If you’re a Canadian rural healthcare provider who is managing a suspected case of COVID-19, there is a real-time virtual support available for you.
The Rural Outreach Support group (ROSe) is a team of BC rural intensivists who are working with Dr. John Pawlovich and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) to provide a wide range of advice and/or support to rural physicians looking for a consultation/second opinion about a patient. This group has previously supported BC rural physicians with urgent and emergent care 24/7, and recently expanded their scope of support to include patients with acute, non-urgent, or chronic conditions.
If you are looking for advice about how to test or treat a patient with an unknown virus or a suspected case of COVID-19, call the intensivists at ROSe for additional information, support, or guidance. There is a compassionate person at the other end of the line who understands the challenges of the rural context and is committed to working with you through your case. Call 1-888-918-0626 any time, 24/7.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the BC CDC web site or contact your local health authority:
UPDATE, March 18: The ROSe group has agreements in place with other provinces in Canada and has capacity to handle calls nationally. Videoconference capacity is being organized – check back for additional updates. If you are in Northern Ontario, you also have access to Virtual Critical Care support through OTN.