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Health Authority launches B.C.’s first 2SLGBTQIA liaison nurse program

Program available at Island Health’s Royal Jubilee Hospital and occasionally at Victoria General
The Island Health 2SLGBTQIA+ liaison nurse program is being held at Royal Jubilee Hospital and occasionally at Victoria General Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

In what is being called a B.C. first, Island Health has launched a pilot program looking to improve the physical, psychological and cultural safety and overall comfort of 2SLGBTQIA+ people.

Located at primarily at Greater Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH), the 2SLGBTQIA+ liaison nurse program ensures nurses are on hand to provide emotional support and health-care advocacy and refer individuals to community and social resources.

The nurses can also provide useful information and facilitate connections to gender-affirming care.

“Many people within S2LGBTQIA+ communities have had negative experiences with healthcare systems and this can make them anxious about getting the care they need,” Island Health said in a statement. “We’re working to understand more about how to make health care better for everyone and to ensure it feels right for people of all genders. You have a right to receive the same care that would be provided to people who are not 2SLGBTQIA+.”

The program is also supporting people at nearby Victoria General Hospital when needed.

The hospital-based service was also launched to reduce barriers for 2SLGBTQIA+ patients, clients and families and facilitate access to health services.

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