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NANAIMO – As part of the Province’s response to the overdose emergency, the City of Nanaimo and Island Health will be implementing an overdose prevention site at 437 Wesley Street. The site is expected to be up and running by the end of January or sooner, once the required staff has been recruited and trained.  read more >

ISLAND-WIDE — Island Health is asking Island residents to do their part to ensure they are using Emergency Departments appropriately, particularly at this time of year when patient visits increase due to influenza and other seasonal illnesses.  read more >

After 40 years, Comox Valley Public Health RN Jan Adams is retiring from the immunizing line.

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NANAIMO — Dr. Derek Poteryko wants to help you kick the need for nicotine in 2017.  read more >


Victoria – Island Health has submitted the first of three planned applications for supervised consumption service locations in Victoria. Work continues to finish the other two applications with a second application expected to be completed in a few weeks.

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In November and December 2016, increased norovirus illness has been reported in people who have consumed raw and partially cooked oysters purchased in BC.  To avoid illness, consumers are advised to fully cook oysters to an internal temperature of 90°C for 90 seconds.

For more information visit: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/food-your-health/fish-shellfish

  
CAMPBELL RIVER/COMOX VALLEY A group of volunteers are serving a unique role within Island Health, one that has the potential to benefit countless patients and families.

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COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Nanaimo) – In a ceremony today, a number of health partners have signed a renewed commitment to partnerships for better health and wellness services and outcomes for First Nations families, children and communities on Vancouver Island.

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CAMPBELL RIVER – Individuals recovering from mental illness, families, friends, mental health supporters and community leaders gathered in Campbell River in October to celebrate recovery, promote awareness and reduce stigma around mental health.  read more >

In response to an advisory issued by Health Canada, patients who had heart surgery, heart transplant surgery or lung transplant surgery in BC where heart-lung bypass was required are being notified of a small risk of infection associated with the type of machine used to warm and cool blood during surgery, known as a heater-cooler machine.

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