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Celebrating 50th anniversary of pioneering surgery at Victoria's Royal Jubilee

VICTORIA - Visitors to Royal Jubilee Hospital can travel back in time with a time-capsule display in the Patient Care Centre's atrium, which features surgical artifacts from the 1800s to 1968.

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So you have full blown influenza. Now what?

VANCOUVER ISLAND – Influenza season is here and it can be serious. It's hit your household, bringing family members a nasty cough, aches and pains and fever. Influenza, the “flu,” can be a serious respiratory disease that contributes to the death of approximately 3,500 people a year in Canada.

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The Flu is here. Make protecting your community from the flu your New Year’s resolution

ISLAND WIDE – As we welcome 2018, confirmed outbreaks of Influenza A are appearing in long-term care facilities in the Nanaimo-Parksville area. Also, there are sporadic laboratory reports of people in communities throughout Vancouver Island with confirmed cases of the flu.

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Island Health Board of Directors to meet in Victoria

ISLAND WIDE - Island Health’s Board of Directors will hold its next open board meeting in Victoria. Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:30 am - noon

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New volunteer baby hugging program launches at Nanaimo General Hospital

NANAIMO, BC, January 15, 2018 – Island Health announced today the launch of the latest Huggies® No Baby Unhugged® program at Nanaimo Regi

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Island Health Magazine Winter 2018

This winter issue of Island Health magazine features articles on the benefits of mindfulness; how to add more movement into your life; caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease along with getting your veggie fix in the winter and a message from Acting CEO Kathy MacNeil on building resilience.

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Make a smoke-free lifestyle your goal for 2018!

NANAIMO — If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, Dr. Derek Poteryko can help.

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Fentanyl test strips help keep people safer this winter

VANCOUVER ISLAND – Fentanyl test strips are now available at Island Health’s supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites, allowing people to test drugs before they are consumed. Sites in Victoria, the city with the third-highest number of overdose deaths in B.C.

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Community Wellness Granting Program

People on Vancouver Island will benefit from up to $800,000 in community wellness grants that are being provided by Island Health to improve the health and well-being of Island residents.

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Johnson Street Supervised Consumption Services approved

Victoria – Island Health and PHS Community Services Society (PHS) have been given approval by Health Canada to open a supervised consumption service (SCS) on Johnson Street in Victoria.

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