Street Health’s Nursing team, comprised of Registered Nurses (RN) and a Nurse Practitioner (NP), provide primary care to people who are homeless, under-housed, and street-involved. Clients are seen on a drop-in basis and do not require a health card. High demand services include: wound care, crisis and supportive counselling, help accessing shelter and dispensing over the counter medication. Nurses also assist clients with referrals, appointments and service coordination.
Many people experiencing homelessness have foot and mobility issues due to exposure to the elements, shared facilities, improper footwear, malnutrition, and chronic health conditions. Street Health nurses have specialized footcare training.
Acupuncture Detox (Acudetox)
This 5-point ear protocol helps decrease withdrawal symptoms, shorten the length of withdrawal, and prevent anxiety. Acupuncture improves quality of sleep, stabilizes emotions, and helps to establish internal balance. Clinics are held weekly.
Street Health is a partner with GetaKit (Street Health (getakit.ca) to offer anonymous HIV testing. Access to low barrier HIV tests is particularly important to reduce infection rates in key population groups such as people who use substances. This service results in more people receiving the treatment they require.