Medical Services

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Medical services

Studies have shown that youth can face barriers as they learn to care for their sexual health*1 and are less likely to access timely prenatal care should they choose to carry a pregnancy to term.*2

The goal of Options medical services is to encourage youth to consider and address their healthcare needs; to help them practice accessing medical care; and to familiarize young people with the provincial healthcare system, integrating them with ongoing professional support.

Sexual and general health

Pap testing with prescription from MD

Pregnancy testing

STI testing

Urine testing - Urinary Tract Infection treatment

Maternal care

Folic acid and pregnancy vitamins prescription

Anti-nausea prescription

Blood sugar tests for gestational diabetes

Blood pressure checks for hypertension

Doppler

Maternal health visit

Perinatal / Postpartum depression consultation

Baby / child follow-up (growth chart, diaper rash)

Referral for a pediatrician or another service

And much more...

Mental health support

Options Pregnancy Centre has a nurse available who is specifically trained to assess and refer clients in need of mental health support. A typical mental health visit would =include:

• An initial client intake visit

• An assessment by our nurse

• An appropriate referral to the ongoing resource needed

Sabrina Raschella,  RN, BScN, MSN  Registered Nurse , Ontario and Quebec   Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  University of British Columbia  Master of Science in Nursing, option infirmière clinicienne spécialisée , Université de Montréal

Sabrina Raschella, RN, BScN, MSN

Registered Nurse, Ontario and Quebec

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of British Columbia Master of Science in Nursing, option infirmière clinicienne spécialisée, Université de Montréal

1 Colleen Poon, Annie Smith, Elizabeth Saewyc, & McCreary Centre Society, Sexual health of youth in BC (Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society, 2015), accessed April 23, 2019, http://www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/AHSV_sexual_health.pdf.

2 Nathalie Fleming, Teresa O’Driscoll, Gisela Becker, Rachel F. Spitzer, et al., “Adolescent Pregnancy Guidelines,” Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 37, no. 8 (August 2015): 740 - 756, accessed April 23, 2019, https://www.jogc.com/article/S1701-2163(15)30180-8/fulltext#s0045.

 
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