new cowichan district hospital announcement event


On July 6, 2018 the provincial government confirmed the approval of a concept plan for the development for a new hospital for the Cowichan Valley.

On this page you'll find news and announcements related to health and care in the Cowichan Region.

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News and Updates


February 5: Expansion of Duncan wound care clinic benefits community and nursing staff

The addition of a third treatment room for wound care at Duncan Community Health Services provides a service boost for clients who can visit the clinic, while allowing home care nurses more capacity to treat clients unable to travel for care.

Watch our video to find out how we’re increasing our ability to care for more clients in our community: Duncan Community Health Services Wound Care Clinic Service Expansion (02:27m)


December 18: Island Health Community Wellness Grant helps Cowichan parents learn valuable cooking skills 

Yum! Parents from two local daycares expand their kitchen skills with nutritious , delicious cooking classes made possible by Nourish Cowichan and a $12,000 Community Wellness Grant from Island Health.

Want to see what’s cooking in Cowichan? Check out this short video: Island Health Community Wellness Grant - Nourish Cowichan (02:20m)

December 9: Cowichan Valley Health & Care Fall 2019 Update – Find out what we’ve learned from Indigenous communities, how we’re planning for an environmentally responsible facility, and hear how the Perinatal Working Group is incorporating community feedback into their plans for a new CDH.

Sept 19: Aboriginal Care Pharmacist helps community members achieve greater control over their own health - Island Health pharmacist, Jesse Inkster is passionate about helping people understand their medications. Read about how he is impacting the lives of Penelakut Island residents.

Also watch: Aboriginal Care Pharmacist from Island Health on Vimeo

September 11: Patient Partners needed for a focus group in October. Thank you to those patient partners who joined us on September 23.

August 27: Cowichan Valley Health & Care, summer 2019 update - Read how local care teams & Cowichan Valley citizens are contributing towards the new hospital plans and are working together to set the stage for healthier communities and a sustainable healthcare system

July 26: Cowichan Tribes and Island Health commission Blessing Tree at Cowichan District Hospital – This beautiful symbol of friendship, understanding and relationship building provides a place for visitors to share well wishes for loved ones and notes of thanks with caregivers who support healing and wellness at CDH.

July 25: Duncan Dialysis Patients Pedal Toward Wellness - Renal dialysis can be draining, both physically and emotionally. Our renal team added wheels so clients can pedal their way to better health and wellness.

July 23: Thank you for help in emergency (Cowichan Valley Citizen) –  Linda Zabok shares thanks for the care she received when experiencing a sudden health event.

July 18: Construction starts on Cowichan Hospice House in Duncan – Celebrating an important milestone with the community and service partners who’ve worked tirelessly to fund a new hospice house for the Cowichan Valley. 

July 15: Cowichan Hospital staff add the personal touch (Cowichan Valley Citizen) – Big city retiree sends kudos for day surgery care at CDH, proving you don’t have to be a long-time resident to be treated like family at CDH.

June 19: New long-term care home for Cowichan Valley residents - Seniors in the Cowichan Valley will soon have improved access to long-term care with the addition of 80 new publicly funded beds in the community.

June 6, 2019: Cowichan Community Paramedic valued member of local care team - Meet Mike Wright, BC Ambulance Service community paramedic and former chief power engineer. As a Community Paramedic, Mike has his finger on the pulse of his community. Find out how he’s able to check in with people in their homes and connect them with specialized services and care when they need it.

May 3: Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project business plan update - A behind the scenes look at our first master site planning meeting

April: A Different Perspective for Hospitals  - Dr. Shannon Waters discusses the benefits of planning for a health promoting hospital in the Cowichan Valley

Feb: Patient partner volunteers needed for Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project engagement session in early March 

Jan 7: Exceptional medical care at Cowichan hospital - A lovely letter to the Editor from a parent to the team at the Cowichan Valley Hospital emergency department; a reminder of how showing compassion and kindness can make all the difference.


Dec: Notice for Neighbours of Bell McKinnon, Anzio, Westcott & Norcross Road: Low level helicopter flight over proposed hospital site on Monday, December 10, 2018 

Nov: Drop-in Community Information Sessions happening throughout the Cowichan Valley

Oct: Notice for Bell McKinnon Neighbours: Minor Activity at the Proposed Hospital Site on Bell McKinnon Road


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