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New Lifeguard app launched to help prevent overdoses

To help save more lives and ensure people who use drugs alone have access to the supports they need, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), in partnership with regional health authorities and Lifeguard Digital Health, is launching a new made-in-B.C. resource called the Lifeguard App.

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Island Health to lift gym closure order

Island Health’s Medical Health Officer will lift an order closing all gyms, fitness centres, yoga studios or similar personal training facilities, effective May 19, 2020. 

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Nursing Week: Public Health Nursing in the time of COVID-19

As we celebrate Nursing Week in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the ideal time to shine the spotlight on a small but integral piece of not only our nursing family but our pandemic response: our Public Health Nurses.

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Island Health hiring more nurses than ever

As we celebrate National Nursing Week and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, Island Health is experiencing its most successful spring recruitment program ever.

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New provider, enhanced access for overdose prevention services in Campbell River

CAMPBELL RIVER – A new provider with strong community connections will soon deliver overdose prevention services (OPS) in Campbell River that include extended hours and an ability to reach more people who use substances.

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New long-term care beds coming to the Comox Valley

Increased access to long-term care is coming to the Comox Valley, thanks to Island Health funding for 20 new beds.

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Island Health begins implementing surgical renewal plan

Island Health is resuming elective surgeries with new measures in place to keep patients, staff and medical staff safe. 

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Island Health Rises to Nightingale Challenge

Island Health is heeding the recommendations of a recently formed council of new RNs – and fostering new relationships between new nurses and senior leaders.

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Overdose prevention during the dual public health emergency

Island Health is urging people who use drugs to be safe when they use, and to use their local overdose prevention and supervised consumption services. In this dual public health emergency, the overdose crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of overdose (drug poisoning) has increased.

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Capable, willing and nimble: HPES responds to COVID-19

The impressive efforts of Health Protection and Environmental Services (HPES) are another example of how teams across Island Health have come together in inspiring ways to meet the challenges of COVID-19 in our communities.

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