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Psychiatry

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Clinic at Willow Pavilion

Who We Are

We provide outpatient electroconvulsive therapy at VGH.

Who Do We Treat

Our program is intended for moderately to severely depressed individuals living in the community. A psychiatrist or other physician referral is required.

What is ECT

Contemporary ECT is a safe and effective medical procedure involving the production of a controlled therapeutic seizure while the individual is asleep. This is achieved by sending brief electrical impulses through the skull into the brain via electrodes. The procedure lasts about twenty minutes and is generally well tolerated.

Benefits to the Individual

ECT is often used to treat severe depression and other psychiatric conditions when immediate relief of symptoms is needed or when other treatments have not worked.

Who Can Participate

Potential individuals who can receive an ECT include those who:

Factors Which May Exclude a Person from Receiving ECT

What Is Involved

You will meet with a psychiatrist and nurse who will assess whether this treatment is right for you. Risks and benefits will be reviewed with you and you are encouraged to ask questions. Our staff will complete various mental status exams and mood scales with you. You may be asked to complete self-rated scales as well. You must not drive a vehicle and we highly recommend avoiding any important decision-making regarding finances or legal matters on the day of treatments.

Referral Process

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Electroconvulsive Therapy Clinic
Vancouver Coastal Health - VGH Site
Willow Pavilion, 6th Floor
805 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604-675-2476
Fax: 604-675-2464

Hours of Operation:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Parking is available at the hospital parkade or at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Building, limited street parking, City Square.

There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.

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