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Permanent inhalation service opens within The Harbour supervised consumption site

People who inhale illicit drugs now have access to a permanent indoor inhalation overdose prevention service in downtown Victoria, as part of ongoing efforts to respond to the toxic drug supply public health emergency and save lives. 

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New Island Health Mental Health Program Bridges Care Between Hospital and Community

People who experience acute and severe mental health challenges which significantly impact on their day-to-day life, can now receive recovery-oriented, trauma-informed treatment through an intensive Island Health day program based in Victoria.

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Mobile CT scanner operational at Port Hardy Hospital

Residents of North Vancouver Island now have access to diagnostic medical imaging closer to home with the installation of a mobile computed tomography (CT) scanner at Port Hardy Hospital.

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Innovation and inclusivity for accessible care journeys at the future Cowichan District Hospital

Whether you’re a patient, family caregiver, or a member of the staff, the new Cowichan District Hospital (CDH) aims to be the most welcoming place of healing and hope, where people can feel safe to receive and provide top quality health care.

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Walk-in availability makes it easy for families to get immunized heading into the holiday season

Now is the best time to get your influenza and COVID-19 immunizations to provide protection as we head into the holiday season and gather with loved ones.

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Island Health introducing voluntary Indigenous self-identification program at all care facilities

As part of our commitment to providing safe, culturally appropriate care that is free of racism and discrimination for all patients, Island Health is implementing a voluntary Indigenous-self identification program (ISI) at all care facilities where patients are registered to receive services.

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Newly expanded emergency department at West Coast General Hospital ready for patients

People in Port Alberni and surrounding communities can now access the emergency health services they need in the newly expanded emergency department at West Coast General Hospital.

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Progress made towards returning south island operating rooms to full capacity

More people will get the surgical procedures they need, as the focused efforts and enhanced recruitment initiatives Island Health committed to in the summer will enable operating rooms to reopen at Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital in November. 

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Currents Fall 2023

This feature of Currents includes stories about Island Health staff making a difference in Ghana, efforts to support cancer patients impacted by the highway 4 road closure, information about Victoria’s early psychosis intervention program, Halloween celebrations and more.

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James Bay Urgent and Primary Care Centre closed to in-person visits November 2, 2023 due to planned power outage

The James Bay Urgent and Primary Care Centre will be closed to in-person visits all day on Thursday November 2, 2023 due to a planned power outage.

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