Due to short notice, unexpected sick calls leading to a temporary shortage of nursing coverage, the Port Hardy Hospital emergency department will be closed for the remainder of August 16, beginning immediately.
Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a heat warning several regions in Island Health. A strong ridge of high pressure will remain over southern B.C. through Wednesday. Well above seasonal daytime temperatures combined with elevated overnight temperatures will mean little relief from the heat. Temperatures are expected to lower a few degrees on Thursday as the ridge begins to break down. Daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 34 C are expected.
In celebration of this year’s International Youth Day (August 12) we had a chance to interview an amazing Island Health youth volunteer who lives and volunteers in the Port Hardy region. Isadora, aged 15, started volunteering with the Step Up Youth (SUY) program in the fall of 2022 and has continued to dedicate her time to local Long-Term Care residents, showing a passion for her community and a strong desire to make a difference.
In December 2012, Dr. Paivi Abernethy had an epiphany. As part of her PhD research, she was conducting interviews with various specialists about the fallout from torrential rain in Mid-Wales during the past summer. As a result of the deluge, tailings from historic silver mines overflowed and ran downhill; the concentration of lead resulted in the death of cattle. There were also serious concerns among locals about toxicity in community gardens.
Summer is here and the warm sun is gracing us. In Island Health, our staff, medical staff, students and volunteers continue to shine brightly with unwavering passion for our shared work and the people we serve, despite the incredible challenges our teams face.
Island Health and Our Cowichan Communities Health Network are launching a health and wellness survey for residents of the Cowichan Valley aimed at gathering information that will help to inform programs, services and policies in the region.