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, Planning, and Partnerships 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   250-519-1815    
Central & North Island 250-739-6303

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 below. 

General Inquiries

info@viha.ca