Healthy Living in the North

Vanderhoof nurses drawing blood at patients’ homes

Jade stands at a counter.

Jade Ginter is one of the primary care nurses in Vanderhoof who does blood draws for patients at their home.

The Vanderhoof primary health care team has started a new blood-drawing program for people with severe mobility issues who can’t leave their home (for example, cancer patients or palliative patients). It can be challenging for these patients to go in person because the lab in Vanderhoof is only open from 8:30 am to 12 pm.

In the program, the team’s primary care nurse receives a request from the patient’s doctor to do a blood draw in the patient’s home. This lets the patient stay home instead of travelling to the hospital to get blood work done. While the nurse visits the patient in their home, they also assess the patient to determine if they need any other care and connect them with other members of the primary health care team as needed. The team has been providing this service for about three months.

Currently, the team has a patient that receives the service every two weeks. The patient is very ill and struggles to travel. The nurse does the blood draw, the blood work is done, and then the patient goes in for additional treatment. This service saves the patient a trip to the lab.

In the future, this program may assist home-bound people with severe multiple sclerosis or diabetes who need testing done every three months.

The team in Vanderhoof is excited to be able to offer this service to patients and to help them receive the best care possible!

Bailee Denicola

About Bailee Denicola

Bailee is a communications advisor in the Primary Care Department and was born and raised in Prince George. She graduated from UNBC with an anthropology degree and loves exploring cultures and learning about people. When not at work, Bailee can be found hanging out with her dogs, building her house with her husband, or travelling the world.

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  1. Concerned Nurse says

    I have some concerns about this article with regards to confidentiality; Vanderhoof is a very small community!!

    Is this maybe too much personal information about this client? Did this client or his/her family representative give permission for this information to be published and also shared on Facebook?
    As well as the comment: “may assist home-bound people with severe multiple sclerosis or diabetes”. This is a very specific diagnosis, and again pertains to specific individuals in the community.
    I think you need to amend this article to just say home bound clients with chronic disease. AND remove the personal details about the current client who is receiving this service.

    • Hello – thanks for your feedback. We have made a minor edit to the piece and removed the corresponding information from your comment. The second line you make comment about is not about the patient in the story, but a more generic example. Thanks for reading!
      -Jessica, NH Communications