If you need help with transportation to and from the hospital, talk to the social worker or the nurse. There is a volunteer driver program available. The BMT social worker can also assist you in obtaining a handicapped-parking sticker for your car.
Provincial Travel Assistance Program (TAP)
All patients are eligible for the Travel Assistant Program (TAP).
TAP helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. TAP is a corporate partnership between the BC Ministry of Health and private transportation carriers. The Ministry of Health Services coordinates the program and the transportation partners agree to waive or discount their regular fees. TAP does not provide direct financial assistance to patients for travel costs.
To apply for TAP and to view a list of transportation partners, see your BMT social worker or click here to visit the TAP web site.
Please note that if you use BC Ferries, you and a caregiver travel for free under the TAP Program. You can also get a Medically Assured Loading Letter from your BMT social worker. This letter guarantees you get on the ferry without a reservation, as long as you arrive at the loading dock a minimum of 30 minutes prior to sailing.
Black Top Cabs have a direct phone on the wall between the Gift Shop and lobby on the 1st floor of Jim Pattison Pavilion.
You may be dropped off at the main entrances to the Jim Pattison Pavilion or Centennial Pavilion. Note that there is no temporary parking at these entrances - only active drop-off and pick-up allowed.
VGH Parkade. This is located on Laurel Street and West 12th Avenue. There are 2 entrances: Laurel Street and West 12th Avenue.
Diamond Health Care Centre Parkade. This is located on Laurel Street, between West 10th and West 12th Avenues. There is only one entrance and it is accessible via Laurel Street.
The parking rate for both garages is $1.75 per half-hour, with a $15 daily maximum. It may be more economical to buy a 2-week or 1 month parking pass. Ask the parking attendants for more information.
There are 12 metered handicapped parking spaces located under the ramp off West 12th Avenue.
There are 10 metered handicapped parking spaces located off West 10th Avenue in the inner courtyard between Centennial Pavilion and Heather Pavilion.
There are 20 metered parking spaces on the upper ramp at the Jim Pattison Pavilion entrance.
All metered parking spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.
There is free street parking available on the street if you have time to drive around the side streets and don’t mind walking a few blocks. Street parking has a maximum 2-hour limit between 6am and 6pm. No time limit at night between 6pm and 6am.
Alternative Parking Facilities**
In addition to the hospital parkades, there are a number of alternative parking facilities.
Click here for a list of alternative parking facilities around Vancouver General Hospital.
** Rates and hours are not guaranteed, and subject to change. The facilities cited are only suggested as possible alternatives and no endorsements or comments are in any way implied with regard to quality, safety, or other aspects of operations.