At the hospital
When you get to the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital or the Urgent Care Centre at UBC Hospital, a triage nurse will ask you a few questions to assess your physicial health. The nurse will then contact the Sexual Assault Service (SAS). The SAS team of 2 (an examiner and a nurse) will arrive within approximately 45 minutes. You will be escorted by the triage nurse to a safe, private room, so that you do not need to wait in a public area.
Specially-trained nurses and doctors will care for you in a safe and supportive environment. They will explain how they can help, and will respond to any questions or concerns you might have. The team will offer you choices about your care. These choices include a check for injuries, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and/or forensic sample collection. You will decide what you would like the SAS team to do, and they will respect your decisions.
At the hospital, we will give you information about your legal options. It is your choice whether or not to report the sexual assault to the police. We will support whatever decision you make. If you choose to report to the police, we can collect forensic samples and summarize our findings in a medical legal report. If the case goes to court, we can testify (tell the court about the medical findings).