Effective immediately, the Rapid Access Addictions Clinic (RAAC) at St. Paul’s Hospital will be moving to the HUB ED space. This is to help decrease traffic inside the hospital, and also to protect our clients from unnecessary visits to the hospital. As well, we want to do our part to encourage social distancing and protect staff and other patients in SPH from additional contact with others.

While other ambulatory clinics and outpatient services have been able to minimize in-person visits by moving to telehealth, RAAC has not been able to do that. Many RAAC clients do not have phone or computer access. The opioid crisis continues and our clients need continued access to addictions treatment.

Anecdotally, we are also hearing from our clients that there is an increased interest in engaging in treatment right now as drug supply is being impacted by the COVID-19 situation and the cost of drugs is going up. This is why it is vital we continue providing a safe place for people to access treatment.

We will continue to ensure the health and safety of our staff. They are following the same PPE protocol as the EDs.

We are providing maps to the door ambassadors at SPH so they can help direct our clients to the new location. We will also have signage up to help with directing traffic. Map can be found at the bottom of the RAAC website.

For now, RAAC will remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This page last updated Mar 23, 2020 5:15pm PDT