News Releases

Vancouver Island Partnership Accord Renews Commitment for First Nation’s Health Outcomes

A renewed commitment to improve the health and wellness outcomes of all First Nations people living in the Island Health region has been made.

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Temporary service reduction at Port McNeill Hospital

Due to limited staff availability in the Mt. Waddington region and in order to maintain safe patient care, Island Health is advising community residents and visitors to the area that the Port McNeill Hospital (PMH) emergency department will be closed from 7 a.m. on May 13 until 7 a.m. on May 16.

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Preventing long COVID in children a cause for vaccination

When 8 year old Olivia Gooch tested positive for COVID-19 in early January 2022, her parents expected the illness would be mild, as it often is in children. However, after 10 days Olivia’s condition still included a severe dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and a low-grade fever. 

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A Family Tradition: Three Generations of Nursing Care

Donna McLeod, Shelley McLeod-Garner and Michelle King share something beyond genes.

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Temporary change to emergency department entrance at West Coast General Hospital

Port Alberni — People attending West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) should be aware of upcoming temporary changes to the entrance to the emergency department.

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Celebrating Healthcare Auxiliaries Day on May 7th

From gift shops to providing patient comforts, from raising money operating thrift stores to donating towards essential hospital equipment, healthcare auxiliaries are hard at work across Island Health.

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Cowichan STEPS program winner of prestigious national award

An innovative program that allows Cowichan residents to transition temporarily between hospital and home has received a prestigious national award.

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Community Service Award winners highlight homelessness, mental health

A teen who started a foundation to raise awareness about homelessness and a college student whose journey with mental illness and recovery is revealed in a local documentary are the winners of Island Health’s 2022 MHSU Community Service Awards. 

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X-ray services temporarily unavailable at Port Alice Health Centre

Due to a technical issue with the X-ray machine, X-ray services are temporarily unavailable at Port Alice Health Centre (PAHC).

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Lady Minto emergency department expansion underway

A $12.8 million emergency department expansion project at Lady Minto Hospital has been launched with an official ground breaking ceremony.

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