How do I book a physical exam?
Please inform the staff when booking an appointment for a physical, so that we can prepare you when you come into the office with the appropriate gown and instrument set-up (for the Pap). For women under 40, a Pap smear is the most appropriate. For men and women over 45, a complete physical may be warranted if there are several medical concerns or issues. Please note that MSP does not cover “general screening complete physicals” unless there is a medical indication.
Do you provide prenatal care? I’m newly pregnant – what do I do next?
We perform prenatal exams up to the third trimester and then transfer your care to a health practitioner of your choice: obstetrician, family physician or mid-wife. If you are newly pregnant, please call our office to arrange a visit within 1-2 weeks as there are early screening tests that are available and need to be booked early (including dating ultrasound and bloodwork).
Please see the following link for useful information and resources on pregnancy.
Do you provide routine baby care? I’ve just arrived home with a newborn baby – what do I do next?
We provide routine baby care at the recommended intervals (1 wk, 1 month, 2, 4, 6, 12, and 18 months). We do not perform the early childhood immunizations and can direct you to the vaccination clinic at your closest community health care centre. We do perform the booster vaccines at ages 4-6 years old in the office. We also do routine pediatric exams (recommended yearly at ages 2, 3, and 4 prior to entering kindergarten).
You can now enrol your baby in the Medical Services Plan through the online birth registration service by the BC Vital Statistics Agency at the following link. You must do this as soon as possible after birth to ensure your baby has medical coverage:
Are the Physicians able to just call me instead of having an office visit?
Phone calls from our physicians to discuss non-urgent results and concerns in lieu of an office visit should not be expected. Please remember that your doctor has commitments after office hours.
Are you accepting new patients?
Dr. Ip is accepting external referrals from family physicians for patients with skin related issues. Please see your GP to request a referral to Dr. Ip. Appointment notifications are provided directly to patients and their GPs within 1 to 2 weeks, and current booking times are within 2 months.
We are not currently accepting new family practice patients to our wait list.
A new patient consultation visit is required before booking a Pap smear or physical. At this visit, a thorough patient history is collected, so non-urgent medical issues will need to be addressed at a separate visit. After the consultation, your medical chart can be requested from your previous doctor by our office if you wish.
How do I book to complete a form?
Most forms are not covered by MSP and are subject to a fee (set by the Doctors of BC). These include forms for camp, work, disability (including EI), driving, exercise (Par Med X in pregnancy), and parking (SPARC- BC). Please see our page, “Forms” for our fees as well as for some forms that you may need to be completed. Please ensure you notify the receptionist when booking a visit to complete a form.
Where can I park?
We have free parking available along Cambie Street in front of the clinic between West 14th and 15th. We also have free visitor’s parking for up to 2 hours in the Pacifica parkade, located just off of West 14th. Please buzz the clinic (3029) and we will assist you into the parkade.
Do you provide travel advice?
We do not provide any travel advice. Please contact your local travel clinic before leaving for your trip.