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Vancouver Island - Patient care is being bolstered by an initiative led by Intensive Care Unit staff at Island Health hospitals. Critically-ill patients in Intensive Care Units are cared for by specially-trained Registered Nurses, Registered Respiratory Therapists, physicians and allied health professionals. Members of those ICU teams are now also working in Critical Care Outreach Teams (CCOT) to collaborate with nurses on inpatient medical and surgical wards to assess patients whose conditions deteriorate.

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As part of North Island Hospital heliport activation, Island Health will be conducting flight tests at the Comox Valley and Campbell River heliports on Tuesday, July 17th.  read more >

COMOX VALLEY – Clients needing longer term, residentially-based addictions treatment services can now access 11 intensive residential treatment beds at the Comox Valley Recovery Centre.

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To provide better health care for a growing region of the province, the B.C. government has greenlit a new hospital for the Cowichan Valley.

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To provide better health care for a growing region of the province, the B.C. government has greenlit a new hospital for the Cowichan Valley.

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Vancouver Island - Island Health is urging everyone to be vigilant if they choose to consume substances at festivals this summer. Many substances (i.e. cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, Xanax and meth, etc.) have been contaminated by fentanyl or other toxic additives, increasing the possibility of a serious overdose. The safest way to prevent an overdose is to avoid substances completely.

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Derek Smith and his ipcGUARDCOMOX VALLEY/CAMPBELL RIVER - The North Island Hospital has become the testing ground for an innovative technique that could bring huge savings in hospital maintenance costs and repair times while reducing impacts to patient care.  read more >

Victoria - Twice a week from spring to fall at a large garden overlooking the Blenkinsop Valley a small miracle occurs.  A very diverse group of about 20 people gather together to work, talk, laugh, and learn to grow food for themselves and others in our community.  The official name of the program is Feeding Ourselves and Others, but friends and family call it Serenity Farm.

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Vancouver Island - There have been cases of shellfish-related illness on the south section of Vancouver Island in individuals who have self-harvested in closed areas in June.  Island Health is reminding self-harvesters to be aware of shellfish closures during the harvest season. The best way to protect yourself and others is not to harvest shellfish from closed areas.  read more >
Nanaimo – Thanks to the generosity of the Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary, patients and visitors at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital now have free access to Wi-Fi.  read more >