BRITISH COLUMBIA – HEALTH RECORDS
Access to historical and recent health and medical records in British Columbia.
The British Columbia Archives does have records which contain medical information. Some may be restricted for conservation reasons or under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, for example the Tranquille Sanatorium (Tuberculosis) records -Series GR-2654 and Series GR-0108.
A few finding aids for health records are on-line linked in the BC Archives catalogue, for instance, for Series GR-3019 – Provincial mental hospital registers (including Crease Clinic of Psychological Medicine and the Provincial Mental Hospital, Esssondale, later Riverview Hospital and for the Tranquille records noted above. Contact the BC Archives for information about access.
BC Archives, Search information and tips: http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/
BC Archives, Advanced Search form: http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/search/advanced
BC Archives, main page: http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/bc-archives/visitor-information/reference-guides
Note: Death registrations may contain medical information (cause of death, contributing conditions, doctors’ names). Death records over 20 years old are available for research. See both the Genealogy section of the BC Archives website: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy and the records area at http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy
BC Regional Health Authorities have information on requesting records, usually one’s own. But see the relevant District’s websites for FAQ and answers questions on requesting records for those incapacitated or deceased. Map and contact information, including websites, for BC’s Health Authorities: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/health-authorities/regional-health-authorities
Advice from Canadian Bar Assn. BC Branch: http://www.cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Dial-A-Law/Scripts/Health-Law/421
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/information-requests/ The FAQ addresses records of a deceased person: http://www.vch.ca/media/Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf