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Gorge Road Hospital now called Gorge Road Health Centre

The Gorge Road Hospital at 63 Gorge Road East in Victoria has been re-named the Gorge Road Health Centre.

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New video interpretation service improves communication with patients

Island Health patients and staff now have access to 240 languages in a matter of seconds with a new on-demand audio and video remote interpreting service. Patients and providers can connect to a live, medically trained interpreter around the clock, ensuring no health information is lost in translation.  

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New long-term care home coming to Nanaimo

More people in Nanaimo and surrounding communities will have access to long-term care as Island Health prepares to build a new care home with more than 300 beds.

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New Care and Connection Kiosks provide discreet life-saving harm reduction supplies 24/7

Island Health is introducing three Care and Connection Kiosks at hospitals in Campbell River, Nanaimo and Victoria offering community members an innovative way to access free, life-saving, harm reduction supplies and information about mental health and substance use services, supports and treatment.

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Expressions of Interest call for Island Health Resilience and Safety Grants

For the second year, Island Health is allocating up to $1 million for resilience and safety grants aimed at helping improve mental health, mitigate the harms associated with illicit substance use and build youth resilience. 

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Herculean effort supports cancer patients during Highway 4 wildfire closure 

The impact of the Cameron Lake wildfires and resulting Highway 4 closure on people living and working in Port Alberni, Tofino and other nearby communities has been immense, including those requiring specialized cancer care. Despite being cut off from the critical medical services they needed, the devoted cancer care teams at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and BC Cancer – Victoria jumped into action to ensure cancer patients got the care they needed.

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Island Health takes steps to stabilize and improve south island maternity services

Pregnant patients and care providers in the south island region will soon have access to more hospital-based support thanks to the development of an In-House Registered Midwife (IHRM) position at Victoria General Hospital.

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Port McNeill Hospital staff enriched by strength of team-based care

One of the most unique aspects of nursing at PMH is the opportunity to work in both acute care and in the emergency department (ED). Nurses take turns caring for patients on the floor, and rotating through the ED.

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Island Health Magazine Fall 2023

This issue features articles on dementia research, how misinformation can threaten our health, fall-inspired recipes, the Health Career Access Program and more

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“We’ve got your back”: the inspiring impact of Victoria’s Early Psychosis Intervention Program

Cameron Webster is living proof that life sometimes has a way of coming full circle. In 2014, Webster became a client of Island Health’s Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Victoria after being diagnosed with psychosis; a year later he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, which features symptoms of schizophrenia and mood disorders.

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