A Lifetime of Care

Keeping families well for over 75 years

Welcome to our North Burnaby medical clinic, with family doctors providing primary health care for all ages

Family physicians in Burnaby, BC

Norburn Medical Centre is a group of family doctors who provide full-service medical care to patients living in North Burnaby, Metro Vancouver and beyond. Our patients run the entire age spectrum from babies to centenarians. More about Our Medical Clinic →

**We are not a walk-in clinic**

A range of services is available, including obstetrical care, medical acupuncture, minor procedures, and childhood immunizations. Find out more about our Medical Services →

Burnaby BC medical clinic
Proudly located in historic North Burnaby

Notice to Patients

Statutory Holidays for 2024 – CLOSED DATES:

New Year’s Day ClosedMonday, January 1
Family Day ClosedMonday, February 19
Good Friday and Easter Monday ClosedFriday, March 29 & Monday, April 1
Victoria Day ClosedMonday, May 20
Canada Day ClosedMonday, July 1
B.C. Day ClosedMonday, August 5
Labour Day ClosedMonday, September 2
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ClosedMonday, September 30
Thanksgiving Day ClosedMonday, October 14
Remembrance Day ClosedMonday, November 11
Christmas Eve – Early Close1 pm close, December 24
Christmas Day and Boxing Day ClosedWed, December 25 & Thurs, Dec 26
New Years Eve – Early Close1 pm close, December 31

Medical Clinic Telephone Hours

Hours:

Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5: 00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday – Closed

Please note we are closed on all Statutory Holidays, including Easter Monday and Boxing Day.

Phone: (604) 299-2677

Fax: 604-298-6656

Medical Clinic Appointments

  • Norburn Medical offers pre-booked as well as same-day appointments, if available.
  • Please call in the morning if you require an urgent same-day appointment we will do our best to accommodate.
  • Your needs will be respected, and if your regular physician is unavailable, you will be offered a time with the on-call physician.

Services at our Medical Clinic

The staff physicians at Norburn Medical offer various medical services for the whole family. We provide medical care right from infancy, and throughout the lifecycle. Learn about our medical services →

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Preventive Medicine

Healthy Lifestyle: advice on nutrition and exercise A healthy lifestyle contributes to preventative medicine,…
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Minor Surgeries

Certain minor surgeries can be done in our doctor’s office. They usually take less…
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Other Therapies

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History Timeline

Did you know that Norburn Medical has been around for over 75 years? Interested in our history, including that of the North Burnaby landmark our office is in? Travel back in time with our History Timeline. Full Timeline →

1926: the Regent Building is Born
1926: the Regent Building is Born

On a chilly Friday night during the height of the Roaring Twenties, Famous Players opened the impressive Regent Theatre on Hastings Street in burgeoning North Burnaby. It was January 8th, 1926 when the first moviegoers arrived at the new edifice. Due to dwindling attendance, which has been attributed to the popularity of a new home-based medium called television, the theatre closed its doors in 1957, and the building was sold in 1958. Decades later, the building existed as a grocery retail outlet when a restoration project was begun. By 2010, the restoration had progressed to the point that the building's current brick facade was in place.

1946: The Birth of Medical Associates
1946: The Birth of Medical Associates

Medical Associates originated in February 1946 when Dr Gerald L. Smith opened an office for the practice of Medicine and Surgery at 3915 East Hastings Street, North Burnaby, BC. In July 1946, Dr John F. Arthur joined Dr Smith in a partnership. They had been roommates for a brief period in 1935 while at medical college in Winnipeg and had met again in Vancouver in 1940 when Dr Smith examined Dr Arthur at a recruiting centre for entry as a Service Medical Officer in the Canadian Military. The two had been in touch frequently during the war when they were both Service Medical Officers in the R.C.A.F.

Canadian Pacific Railway contract

During the partnership, Medical Associates had a Canadian Pacific Railway contract to attend to employees in North Burnaby. For this contract the doctors received the grand sum of $50 per month, plus four rail passes per year to anywhere in Canada. Dr Arthur had an arrangement to carry out three VD clinics a week and Dr Smith was the Medical Director of the BC Government Employees Medical Service for 10 years. The doctors kept up with these agreements for many years since only 10% of patients had medical insurance at that time and Social Assistance and Old Age Pensioners only received 50% reimbursement for medical appointments.

1949: Dr William Lovegrove joins

In 1949 Dr William Lovegrove joined the partnership but maintained his practice at this office on Renfrew Street tin Vancouver for several months. During 1946 – 1952, prior to the opening of the Burnaby General Hospital, hospital beds were few and may patients with Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Rheumatic Fever, and assorted medical problems were looked after at home with house calls. During the Influenza epidemics it was not unusual for the physicians to have 6-9 home calls to do in an evening.

Early 1950s: Obstetrics became a large part of the practice

Obstetrics became a large part of the practice during the late 40’s and early 50’s, the era of the “Baby Boom”. During that period, it was usual for the three doctors to deliver 250 babies per year. Dr Arthur who had an interest and special skills in Obstetrics, delivered the most maternities. Dr Lovegrove was more inclined to the medical side, whereas Dr Smith was interested in surgical, so they had a pleasant collaboration. The doctors worked 60 hours a week and all had young families, devoted and helpful wives and some time for relaxation. In 1950, they hired a full-time Laboratory Technician and although space was very restricted, they found the Technician a great aid both for the doctors and for patients, as the closest lab was in central Vancouver or one of the hospitals.


Learning Centre

Our resource section offers information from a list of healthcare resources that are designed for your overall well-being. As well as preventative health care tips for a long and healthy lifestyle. View Our Resources →

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