News Releases


COMOX VALLEY – Hepatitis C is a serious communicable disease that is spread through direct contact with the blood of a person living with the virus.  Symptoms can include fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain and joint pain. In some people it can cause liver damage (cirrhosis) and liver cancer. The good news is that this disease is curable, and newer treatment options have significantly reduced side effects.  read more >

DUNCAN – Island Health and community partners in the Cowichan Valley have increased safety efforts in response to concerns about the number of needles being improperly discarded throughout the community.

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Rocky Mountain Coffee Co.COMOX VALLEY/CAMPBELL RIVER – Island Health has selected Comox-based Rocky Mountain Coffee Co.  to provide retail food services at the new North Island Hospital campuses located in Campbell River and the Comox Valley.  read more >
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When is a smart phone truly smart? When it improves the way hospital care teams communicate to provide better service and care for their patients.

Island Health recently received BC Health Care’s Gold Apple Top Innovation Award for its Integrated Smartphone Communication Technology (ISCT) research project which studied the use of smartphones in hospital settings.

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Vancouver Island – Island Health is thrilled to announce it has earned two Gold Apple awards and an Award of Merit at the 2017 BC Health Care Awards.  An independent panel of 18 judges made up of community, academic and business leaders selected the winners from more than 100 submissions. The BC Health Care Awards celebrate excellence and innovation by recognizing teams and individuals whose achievements and actions inspire others.  read more >

Victoria – Island Health, in partnership with PHS Community Services Society (PHS), has submitted a second application for a supervised consumption service in Victoria. If approved by Health Canada, the service will be the first on Vancouver Island to embed supervised consumption services into a housing facility for vulnerable, high risk individuals. It will be open to building residents and registered guests only.  read more >

VANCOUVER ISLAND - Don Hubbard, Board Chair for the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) announced today that Dr. Brendan Carr has advised the Board of his decision to leave his role as President and CEO of Island Health.

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VICTORIA – Island Health and the Victoria HarbourCats baseball club are teaming up to strike chewing tobacco out of the game for the second season, by educating youth, players and fans about the benefits of tobacco-free sports and the dangers of smokeless tobacco products.

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Victoria - Severely and persistently mentally ill patients are Sara Pape’s primary focus. Island Health’s nurse practitioner is a member of the Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACT Teams) and she’s also a nurse preceptor. A preceptor is an expert or specialist who gives practical experience and training to students, especially in medicine or nursing.

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OAK BAY, B.C. – Each year, 2,400 children are injured as pedestrians and 4,700 are injured on self-propelled wheeled activities, such as cycling and skateboarding.

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