Media Relations

Island Health recognizes that health care is a public service, accountable to the province and the residents of BC, and as such, encourages open and timely communication with media.

Our Communications, Partnerships and Primary Care Strategy staff are committed to:

  • Provide timely responses to media inquiries.
  • Provide factual information in an honest and forthright manner while ensuring patient confidentiality and safety are protected as required by law and Island Health policy.
  • Seek proactive and positive media attention when opportunities arise.

Media Contacts

Regular Business Hours

South Island   250-370-8908 
Central & North Island 250-755-7966

Weekends and After Hours

After-hours media line for all locations

Call for urgent inquiries only after regular business hours, weekends, and holidays.

All locations                         250-716-7750

This is a Nanaimo-based number which is call-forwarded to the Communications staff member on call at any given time.

Please do not use email for urgent, after hours inquiries as on-call responsibilities rotate among Communications staff. Please use the 24/7 number above. 

General Inquiries