Sicamous Community Health Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

A Community Health Centre (CHC) is a model of health service delivery. CHCs are governed locally, either by a municipality or not-for-profit, and are different than a private medical clinic that requires the physician to undertake the administration of operating the clinic. By shifting to a CHC, the District will take over all administrative duties allowing physicians and other healthcare providers to focus on what matters most - patient care.

The medical services needed by the community will be met through team-based care as determined by your physician. For contact information of other health and wellness services, visit the Business and Attractions Directory and filter by Medical Services.

The Sicamous Community Health Centre accepts walk-ins, whether you are a patient of the clinic or not. On operational days between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., you can call the Sicamous Community Health Centre to ensure physician availability for your walk-in.

The Sicamous Community Health Centre has three practising physicians which includes Dr. Saad Alam and Dr. Vicki Edmondson. 

The health-care support staff includes Health Centre Manager Karen Eastland and Medical Office Assistants Sandra Chartrand, Carla Chmilar and Kira Gulliford.

Meet the Health-care Team!

The Sicamous Community Health Centre, like all practices have processes and procedures in place to ensure the dignity, privacy and confidentially of all patients.  As such, the District Office has no access to medical records, nor can the District engage in conversations regarding patient care. 

Only those authorized to access medical files, such as physicians and health-care support staff, will have access to your private medical information. Although the District will be assuming the overall administration of the clinic, your files will continue to be held in confidence by the medical staff at the clinic as per the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Please direct any comments or concerns to Karen Eastland, Health Centre Manager at 250-517-9414 or

The District will bill the Province through the Medical Services Plan (MSP) for the services provided. This revenue will offset the operational costs including wages, equipment and building costs. Initially a deficit is expected; however, with additional physicians the District is expecting a 100% cost recovery of the service within three to five years.

Please contact the Sicamous Community Health Centre directly at 250-836-2817 to book your health appointment. The Medical Office Assistants will be happy to assist you. 

Saturday Afterhours Clinic

The Saturday Afterhours Clinic launched on October 7, 2023. The walk-in only clinic is open on Saturdays, typically from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and offers urgent primary care and same-day access to patients. The clinic operates from various offices depending on the staff operating the clinic.

This initiative is supported by a variety of healthcare operators in Salmon Arm and area and was created to support the emergency department at Shuswap Lake Hospital.

Dr. Edmondson and nurse practitioner Jennifer Post-Balfour will be part of the rotation on behalf of the Sicamous Community Health Centre.

Saturday After Hours Clinic

In 2019,the District of Sicamous received support from Interior Health and and BC Healthy Communities to create a community wellness plan. This exploration of community health included the creation of the Community Wellness Committee (CWC) with representation from the public. 

"This strategy aims to consider the critical and interconnected role our Social, Economic,
Natural and Built environments as they work together to create and foster a strong and
healthy community where all individuals can reach their full potential" (Live More Live Well Strategy). 

In the development of the Live More Live Well Strategy, the CWC hosted public engagement events and workshops between April and September of 2019. 

Office Hours 

Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding Statutory Holidays. 

Sicamous Community Health Centre 

Phone:  250-836-2817
Fax: 250-836-2867

Karen Eastland, Health Centre Manager 

Phone:  250-836-2817