Medical Options

Get medical help after a sexual assault.

You may need medical attention even if you don’t have visible signs of injury.

If you have been drugged, choked, strangled or have difficulty breathing, swallowing or speaking, go to the nearest hospital immediately.

It’s your choice whether to go to the hospital. We are here to help, whatever you decide.

Call us at 604-822-1588 (Mon to Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm) for support.

Before you go to the hospital

If you have been sexually assaulted and decide to go to the hospital, you do not have to go alone. Ask someone you trust to go with you and call us at 604-822-1588. We are open on Mon to Fri from 8:30am-4:30pm to get support and explore your options. We can arrange safe transportation and meet you at the hospital. If you are in Okanagan, visit the UBC’s Okanagan Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office.

Specialized nurses and/or doctors are on-call 24 hours a day unless otherwise stated.

Vancouver General Hospital
Sexual Assault Service
910 West 10th Avenue
Phone: 604-875-2881
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Nurses are on-call 8:00am-10:00pm
UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre
Sexual Assault Service
2211 Westbrook Mall
Phone: 604-822-7121
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Surrey Memorial Hospital
13750 96 Avenue
Surrey, BC
Phone: 604-953-4723
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Abbotsford Regional Hospital
32900 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, BC
Phone: 604-851-4700 x646147
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Specialized nurses and/or doctors are on-call 24 hours a day unless otherwise stated.

East Kootenay Regional Hospital (Cranbrook)
13 24 Avenue N
Cranbrook, BC
Phone: 250-426-5281

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (Trail)
1200 Hospital Bench
Trail, BC
Phone: 250-368-3311

Royal Inland Hospital (Kamloops)
311 Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC
Phone: 250-374-5111

Queen Victoria Hospital (Revelstoke)
1200 Newlands Road
Revelstoke, BC
Phone: 250-837-2131

Specialized nurses and/or doctors are on-call 24 hours a day unless otherwise stated.

Campbell River General Hospital
375 – 2nd Ave
Campbell River, B.C.
Phone: 250-286-7100

Cowichan District Hospital
3045 Gibbins Rd
Duncan, B.C.
Phone: 250-737-2030

Lady Minto Hospital
135 Crofton Road
Salt Spring Island, BC
Phone: 250-538-4800

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
1200 Dufferin Crescent
Nanaimo, BC
Phone: 250-755-7691

Port Hardy Hospital
9120 Granville Street
Port Hardy, BC
Phone: 250-902-6011

Tofino General Hospital
261 Neill Street,
Tofino, BC
Phone: 250-725-4010

Victoria General Hospital
1 Hospital Way
Victoria, BC
Phone: 250-727-4212

In Victoria, you can also go to the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
3060 Cedar Hill Road
Call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888 and ask to speak to a “VSAC Sexual Assault Support Worker”

West Coast General Hospital
3949 Port Alberni Highway
Port Alberni, BC
Phone: 250-731-1370

Nurses are on-call 7:30am to 9:30pm every day
Oceanside Health Centre
489 Alberni Hwy
Parksville, BC
Phone: 250-951-9550

Comox Valley Hospital
101 Lerwick Rd
Courtenay, BC
Phone: 250-331-5900

Nurses are on-call 7:30am to 5:30pm every day
Ladysmith Community Health Centre
1111- 4th Avenue
PO Box 10
Ladysmith, BC
Phone: 250-739-5777

Go to the nearest emergency room, clinic or medical practitioner.

At the hospital

When you go to the emergency room, a nurse will ask you questions. Tell them about your health and, if you feel comfortable, let them know you have been sexually assaulted, and ask to see the specialized nurse and/or doctor. Typically, the specialized nurse and/or doctor will arrive within 45 minutes.

Once they arrive they will explain your medical options. You have the right to choose. They will support your choices, regardless of what you decide.

Remember, you have the right to say “no” or change your mind at any time.
You can disclose that you have been sexually assaulted anytime during your medical treatment.

Medical Care

With your consent, the specialized nurse and/or doctor can examine you from “head-to-toe”. They will:

  • treat your injuries
  • offer emergency contraception sometimes referred to as “Plan B” or the “morning after pill”
  • offer medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

They may recommend that you seek further medical treatment, depending on your medical needs.

Collect Forensic Evidence

Whether or not you decide to make a police report, the specialized nurse and/or doctor can document your injuries in a medical-legal report and collect forensic evidence. This gives you the option to make a report in the future.
With your consent, they will:

  • take blood and urine samples
  • take swabs from various parts of your body
  • photograph your injuries and clothing as evidence

They will give the evidence to the police. If there is a trial, they can also testify in court as an “expert witness”.

Store Forensic Evidence

You can choose to store the collected forensic evidence even if you do not make a police report. The hospital will store the evidence for one year, so you have time to decide. If you decide to make a police report within a year, the specialized nurse and/or doctor will give the evidence to the police. If there is a trial they can also testify in court as an “expert witness”.

After the hospital

A counsellor at the hospital will call you within a week. The counsellor will recommend follow-up medical treatment and refer you to campus and community resources, including our office.
Call us at 604-822-1588. We are open on Mon to Fri from 8:30am-4:30pm to get support and explore your options.


If you don’t know what to do

Call us at 604-822-1588 (Mon to Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm) to explore your options.