Glengarry Transitional Care Unit - Mental Health

The Glengarry Transitional Care Unit (GTCU) provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary short term transitional care and discharge planning with patients and families in a small and focused unit, to support the timely and safe discharge of patients to appropriate longer-term locations in the community.

The GTCU is a regional island-wide resource for people who are affected by combinations of mental health, physical health, behavioural and substance use issues who have multifaceted and unique needs that are often not aligned with established community service delivery models and as such are challenging to place in our current continuum of community based settings.

The following professional and paraprofessional practice areas are included in the staffing model:

  • physician services (GP and specialist)
  • nursing
  • community access case management
  • social work
  • recreation therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • mental health and substance use support workers
  • dietitian
  • administrative support

The length of stay at the GTCU is variable and determined by individual need, with the goal being to transition clients through within a relatively short time.  

Access Services

The GTCU Access Protocol facilitates rapid hospital discharge and rapid admission to GTCU. The Island-wide Hospital to Home (H2H) Committee typically recommends patients for admission to the unit, but referrals may also be made by Clinical and Site Directors. Access to these beds is managed through a collaborative panel process with representation from Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) and Home and Community Care (HCC).

For immediate help or support

If you are in a situation that involves immediate risk of harm to self or others, please call 9-1-1.

For emotional support or assistance contact Vancouver Island 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.

124-1780 Fairfield Rd
Victoria, B.C.
V8S 1G7


Fax: 250-388-2296


Sooke Region, West Shore & Urban Greater Victoria