VICTORIA –Island Health has identified two community-based agencies as the lead proponents to deliver Harm Reduction services and People with Lived Experience supports in the Supervised Consumption Service – called the Pandora Wellness Centre, which is scheduled to open in Victoria late this spring.
PORT ALBERNI – Island Health’s Renal Dialysis and Public Health Services in Port Alberni will soon be relocating to 4201–6th Avenue. This new location, which will provide our clients, patients and staff with improved space, is currently being renovated and is expected to be open in early April.
In this edition we highlight a pet therapy program that is making positive changes in the lives of Island Health patients. We also talk about New Year’s resolutions and how to make lasting and healthy changes—accompanied by some healthy recipes to keep you off the fad diet path.
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.
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.