Programming Connection

Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC) 

St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia
2013

What is the Program?

The John Ruedy1 Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC) at St. Paul’s Hospital is a comprehensive primary care clinic for people living with HIV/AIDS in British Columbia. With a focus on addressing the needs of the whole person and reducing the impact of poverty, addictions, mental health, food insecurity and episodic homelessness, the clinic offers integrated and comprehensive services to patients.

Its services include individualized psychosocial support and case management, mental health and addictions counselling and treatment, hepatitis C care and treatment, and HIV primary care. The clinic also offers a community kitchen. Patients are encouraged to treat the clinic as their space and are free to drop in whenever they want to.

The clinic’s patients have access to 12 family physicians who are trained to provide primary care to people living with HIV, registered nurses, social workers, an addictions counsellor, a psychologist, pharmacists, a dietitian and peer navigators. The clinic is designed to be low barrier so that the complex needs of patients can be met. Patients can often see multiple care and support providers in one visit on a drop-in basis or by appointment any time between 8 am and 8 pm Monday through Thursday and between 8 am and 4 pm on Friday. Patients needing care or support after hours can reach a physician by phone for guidance on health issues.

While the majority of the IDC’s patients receive both their primary care and their HIV care at the IDC, a small number of patients continue to see a family doctor elsewhere and only access the IDC for HIV care.

  • 1. The IDC is named in honour of John Ruedy, MD, who helped transform St. Paul’s Hospital into a comprehensive clinical-care centre for patients with HIV/AIDS.