Healthy Living in the North

Our People: Sunayana Mann, Medical Office Assistant, PG UPCC

A smiling woman sits at a desk behind two computer screens.

Sunayana Mann, Medical Office Assistant.

Sunayana Mann, Medical Office Assistant, might be the smiling face who greets you at the Prince George Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) in Parkwood Mall.

The PG UPCC provides after-hours care to:

  • People with an illness or injury that needs to be looked at within 12 to 24 hours, but isn’t an emergency.
  • People that have a hard time getting an appointment at their family doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s office in a timely manner.
  • People who don’t have a regular family doctor or nurse practitioner.
Anne Scott

About Anne Scott

Anne is a communications officer at Northern Health; she lives in Prince George with her husband Andrew Watkinson. Her current health goals are to do a pull-up and more than one consecutive “real” push-up. She also dreams of becoming a master’s level competitive sprinter and finding a publisher for her children’s book on colourblindness. Anne enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, reading, writing, sugar-free chocolate, and napping -- sometimes all on the same day!

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After hours non-emergency care at the PG Urgent and Primary Care Centre

A man with a cane sits on a chair in the waiting room.

David Scott, 83, patient at the Prince George Urgent and Primary Care Centre.

“I think our health service is just incredible,” said David Scott, 83, who got some advice on dizzy spells at the Prince George Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) on a recent Saturday afternoon. “Many of us don’t realize how fortunate we are.”

The UPCC is the place to go for after-hours non-emergency care. 

Visit the PG UPCC if you or a family member are experiencing:

  • Sprains caused by minor accidents and falls
  • Minor bleeding/cuts requiring stitches
  • Mild breathing difficulties
  • Minor burns
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear aches
  • Eye irritation/injuries
  • Severe sore throat or cough
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
  • Mild back pain
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • New or worsening pain
  • Asthma

You should always try to contact your family doctor or nurse practitioner first to see if you can get an appointment.

Anne Scott

About Anne Scott

Anne is a communications officer at Northern Health; she lives in Prince George with her husband Andrew Watkinson. Her current health goals are to do a pull-up and more than one consecutive “real” push-up. She also dreams of becoming a master’s level competitive sprinter and finding a publisher for her children’s book on colourblindness. Anne enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, reading, writing, sugar-free chocolate, and napping -- sometimes all on the same day!

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Extended lab hours at UHNBC

Two women behind the glass partition in a reception area under a sign that says Lab Outpatients.

Medical lab assistants at UHNBC Tracy Ingham (L) and Trisha Scichilone (R).

Lab services at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) in Prince George are now open in the evenings and on most statutory holidays!

The new extended hours are:

Monday to Friday – 7:30 am to 8 pm
Saturday/ Sunday – 10 am to 5:30 pm
Statutory holidays – 12 pm to 5 pm
(Closed Christmas Day, Labour Day and Good Friday)

You no longer need to take time off work or experience extended wait times during the day to get your lab work done. As part of the funding for the Prince George Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) and the Prince George Primary Care Network, provided by the Ministry of Health, the hours for UHNBC lab services have increased to better serve the needs of patients.

You can go to the UHNBC lab to get bloodwork or electrocardiograms (ECGs) done, and they’ll also begin processing any samples or swabs that you drop off. For patients, the benefits of the extended hours at the lab are improved access to lab services and shorter wait times in the evening and statutory holidays.

To access the UHNBC lab, enter the main doors at UHNBC and walk to the end of the main hall to the ‘Lab Outpatient’ sign. Lab services check-in is located across from switchboard.

Right now, the wait time is the shortest in the evenings after 6 pm.

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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