diseases.
May 14, 2014: As we continually seek to build and improve our services to meet the needs of patients, we would like to announce some recent changes to the Program.
Dr. Alison Bested will be departing the Program, and in the interim, Dr. Stephanie Rhone, Senior Medical Director, Ambulatory Programs and Dr. Wee-Shian, Head, Department of Medicine, will co-lead the Program as we recruit a new Medical Director.
We understand that continuity of care, as well as the highest standards of care, are important to our patients. We are committed to delivering this care and will strive to reduce any potential impacts to patients during this transition.
Drs. Rhone and Chan are working with the Program physicians and team to strengthen the structure and expertise so that our patients will continue to receive high quality care from this important Program.
We would like to extend best wishes to Dr. Bested on her future endeavors and thank her for her contributions to the Program.
Please contact the Program at 604-875-2061/ Toll-Free in B.C. only: 1-888-300-3088 local: 2061 if you/your family member require assistance or if you have any questions.
Updated on: April 29, 2015