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World Rabies Day 2021: Facts, not fear

September 28 marks the 15th World Rabies Day, a global day of action and awareness dedicated to rabies prevention. This year’s theme focuses on facts about rabies – so in that spirit, Island Health offers FAQs below to shed light on some commonly asked questions.  

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New COVID-19 testing & collection site in South Island

Island Health has opened a new COVID-19 testing and collection site at the Victoria Conference Centre. People with cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms can now book an appointment to get a test at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas Street).

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Primary care memory clinics to benefit Island Health seniors

Two new primary care memory clinics, located in Victoria and Nanaimo, will provide support to adults concerned about cognitive changes, such as memory loss. These clinics feature an interdisciplinary team of family physicians, nurses, social workers, and occupational therapists, with back up support from specialists if necessary.

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Island Health employee helps secure funding windfall for clean water project in Zambia

Imagine asking for something of great importance, hoping for the best, and then discovering that you will receive nearly 115 times more than you originally requested. That is exactly what happened to Island Health employee Brianna Swan when she submitted a grant proposal for a clean water project in southern Africa.

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Outbreak declared at Victoria Chinatown Care Centre Long-Term Care

Island Health’s outbreak response has identified two cases of COVID-19 at Victoria Chinatown Care Centre Long-Term Care, declaring an outbreak.

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Cancer Awareness and the Legacy of Terry Fox

September is awareness month for blood cancer, childhood cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. With one in two Canadians expected to battle some form of cancer in their lifetime, the need for cancer research continues to this day. 

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Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak over at Sunset Lodge long-term care home

Island Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at Sunset Lodge long-term care home in Victoria.

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Island Health Launches Forensic Nurse Examiner Video Series

You are not alone and what has happened to you is not your fault. This is just one of many important messages that Island Health’s newly launched four-part Forensic Nurse Examiner video series aims to impart.

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Community health care is essential, even during a pandemic

Island Health provides community health services to over 20,000 clients annually to help people across the region live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Each day 8,000 clients living in communities across Island Health receive home care visits.

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PES Acute Psychiatry Revitalization Action Update

Island Health has launched a Psychiatric Emergency Services/Acute Care Improvement Project. This project involves dedicated personnel looking at many aspects of care.

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